Head home by way of Charlestown’s Hood Park neighborhood this week because Seth Freidus’ all new Good Company cocktail bar is officially open for all your cocktail-drinking needs. The Eastern Standard alum who won accolades as the bar manager at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint is all grown up and ready to show off his first solo project at 100 Hood Park that Boston-area cocktail fans won’t want to miss.
Hop in a quick Uber or take a leisurely stroll from the Sullivan Square MBTA stop for sips of farm-fresh cocktails named for the flavors and textures that Freidus sources from local farms like Pear, made with Flor de Cana 12 Year, Asian pear, butterscotch and pistachio falernum (served hot); and Peanut & Maitake made with Scotch, Shochu, peanut, roasted maitake, soy, maple, togarashi, shiso, and Benedictine. They’ll be drinks you definitely won’t find anywhere else in the city, plus if you’re looking for a local draft they’ve got a rotating cast of local characters and a few carefully curated wines by the glass. They also offer spirits flights that include three selections of Sherries, bourbons & ryes, agaves, armagnac, and more to try, which is perfect for training a distinctive spirits palate. With all that tasting you’ll surely get hungry for bites like Crispy Chicken Wings with Jamaican jerk seasoning; Crab toast with avocado, radish and basil; and a substantial GC Burger with double smash patties, secret sauce, lettuce,house pickles on a brioche bun. You can check out the opening menu below.
The space was designed by Stephen Sousa, who has brought several other lovely locations to life including Nomai (Hingham), MIDA (Newton), and Reel House (East Boston). The room centers on an 18-seat, quartz-topped bar with dim lighting, black and white tiles with dark wood and leather. You’ll get a distinct “open kitchen” feel to the drinks-making process when you pull up a stool to watch the cocktail wizards at work hand carving ice, clarifying juices and stirring up the perfect elixirs. This opening is extra sweet because Freidus had planned to start his new venture in 2020 only to be thwarted by the pandemic, so head over to Charlestown to clink some glasses cheer him on in this new space and keep an eye on their updates via IG.