Early December was full of bar and restaurant openings in Somerville. I was in cocktail/foodie heaven. Last week I talked about Backbar, which was love at first drink for me. Today we’re going back in history just before prohibition to the era of the saloon. Foundry on Elm is a great restaurant in the Davis Square area. Nice atmosphere, good food, and awesome craft cocktails.
So, it was no surprise when they announced they’d be opening Saloon, a pre-prohibition style bar. Its a couple of doors down from Foundry and is down in the basement. You’re greeted by a grand entrance at the bottom of the stairs. Inside its a dimly-lit, masculine bar, very much in style with the saloon feel. Dark wood lines the walls, there’s a horseshoe-shaped bar, red leather chairs. Saloon has a very deep, dark, and rich atmosphere.
The cocktails we had were well-executed and there are so many to choose from. For food we tried the cheese plate and the Bubble & Squeak, a traditional, English, sausage dish. The food is definitely not cheap, the Bubble & Squeak being $15. They have lots of other traditional English-pub type food such as Kidney & Steak Pie for $26. The food is really good, but if I was just popping in for a drink and a nosh, I would stick with the appetizers and save the main dishes for a night out for a full sit-down meal.