The History – and the Mystery – of the Ward Eight at Stoddard’s

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When the venerable Locke-Ober closed down in late 2012, Boston didn’t just lose a beautiful restaurant that oozed history and gravitas. The city also lost the place that invented Boston’s signature cocktail: the Ward Eight. The origin of the drink is still somewhat of a mystery, and is a big focus of Stephanie Schorow’s book Drinking Boston: A History of the City & Its Spirits. Schorow even argues that the drink is a cocktail representative of its native city, as it reflects Boston’s “spirit of invention, its hardscrabble politics, its mythology, and even the Hub’s never-ending battle between personal freedom and civic reform.”

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Intrigued? You can learn about the Ward Eight and more about Boston’s drinking history on Thursday, March 21 {this event was postponed from 3/7 to 3/21} in the brand-new Friday Club downstairs at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood of Boston. Stephanie Schorow will be there to sign copies of her popular book while Stoddards’ barkeeps will be busy behind the bar, shaking up classic cocktails and the famous Ward Eight, which was only recently added to the cocktail bar’s repertoire. “Before, when people asked us for a Ward Eight, we’d send them over to Locke-Ober to get a taste of the original,” said Stoddard’s bar manager, Jamie Walsh. “But now that the landmark is closed, we serve the drink as a way to keep that piece of local cocktail history alive.” We’ll drink to that!

Event Information:

WHO: People who love history, Boston, and booze.

WHAT:  A book signing event with Drinking Boston author Stephanie Schorow. Books will be available for sale that night. The event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: The Friday Club at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale

WHEN: Thursday, March 21. The doors of the Friday Club will open at 6:30 PM {NOTE! This event has been postponed from 3/7 to 3/21 due to the potential of nasty late winter weather}.

WHY: You love a classic cocktail.

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