How the elite will eat and drink at Boston’s exclusive new social club
From high-end sushi to champagne on the rooftop, the ‘Quin House is a beautiful playground with over a dozen restaurants and bars, if you can get inside.
Now is a great time to have friends in high places or, failing that, to climb a few more rungs on your own social ladder.
After all, this is the only way to get into the ‘Quin House, a private club that opens its doors to members and their guests this weekend in Back Bay. You’ll find it behind the ornate limestone facade of a historic building on Commonwealth Avenue, long home to the Algonquin Club founded in 1886, where generations of Boston Brahmins have networked, prepared and compared investment portfolios ( in the most discreet, non- left way, of course).
Under the new ownership of Boston power brokers Sandy and Paul Edgerly, however, the lavish six-story space – which contains around a dozen separate restaurants, bars, and lounges for eating and drinking – was recently reinvented as the “Quin”. It is designed as an “aesthetically stunning playground” that is “intended to bring together a diverse intergenerational group of interesting and interested leaders, creators, innovators and rising stars from regions to mingle and pollinate,” according to an opening statement. .
So what does this mean to you? Depends. Currently, the ‘Quin only invites newbies via current member referrals. In other words, if you want to join the fishing, have your executive assistant set up late golf course or ACK outings with your digital rolodex’s strongest hooks.
Alternatively, as a member’s guest (or attending a private event inside), you can always ride a few tails through the front door and into one of the four restaurants run by the manager. culinary Jean-Paul Lourdes, former chef at Soho House in Malibu and at Joël Robuchon in Bangkok. At ‘Quin, Lourdes designed very different experiences.
AT Bondo, for example, diners sink into sumptuous leather benches for modern Japanese cuisine that meets New England, as well as access to a sushi and raw vegetables bar, as well as a wine cellar. 34-seater wine with over 1,100 first-class bottles for uncorking. The bar, meanwhile, is the place to find gourmet American fare, draft beers, a media wall live streaming every game imaginable, and tabletop activities like billiards, foosball, and shuffleboard to play. yours. Then there is the cozy Cafe Q and the inspired patio-garden Terrace, both of which offer European-style dining throughout the day for light snacks, baked goods, and bevvies.
There are also nine (yes, nine) bars and lounges inside the ‘Quin. Among the truly remarkable spaces is the roof Heavenly bridge, where phone calls, aka the loud distractions of beautiful sunsets, are banned after 6pm (not a bad idea, honestly); Dive bar, which specializes in Japanese whiskeys and takes its name from George Hoyningen-Huene’s iconic photo of Parisian pool lovers (which is part of ‘Quin’s extensive art collection); and Scottie’s, an Art Deco-style retreat for bar snacks and bubbles summoned by the “Push for Champagne” serving buttons.
If tea is more your thing, you’ll find it in the Reading room, a sumptuous living room with dark woods and floor-to-ceiling windows; the comfortable The living room, on the other hand, is a good place to hang out over a coffee or a cocktail while listening to vinyl records on an advanced audio system; and the aptly named Small Bar is a 12-seater perch for polishing a nightcap in an air of privacy. The other places to eat are Refuge, a small space equipped with cocktails behind a secret door; self-explanatory Coffee bar; and ultra-exclusive Founders’ room, reserved for founding members only.
Every square inch of the place is pretty stunning, thanks to the work of interior design star Ken Fulk, the same name used for Newbury Boston’s new rooftop hotspot, Contessa. The ‘Quin is all about bringing power players, after all, so expect to see a few if you walk in, whether you’re a bold social entry, a blue check mark on Twitter, or just lucky enough. to pass “first name, Plus, last name, Un.”
217 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, thequinhouse.com.