Our Fathers

By Eric Twardzik   Allston-Brighton · Cocktail Bar · $$

What do mid-century design, Jewish deli grub, and gin have in common? You’ll find them all at Our Fathers. At this Lower Allston sleeper spot, admirers of the Eames House, pastrami sandwiches, and Ramos Gin Fizzes will feel right at home.

Pops of greenery and genuine Sputnik chandeliers ensure there’s no lack of visual interest within the airy, hardwood-filled space—but our eyes drift to the 140 gins shelved behind the wide, V-shaped bar. From local craft distillers to new expressions from Japan, there’s a near-limitless selection of gins and no shortage of ways to consume them.

A good starting point on the 30-drink-deep menu is the Gin & Tonics section. Choose whether the “G” in your G&T will lean Scottish, Irish, London Dry, or “New American,” and the bartender will pour a featured gin from your chosen category and spruce it up with a few accoutrements and tonic. Example: request New American and you may end up with a wine glass full of Maine’s Hardshore Gin and Q Tonic Water garnished by a handful of blueberries and some mint.

The “Classics” menu section is studded with all stars like the Pegu Club and the Corpse Reviver No. 2 (allmade with a Bully Boy gin developed specifically for Our Fathers), but there’s nothing quite like a Ramos Gin Fizz. Just tip your bartender well, as whipping one up requires at least nine minutes of continuous shaking.

No gin bar would be complete without a Martini selection, and Our Fathers boils its down to “wet,” “dry,” “extra dry,” and “bone dry.” Yet the driest-of-them-all distinction goes to The Duke, which is simply a dash of vermouth and undiluted, cold-as-can-be Plymouth Ginpoured straight into the glass, neither shaken nor stirred.

Take that, Bond.

Bolster your gin IQ by attending one of the gin classes held on select Saturdays here each month.

Visit the takeout shop next door, open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, to pick up corned beef sandwiches, bagels, or pastrami by the pound.

Teetotalers (or those capping it at one drink) needn’t feel left out: A non-alcoholic portion of the drink menu offers egg creams, ice cream floats, house-made sodas, and more.

Must Haves

  • Like a choose-your-own adventure book, but for gin. We challenge you to never experience the same G&T twice.

  • This airy combination of gin, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, and cream comes out looking like a gin milkshake but drinks light, bright, and fresh.

  • Inspired by the famous Martini service at London’s Dukes Hotel, it’s the ultimate choice for those who like their Martinis ice cold and and undiluted.

Fun Fact

The Sputnik chandeliers and the retro wire sculpture installed on the back wall are true mid-century vintage pieces, purchased on eBay by the owner.

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