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My City: Bar Man Adam Lantheaume's Favourite Things About Boston

If you want to know what’s on the horizon in Boston, just ask Adam Lantheaume, owner of The Boston Shaker in Somerville. That’s because his bar supply store outfits practically all of the city’s best new restaurants and bars, so he can’t help but be in the know. 

Lantheaume started the business in 2008, mainly because he and his cocktail-obsessed friends couldn’t get their hands on the specialized bar tools they needed to make old-timey drinks like the Brandy Crusta and the Mint Julep. He soon discovered that every bartender in Boston shared this predicament and the business took off. 

Here, Lantheaume shares some of his favourite things about the city this ex-New Yorker adopted nearly 20 years ago.

Q: Boston is obviously full of fantastic architecture and history, but are there a few things you think people shouldn’t miss?
Lantheaume: I’m more of an eat-and-drink-my-way-through-a-city person than a sightseer, but there’s a ton of awesome old buildings mixed with modern. It’s a great town to walk around and just look. The things that jump out at me are the Boston Public Library, the reflecting pool at Christian Science Center Plaza, and the Boston Common/Public Gardens. Harvard’s campus is pretty great and gorgeous in the autumn, too.

Is there one gallery or museum that you’d suggest people try to hit up? 
The Museum of Bad Art is pretty unique.

Where can you go to experience really traditional Boston food?
B & G Oysters, Neptune Oysters, Union Oyster House or Island Creek Oyster House. Look at a map and pick the one you’re closest to. Slurp.

What’s the best Boston street food? What makes it so great? 
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of street food by the shop which is disappointing. The Clover Food Lab guys rock it pretty hard and there’s more than one, so you have a good chance of being near one. I’ve heard great things about Grilled Cheese Nation and Mei Mei Kitchen, too. If you’re near the North End during one of their festivals try to grab some food there. Or a Sausage and Peppers on Yawkey Way during baseball season always hits the spot.

Where would you send somebody who wanted to hang with the locals?
I can only speak for myself here, but the places I like to go that feel really neighborhood-y to me are around my old hood – Inman Square or in Somerville. Trina's Starlite Lounge and the Druid, both in Inman, are places that I long for and are always filled with locals. Highland Kitchen in Somerville is a killer joint. Green Street Grill in Central Square Cambridge is good. Hope you get to go on Taco Night!

You’ve gone some ways to answering our next question, namely, why go to Cambridge and Somerville? Can you expand on that a little?
Cambridge/Somerville, or as some say jokingly, Camberville, has a much more mellow vibe than downtown. For those into NYC analogies I liken Cambridge and Somerville to Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens. If you're comfortable walking a few miles at a go you can get just about anywhere between the T (Boston Public Transit) and on foot. If you're from out of town and want to head over the river, stick to the Red Line on the T and there's stuff to do at just about every stop.

Is there one short day-trip that people should make an effort to do?
I love Salem. It’s way more than witches and Halloween – which is what I thought before I got to know it. It’s got a long nautical history, it’s a big part of New England's history and has a great mix of modern stuff as the city evolves. You can get there via car or commuter rail in about 40 min to an hour max. While you're there, hit the Peabody Essex Museum, grab a baked goodie at A & J King Bakery, have a cocktail at Salem Opus, check out the Friendship of Salem near Pickering Wharf. Oh and if you’re into witches there’s still, like, a billion things to do.

Contacts:

www.thebostonshaker.com

The Boston Shaker, 69 Holland Street, Somerville 
617-718-2999

www.bpl.org

Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street 
617-536-5400

www.christianscience.com

Christian Science Center Plaza, 210 Massachusetts Avenue 
617-450-2000

www.museumofbadart.org

The Museum of Bad Art, 55 Davis Square, Somerville 
781-444-6757

www.bandgoysters.com

B & G Oysters, 550 Tremont Street 
617-423-0550

www.neptuneoyster.com

Neptune Oysters, 63 Salem Street
617-742-3474

www.unionoysterhouse.com

Union Oyster House, 41 Union Street 
617-227-2750

www.islandcreekoysterbar.com

Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Commonwealth Avenue 
617-532-5300

www.cloverfoodlab.com

The Clover Food Lab, 7 Holyoke Street, Cambridge;
plus various locations 
@cloverfoodtruck

www.facebook.com/GrilledCheeseNation

Grilled Cheese Nation 
@GCNBoston

www.meimeiboston.com/#about-1

Mei Mei Kitchen, 506 Park Drive 
857-250-4959
@meimeiboston

www.yawkeywaystore.com

Yawkey Way, 34 Yawkee Way

www.trinastarlitelounge.com

Trina's Starlite Lounge, 3 Beacon Street, Somerville 
617-576-0006

www.druidpub.com

The Druid, 1357 Cambridge Street 
617-497-0965

www.highlandkitchen.com

Highland Kitchen, 150 Highland Avenue
617-625-1131

www.greenstreetgrill.com

Green Street Grill, 280 Green Street, Cambridge
617-876-1655

www.pem.org

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem 
978-745-9500

www.ajkingbakery.com

A & J King Bakery, 48 Central Street, Salem
978-744-4881

www.salemopus.com

Salem Opus, 87 Washington Street, Salem
978-411-9600

Published Saturday, August 1st 2015

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