Friday, May 7, 2010

Semper Fi & Lower Depths

Thursday night we attended the Albany Marine Band Concert at the Hatch Shell. Adam and I enjoyed a leisurely walk down the Esplanade on this warm yet windy evening as the sun dipped low over the sailboat dotted Charles and the Red Line sped across the Longfellow bridge.

Once we reached the Hatch Shell, we claimed a spot on the lawn.
This large dome stage on the south bank of the Charles River is well known as home to Boston's infamous 4th of July celebration including a performance by the Boston Pops. It also lends itself to various concerts throughout the summer months.
The Marine Band performed this evening in honor of Marine Week BostonThese men in uniform are highly skilled musicians; some recognizable pieces were played including the Pirates of the Caribbean Theme and the Star Wars Theme. It was engaging and relaxing at the same time. 

Pictured above with Corporal Howell Kendrick Anders (my cousin!) trombone player extraordinaire looking dapper in his uniform. We chatted with some of the Marines we'd met throughout the week and many of them agreed this was one of the coolest locations they had ever played at. Worth noting, that while these Corporals and Sergeants mission first and foremost is music, all Marines in the Band are fully trained to fulfill their secondary mission of bearing arms in the defense of our nation (website). The Few. The Proud. The Marines.
The Marines had an early morning marching performance so we said our goodbyes and made our way down the Back Bay length of Beacon Street. Our destination was The Lower Depths on Commonwealth Ave.
The Lower Depths is a hole-in-the-wall Kenmore Square bar with an insane selection of beers and $1 Fenway Franks! While it had cooled down some, the below-street-level patio was secluded and our table of choice in the corner was cozy surrounded by potted flowers and plants.
Note: this is a ca$h only and a beer and wine only establishment.
But don't fear, they have an ATM and there are over 150 beers between the taps, the bottles, and the cans, to choose from. If you are having trouble narrowing down, the staff is extremely knowledgeable on the 5+ page menus. My sister asked for a white ale recommendation and our waiter knew just the beer for her. I ordered a can of Butternuts Porkslap, everyone chuckling as the words came out of my mouth. How hilarious are the belly slapping pigs?!
With a location convenient to Fenway Park but situated on the outskirts of the Lansdowne St/Yawkey Way madness, this bar can be a welcome extract from the riot like masses of Red Sox game night crowds.
Well maybe not always, but at least tonight, it was pretty calm.
My go to order is the Fish Wrap ($8) with tater tots. A soft flour tortilla gets filled with beer battered crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside cod fish, shredded lettuce, a blend of cheeses, mango salsa and habanero aioli. With any sandwich on the menu you get to choose from a plethora of sides. Go with the Tater Tots. Trust me! 
Leah and Tray shared the Nachos ($9) and raved about them. Everything on them is house made, including the chips topped with refried black beans, melted cheese and the garnishes of guacamole, tomato salsa, sour cream and pickled jalapeno. After another Porkslap, I was ready to call it a night.
Oh and I can't wait for more nights this summer on the LD patio, hopefully stuffing my face with a Fenway Frank and discovering more beers with funny names and one-of-a-kind logos.
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4 comments:

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Sounds like an awesome day! Congrats to your Marine cousin. What the men and women of the military do, irrespective of politics, is so admirable. =)

Boston is so beautiful, isn't she?

'Indulge Inspire Imbibe' is the perfect name for your blog. You do it well. Cheers!

Melissa said...

I'll be at the Lower Depths in a couple of weeks. It's my boyfriends "Must Visit" location post Red Sox game. :)

I even have a cardboard Lower Depths coaster on my bookshelf.

Corinne said...

oooo kristen i love your photos here! the one above "i shot a canon" is my FAVORITE! the sun/light is so beautiful. pork slap. omggggggggggggggggggaaad. thats good. hilarity DEFINED

leah said...

My first experience at Lower Depths was a great one and I want to go back!