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Wine bar with music stage to open near North Station in July

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a liquor license for City Winery, which is building a restaurant where patrons can eat and sip wine as they listen to and watch live entertainment in the new apartment and hotel complex going up at 80 Beverly St.

City Winery, which already has outlets in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta, expects to open in June, its local attorney, Karen Simao, told the board. The chain bought a liquor license from a shuttered place at 94 Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay.

The wine bar will actually have two dining rooms - a 300-seat area that will require reservations for watching the night's performer and a 280-seat room where anybody can show up to eat, just not to see the show.

That the place is opening near North Station marks another step in the area's move away from bars and restaurants catering mainly to Bruins and Celtics fans. At a hearing Wednesday, the board heard plans to turn the sports-oriented North Star on Friend Street into a calmer, more "professional" establishment aimed at all the well off people pouring into the apartments being built around North Station.

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liver punishment than liver entertainment.

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Liver entertainment is just offal.

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It really is the wurst!

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I hope they don't just use organs for instruments .

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Or further proof I should not write before coffee (and yes, it is now 9:43 and, yes, I will now remedy the coffee situation).

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So i'm not welcome if I'm wearing my Janney #23 jersey?

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This sounds kind of wild for Boston. Eating, drinking and watching a show at the same time? Will it be open on Sundays?

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From what I hear, the City Winery outlets in Chicago and New York have featured a large number of folk music artists. This could be a good sign for Boston's folk music scene, which has unfortunately been on the wane for several years.

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Okay, I realize there was a post yesterday and everyone made fun of North Station but there HAS been ~800 housing units built within the past few years and it is near the North End and West End so this is a logical addition.

North Station is still a cesspool but that doesn't mean everyone else has to suffer. I ran into a friend from high school who lives right above this space and she was excited. She also mentioned she was usually in bed by nine, so who knows if it will be successful.

She's usually in bed by nine thirty, ten, and ten-thirty, etc., so who knows if things have really changed ....

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