If you are looking for a relaxed bar where you can chat with friends while enjoy a perfect burger during lunch break or after work at Downtown District in Boston, jm Curley is the place.
I arrived there at 12:30 p.m. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. Hand-written menu boards and old, framed photos of former mayer, James Michael Curley (whom the bar is named after), are hung on the wall. The space was quite empty, with a few people sitting in the corner or at the bar, working on their laptops. Tarcy Latimer, the bar tender, said that the place always gets full on Friday night, when people come in with groups of friends to have food, drinks and fun. At jm Curley, dinner ends at 10:15 p.m., but late night burgers are still available till 1 a.m.
I ordered the house burger as recommended, which is a 5 oz. beef burger with griddled onions, cheddar, russian dressing and pickles. The burger was just cooked perfectly – meaty, juicy and flavorful. The bread was soft and fluffy on one side, and crispy on the other. The 5 oz. portion is totally enough for lunch, which costs $7.5 before tax, and their dinner burgers are 9 oz., served with fires for $14. They also serve veggie burgers, and there are lots of options for beers and cocktails. The server and bar tender were nice and the food was served quick.
What makes it special at jm Curley is their Sammy’s 7 feature board besides the regular menu. Every two weeks they change the menu on the board, providing new specials by creative chefs.
“So far we have done lots of different Sammy’s 7 burgers,” said Latimer, “we have done Sloppy Joe Burger, and we have done burgers with peanut butter, fired eggs, you know, those are all pretty good. If you check our Twitter feeds or go on our Facebook page, we always put up a photograph of the menu to let people know what it is before they come in.”
Bubble hockey corner is also open for friends to have fun.
Days and hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Mid Day Burgers: Mon-Fri 2-5pm; Dinner: Mon-Sat 5-10:15pm; Late Night Burgers & Concretes: Mon-Sat 10:30pm-1:15am; Closed Sundays
Phone number: (617) 338-5333
Address: 21 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Closest T stop: Park Street (Green Line)
Veggie option: Yes
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Recommended: house burger, fried pickles, cast iron cornbread, Sammy’s 7 specials