December 18, 2005
NED DEVINES is an Irish pub right on the corner on the Fenueil marketplace walkway. There’s outdoor seating as well as two floors with three different area inside for a fun night out. We started sitting on the patio, just for some quick food. Karl was disappointed at the beer choices, but with an appletini in hand, I was more than happy.
The food was simple pub food and was enjoyable. I got the fish-and-chips ($13), which were done in a more traditional English style, with a nice crunchy batter. Karl had chowder (again), and it really was delicious ($5).Our intention was just to grab some quick food and then move on, but on venturing inside to look for the bathrooms, I realized we had picked a great nightlife spot to eat at, and quite by accident for once.The decor inside was beautiful. I will describe is as Gothic chic, with lots of red velvet, carved iron railings, Irish wood carvings, and huge old-fashioned chandeliers giving the rooms quite a wonderful atmosphere. Actually, there was quite the party going on. YAY!!The lower floor was more tables and casual eating, but once you climb the twisting staircase it's like entering another world--think Interview with the Vampire.This upstairs area is no longer known as Ned Divines but Paris Lounge, and a little further along, Paris nightclub. It stretches the whole length of the building and ranges from the hangout space, which was presumably the lounge, all across the hallway to the dance floor.The music was chart hits, mostly hip-hop: a little Beyonce here, a little "Fiddy" Cent there. There were lots of pretty people hanging out and grooving to the tunes. Later a live band came on in the "club" area to play a mix of chart tunes.
From journal Boston Virgins