Yelp Elite Night Out: Storyville

by agirlandhermutt on November 10, 2011

My loud mouth and strong opinions have gotten me in trouble over the years. However, it also has gotten me into some really fun events. Thanks to the folks at, as an “Elite” Yelper I get the opportunity to attend some fun events around town every now and then.

We all know what that means, right? FREE FOOD AND BOOZE! 😉

Over the past few years I have attended a wedding, an early morning movie/bbq/beerfest, a chocolate factory tour, and other various events. Always interesting and always entertaining.


Last night Yelp was invited to the Halloween Hangover event at Storyville (formerly Saint), a night club in Back Bay. This club is advertised as having a speakeasy feel and pays homage to New Orleans’ Red Light District with its red lights, smooth couches, and seductive feel. They also boast of their “extensive dining menu of small plates” and “classic and craft cocktails”.

When we arrived (we=Megan & I), we were greeted by a flurry of Yelpers. We checked in and got our super cool name tags.

Side note: When I signed up for I didn’t want to use my actual last name on the site so I used a random initial. Now when I check in I always forget that I’m listed as Erin C. and this provides everyone about 5 minutes of frantic list checking for me under my real last name until I remember. Me=Jerk.

While I can agree that this new joint has a smooth feel, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “speakeasy” except that it was downstairs. It had a cool club feel and there was some mood setting red lights happening though. I also wouldn’t have necessarily realized that there was a tie to New Orleans if I hadn’t noticed the big ol’ fleur de lys on the ceiling when I walked in. Apparently I am not nearly observant as I thought I was because after looking at pictures I realized they have them all over the place.

I think it is extremely hard to give a theme or vibe at a club when it is so dark. Is sweaty and random gropers a theme?! Most clubs I have been to have that theme. 😉  I liked the feeling though and I appreciated the cool seating and bar area.


Once we started arriving the bartenders became totally overwhelmed. They had a drink o’ the night called The Winter Warmer, which was a punch of sorts, but they QUICKLY ran out of this. I’m always surprised when places that invite a huge group in for free drinks aren’t really prepared for them. But to totally give credit to Storyville and their EXTREMEMLY friendly bartenders, they started serving up whatever anyone wanted and nothing seemed to be off limits. Nice work bartenders! They were quick, they were talented, and they were friendly all at the same time. Honestly, this is kind of a rare trio of traits when it comes to Boston bartenders.

There was quite a bit of small bites floating around, but the Yelpers are a quick bunch and I only got a chance to try a few.  The bites were all tasty, but probably not the reason I would visit Storyville. Drinks are the way to go here.

*All photos with Yelp logo are from the photographer Tatsu. Amazing work!*

The DJ was cranking out some good beats and the drinks were more than satisfactory. I could see myself stopping by on another night.

If you are looking for a Saturday night out in Boston, grab a bite to eat around the area and then hop over to Storyville for a drink(s) and a little booty dancing.


Are you a club person? Do you like going out dancing?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

nicole marie November 11, 2011 at 1:31 am

you have such a fun life! i’m working hard to hide my pretend extroversion and to be the introvert that makes me feel truly happy. so no, i’m not a club person. but i can survive a club and look natural at it. 🙂 i was trained classically in ballet, so i do have issues with letting loose on the dance floor unless i’ve had drinks and even at that, my sister jokes that i resemble “carlton banks” from the fresh prince. but i do a very nicely entertaining dance with my dog. i might even video blog it sometime. 🙂 x


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

What a fun event! I signed up for a Yelp account, but I am horrible about writing reviews. I tried to write a bunch after my honeymoon to places that we went to, because it’s so helpful to read the reviews when trying to figure out where to go when you’re traveling. I found that I only ever write reviews for really GOOD or really BAD service.
And I like to dance. I didn’t say I CAN dance, but I like to dance. 🙂


Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment November 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I love how many activities you do around town; it always makes me feel like such a loser when I complain that there is nothing to do here! That looks like it was a fun event; I haven’t been to Storyville, but the one time I did go to Saint, I had an ENTIRE BEER dumped over my head on the dance floor — needless to say, I’m afraid to go back!


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