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What Bands Eat Before – and After the Show

December 10th, 2015

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2015 Winner – Food & Drink

The Sinclair


Closure, noun: The satisfaction achieved by brunching at the same spot that gave you a hangover. (That’s the official definition. Promise.) Every weekend, this restaurant-slash-rock hall brings body-thrashing fun times at night—and healing come the morning after, thanks to new chef Keenan Langlois’ breakfast tacos, waffle bar and other heavenly eats. Perk up those bleary eyes on the sunny patio, or sip a mimosa flight or boozy coffee at the recently added upstairs Club Car bar.

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Over the course of one recent week, The Sinclair—the restaurant, and music venue headed up by Bowery Boston—played host to The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., Slayer, Passion Pit, and Action Bronson to name just a few. Not a bad run. And while it’s arguably Boston’s best venue at the moment, it earns its place here because it’s also a great bar. Out front in the restaurant bar, or upstairs on the roof deck, you can get actually thought-out cocktails, like Smoking the Hive, made with bourbon, mezcal, scotch, and smoke honey sea salt. It’s the rare rock club that recognizes you don’t always want to drink swill out of a plastic cup all night.

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The Weddings Issue

January 18th, 2015

Fellow doctors-in-training make their vows in a chic Harvard Square ceremony.

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Spring/Summer 2015

As a restaurant and concert venue, The Sinclair has so many great details, design-wise: subway tiling, multiple levels, and a stage for a band or DJ. The vibe is hip and industrial, meant for a dance party. You could throw your own personal rock show with your band onstage – confetti cannons, the whole works. Definitely ask the staff to put your names on the giant exterior marquee to welcome guests.

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Rock nights, morning waffle flights

March, 19th 2015

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11 Must-Try New Brunches Around Boston

March 5, 2015

Following a chef shuffle that brought Keenan Langlois into its kitchen, the Harvard Square restaurant-slash-rock venue revamped into brunch menu. Now you’ll find “waffle flights” of unique varieties (fried chicken and waffles, pictured), Philly cheese steak omelets, skillets of pork belly, sausage and beans (pictured at top), and tasty breakfast tacos. Wash them down with DIY mimosas: a bottle of Cava served with all the juices and berries you desire.

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Sinclair’s Winter Solstice

March 4, 2015

The variety of craft bars around Harvard Square is the best problem to have when you’re looking for a good place to grab a drink. If you have a lot of friends in tow and you want some fun and music, the Sinclair on Church Street should be your destination. The spot is a popular live music venue, with a vibrant selection of tunes that play at the bar. If you settle in there, bar manager Lindsay Whalen recommends the Winter Solstice, a seasonal take on a classic margarita, shaken with tequila, Tuaca, a vanilla-citrus liqueur, and a house-made gingerbread syrup (here we use ginger liqueur). It’s the perfect sip for a winter that won’t go away.

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10 Boston Donuts to Try Right Now

February 2, 2015

Following a recent chef shuffle that saw Lumiere alum Keenan Langlois replace outgoing chef Matt Cunningham, The Sinclair has introduced a brand-new brunch menu. You’ll find the full spread, rolled out at the end of January, below. One highlight: brioche donut holes with cinnamon sugar and berry jam.

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A New Brunch with Waffle Flights and Bourbon Milkshakes Launches This Weekend in Cambridge

January 15, 2015

Rise and shine, folks! The Sinclair’s newly revamped brunch menu is guaranteed to make your trip through the snow worth the effort. Whether you’re craving something sweet or something savory, this spot’s new brunch offerings have it all

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In the middle of Harvard Square, and neighbour to folk-hub Club Passim, stands concert hall and restaurant The Sinclair. Having just opened in late 2012, The Sinclair has quickly become known as one of the best venues in Cambridge. Names like Sam SmithGrouplove, and Cold War Kids have all performed in this roughly 500-person capacity venue, and tickets usually sell for around $20 or less. If you feel like busting a move, step onto The Sinclair’s large dance floor in front of the stage – or if you want to relax and just listen, climb up to the balcony that wraps around the venue. And with its kitchen next-door serving up delectable entrées like miso roasted chicken and Parisian gnocchi, The Sinclair is a one-stop shop for a satisfying night.

Lead singer and guitarist Ross Livermore who has played at The Sinclair with his rock/soul outfit Ross Livermore Bandcited the venue’s sound quality and the hospitality of the staff as two factors that contribute to it being a great place to perform. “The staff were so humble and accommodating to us, it was almost surprising in a way,” he said. “Because of that we were all super relaxed and played a great show.”

Livermore went on to describe his favourite show at The Sinclair – Boston folk duo Tall Heights in April 2014. “I think it was my favourite because those guys have been such good friends of the band over the years and I was so proud to watch them up on that stage, but also I think I was just amazed at how a two-man act could sound so full and rich in a room that otherwise would be more of a rock setting,” Livermore said. “It just was great to see how this club can be so versatile with genres.”

Oh, and according to The Sinclair’s FAQ section on their site, if you’re named Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, Carl Yastrezemski, or Tom Brady, you get in for free.

Don’t Take Our Word For It:

‘You go see a show at The Sinclair because it’s easy to get to, the sound is amazing, there isn’t a bad spot to stand, the food is great, and the best up-and-coming bands and artists in the business are rolling through – like Lake Street Dive, Bernhoft, Allen Stone, and countless others. There really isn’t a reason NOT to see a show at The Sinclair.’  – Ross Livermore, Lead Singer/Guitarist, Ross Livermore Band


The Sinclair Introduces the World to the Waffle Flight

January 21, 2015

The Sinclair’s new executive chef, Keenan Langlois (formerly of Gaslight Brasserie and Union Bar & Grille), has crafted a brand new brunch menu, which he’s going to introduce this weekend. Starting on Saturday, January 24, you’ll be able to experience The Sinclair’s new waffle bar and waffle flights, with available toppings like fried chicken, Marshmallow Fluff, bacon, bananas, and berries.

The completely revamped menu also includes dishes like breakfast tacos, brioche doughnut holes, a Philly cheesesteak omelet, a line of benedicts with tasso ham and duck, and even a waffle burger with layers of cheddar, grass-fed beef, maple syrup, bacon, and a fried egg. If that weren’t enough, Langlois is helping to fill the turkey hash void left when Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe closed last year.

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The Phoenix

At the Sinclair, good drinks and good music meet at last (Luke O’Neil)
March 19, 2013

What we haven’t had — until the opening of the Sinclair, anyway — is a one-stop spot for music and cocktail connoisseurs alike. The Harvard Square concert venue, and its attached restaurant and bar, mean you no longer have to schlep all the way down the street for a pre-show cocktail; now you can just pop over into the next room. No surprise, then, that it’s this cocktail and music writer’s new favorite place to go in the city… Consider this my strongest endorsement of the year.

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TV Diner

TV Diner
March 16, 2013

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