by Christine Liu - 156 Reviews - 111 List
Over the channel and through the lofts ... Grandma's house Fort Point ain't. The industrial waterfront neighborhood (technically South Boston, but conceptually distinct from "Southie") is now where high-end havens abut weathered warehouses. In this new-school adult playground--between kobe beef sliders and waterfront outdoor concerts--you can relish the art of Fort Point's colorful past and its posh future.
(Photo: Christine Liu)
Updated: June 30, 2010
Barbara Lynch's gastronomic empire in Fort Point (housed in the FP3 condominiums) satisfies three distinct needs: exacting cocktails (Drink), exquisite fine-dining (Menton) and effortlessly chic eats (Sportello). With its open kitchen, a fanciful bakery and so-good-you'll-weep pasta at reasonable prices, Sportello is the most likely sibling to seduce you repeatedly and often.
Way before the 'speakeasy? trend caught on, Lucky's Lounge sat demurely on a corner with no signage and unmarked stairs leading into a refuge reminiscent of the Rat Pack era. Downstairs await two kitsch-laden bars, Naugahyde seating and countless votives. A resident jazz trio, kobe mini burgers and retro sidecars make it an easy hangout.
It's true that starving artists became an endangered species after developers sent the rents soaring, but a tight community still remains. They're often seen at this underground cafe, which shares space with a gallery and a framer's shop, and features seasonal sandwiches and salads, illy espresso and a tiny, mirror-backed bar.
Tucked within Fort Point's enormous warehouses are plenty of architecture studios and design showrooms, but Chimera is one of the more approachable, yet interesting, retail outlets (despite its space behind a gargantuan loading garage door). Walk amongst the samples of lighting fixtures, ranging from minimalist to grotesque, with rays of illumination approaching you from all angles.
Louis? sleek, modern, boxy silhouette on the Fan Pier waterfront is a stark contrast to this luxury lifestyle boutique's previous museum-like incarnation in Back Bay. However, the hipper-than-thou labels and fiercely stylish collections are still constant, with designer handbags and men's suits galore. Sales are few and far between.