Located in the Ladder Blocks of Boston's historic Downtown Crossing, Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale is a stylish little gastropub/speakeasy.
Named for its most recent and longest occupant, Stoddard's Fine Cutlery, the 1868 building has been painstakingly researched and restored. The dining room evokes the grandeur of days gone by - the walls are lined with authentic 1868 wooden clapboards (reclaimed on-site during demolition), mezzanines are enclosed by railings from the original Filene's store (c. 1912) and soldered galvanized steel frosted windows from the early 1930's hide a long-forgotten entrance in the back of the room. Garments from the building's original occupant, Chandler's Corset Store, adorn the walls and an ornate full-service, one-chair shoe shine complements the 30-foot long carved mahogany bar.
But Stoddard's isn't all style and no substance. The reasonably-priced, seasonal menu features true American comfort food made with locally-sourced, hand-selected ingredients as well as a massive beer selection and authentic chipped ice cocktails produced from recipes from the late 19th century.
48 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111