Garrett Ripley's last day of business will be Wednesday, March 17. The bar will be replaced by The Shady Lady on April 1.
Recently changing from an Irish bar to a "British gastro pub," according to one of the notoriously friendly waitstaff, Garrett's is a great lofted-ceiling hideout from tourist-heavy Hubbard Street. Three-dollar pints of Guinness ground a fleet of specials ranging from half-priced tapas-style plates on Mondays to half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays to and free truffle popcorn (caked in truffle oil) from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.
The aforementioned plates are more French bistro than British pub. Little delectable treats like clam and brie chowder ($5), crab cakes with Dijon aioli ($13) and porcini mushroom and sage risotto ($8) come recommended with three staff-selected wine pairings. In all, you'll find 34 wine choices on the globe-spanning list.
Garrett's head chef has experience at Avenues and Spiaggia, and appropriately dishes out high-class entrees like ricotta gnocchi with rabbit, pancetta and arugula ($14). The drink menu offers similarly classy options, featuring names like "the flirtini" and "the casual fling" ($10).
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul