Monday, December 22, 2014

Clink: The Restaurant that used to be a Prison

Clink Restaurant Boston

Did you know Boston's Liberty Hotel used to be a prison? Now a swanky venue, it houses a lounge called Alibi, an Italian restaurant called Scampo, and a modern American restaurant called Clink. I personally think the Italian restaurant should change its name to something prison-related like the other venues. 

Anyway, we've been wanting to check out the Liberty for a while now, and finally for our two-year anniversary we did! 

Clink Restaurant Boston


Clink Restaurant Boston

We dined at Clink, a modern American restaurant that still has the brick walls and iron bars from when the building was a New England prison. It was crazy to think of the history of the building as we ate here, which really added some depth to the venue.

Clink Restaurant Boston

Clink Restaurant Boston

Yellowtail Crudo: Hijiki, tangerine, cranberry, and tobiko. This dish was so jam-packed with multi-leveled flavors and textures, ended up being my favorite plate! The initial flavors of the fish and sweet cranberry sauce were fresh and bright. It ended with the sage seasoning that tasted just like Christmas.

Clink Restaurant Boston

Roasted Salmon: freekah, brussel sprouts, almonds, cauliflower puree, and aji amarillo. The fish was light, but packed with flavor and cooked to a flaky perfection. I especially enjoyed the puree which retained the wonderful taste of cauliflower. This airy puree paired so well with the salmon.


Clink Restaurant Boston

Pork Chop and Belly: bacon grits, broccoli rabe, roasted apple. The theme of this dish was pork and apples, a classic pairing. The apple seemed to be subtly infused throughout the meat, and the bacon grits added to the hearty ingredients.

Clink Restaurant Boston

The Liberty Hotel had amazing holiday decorations, like this upside-down Christmas tree.  

Clink has mixed reviews on Yelp, but we thought it was fantastic! The prison ambiance works in a very trendy, hipster way, the waitstaff was prompt and friendly, and the food was delicious.

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19 comments

  1. Oh my gosh that is awesome! Looks like such an interesting!

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  2. Wow this is incredible!! It's so interesting to know this used to be a prison and it's definitely different ;-) Very nice interior and I love how they have kept the original elements from the prison, would love to visit this, thanks for sharing xx

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  3. It looks lovely! It is really interesting that it used to be a prison :)
    Amy xx

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  4. So cool! As a former Bostonian .. I'm excited to see the city become so cosmopolitan!!


    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  5. Ah that's so cool! I just moved here a year ago so that's how I know it! :)

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  6. Thanks Kiki! It was super interesting! :)

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  7. oh such an interesting place! I would never have thought a prison could be transformed into this:)

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

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  8. That's so interesting!! I love your beautiful outfit, and I'm glad to hear the food was delicious. I'll have to check it out next time I'm in the area :)

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  9. That's so cool! Looks amazing!


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  10. Wow, that looks like such a unique venue for a restaurant and love that they've kept the bars to keep the building's history in tact.


    And that food has my mouth watering :)


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  11. Nice decorations! I read recently about a hostel in London (also named Clink) that used to be a prison! Maybe re-doing prisons is the next big thing?! The coolest hotel I've ever been is probably W in Chicago, but I also like Hilton Athens (Greece) roof top bar called Galaxy! It has rad decorations! P.S. Scampo means Escape in italian...

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  12. That place looks amazing!! :O It's very original haha.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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  13. Woah this place used to be a prison!? that's so cool!!! I visited an old jail in St. Augustine and it was freaky... cool, but freaky knowing people were locked in there... and died... and hung... okay, I'm get freaked out again thinking about it :P

    Jessica
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  14. What an interesting place!! The food looks amazing


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  15. Wow, don't know how I'd feel about dining in an ex-prison! I don't think I could do it, but it certainly looks very well decked out there :) The food looks incredibly delicious though! x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  16. I never thought a prison would look like an amazing restaurant. I would love to visit this place. Great post. Happy Holidays

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  17. Oh wow. That's amazing. I love places with a lot of history like that. Much more interesting than most restaurants.

    Sara Bloo xo
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