I'm doing a roadtrip to Boston with the wife in the end of October from Toronto, and was wondering what are some good places to see/visit. Or any other interesting things to do. Or if anyone has driven from Boston to Toronto any good routes or places to stop along the way?
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1. Samuel Adams brewery tour
2. "The Barking Crab" for rustic waterfront dinning and excellent fresh seafood at decent prices
3. New England Aquarium
4. "Bukowski Tavern" for a great selection of craft beer and excellent, quiet, dark, small atmosphere.
5. "The Toad" for similar to above with some cool local musicians, live music every night of the week.
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You get to taste/drink more at Harpoon, but at Sam Adams you get at least four beers and a tour of Sam Adams, which I would take any day over going to Harpoon. I'd rather have four Sam Adam's offerings than ten of Harpoon's. And Sam's tours are usually not run by annoying 21 year-olds trying to make sure everyone knows how extra cool they are...
If you want Italian food go to the North End. Stay away from Mikes Pastry on Hanover St. It is a tourist nightmare and people think their pastry is the best ever....it's not. Go to Modern Pastry down the street. Take it from some one who used to own an Italian bakery.
If you want touristy stuff go to Fanuiel Hall, do the Freedom Trail. I don't remember what to do know. I used to when I was younger. I HATE the city now. Give me a small town and some dirt roads now.
You can go check out 495 Summer St. But you need a reservation to get in
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All good options for a tourist not knowing much about the city.
Aquarium is kinda eh, if you have ever been to a real one.
North End is a must for just walking around.
Fenway will be starting tours again, i bet tickets will be cheap
Sam Adams is a great little tour if your in the area, plenty of free beer to drink and it only lasts an hour or two tops. Harpoon is also just as good.
Take some time and walk around Quincy market/Faneuil hall if your into that sorta shopping thing.
Check local advertising for free shows in the commons, or promenade.
I did the freedom trail when I was a kid and it was pretty interesting if you like history. Alot of walking if your up to it.
Boston's really not that big.
If i was trying to get a lot in, I'd go from Newbury/Boylston St (Nice shopping etc) to the Boston Commons/Garden/Beacon Hill then on to Faneuil Hall (more shopping+history) then along the waterfront to the North End where I'd find dinner, lotsa good Italian joints... Giacomo's is prob the most famous but no reservations and massive line, Panza is across the st, owned by the same ppl and takes reservations. If you dont mind dropping $$$ Bricco is rated top ten in the USA, also Taranta is banging. Antico Forno is decent and cheap.
From there, I'd try to line it up with a local sports game and march on up to Canal St and go to Boston Beer Works for a beer and some sports, or Fours, the Grand Canal...there are a bunch there.
That covers a lot of Boston, you miss the seaport and some of the South End (Prudential Center) etc, but its a pretty good path
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Pretty much exactly what I would suggest.
If you are able to and like to walk I would park around the prudential center(do not park under it unless you want to 40+$ a day to park) If it is a clear day I would go to the top of the pru(14/person but you will get a good view of the city and a much better understanding of the area when you go to walk around it. Walk down newbury/boylston st and continue down through the public garden/boston common. From there I would aim for the Quincy Market area and into the north end. Grab some food in the north end and then walk along the harbor from the north end down past the aquarium. From the aquarium area you can catch the T (subway) blue line to the green or orange line back to the PRU. (2.50/pp) Or you can always take a taxi.
If you have more than one day in the area, I would check out the harvard and kendall square areas on the second day. Maybe the seaport (and harpoon). Mead Hall near Kendall has a great beer selection.
Castle Island is also really cool.
- The Harpoon breweries are their real breweries. They brew in Boston and Vermont. Compare that to the Sam Adams brewery with is essentially just for show as they don't brew their beer there, or in MA really for that matter, as most of it is done in NY and PA IIRC. They only do some small-scale stuff here. Test batches, stuff for the tour, and the like. So what are you touring? You're touring a brewery, but you're really not touring the Sam Adams brewery. Your touring a PR/Marketing effort located in the old Haffenreffer brewery. What's the point of that? Although the pop-overs at Ula, the coffee shop there in the building, are awesome so visiting that facility means you get a good snack.
- The Harpoon brewery in Boston is just outside of downtown in the Seaport. It's easy for an out of towner to find and it's quick to get to and to return from. The Sam Adams brewery is burried in the middle of JP and even for locals is a pain to get to, let alone someone who is looking around them going "where the HELL am I?", and unless your next stop is the Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, The Franklin Park Zoo, or that cool dodecahedron house once you finish the tour you're going to be out of the way from anything you want to do.
Both because of the authenticity and the convenience I would send visitors to Harpoon. Plus the beer is, IMO, better.
Putting a strong recommendation on hitting Harpoon while the OP is in town if there is time.
Some other things that visitors generally like:
- The Union Oyster House, oldest restaurant in Boston and as far as they claim they are also the oldest still-running restaurant in the USA
- Visit Charlestown - check out the Bunker Hill monument, have a beer at The Warren Tavern (Paul Revere's favorite bar, frequented by George Washington, there's something nice about having a beer in a place that's been around for going on 250 years or whetever their age is), then pop over to the naval yard to check out The USS Constitution)
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I can't think of a single thing on the Jim's menu I wouldn't recommend. The "Chicken Deluxe" is great of you're looking for a sandwich, and "The Next Day" is great for putting you into a food coma.
If you are more specific about the type bars & restaurants you like, or some kind of music, sports, art, outdoor activities or tourist ish that you're into. It would be real easy to help you. Like any major city you have to scratch the surface to find the more fun and interesting places.
And I'd go to Aga's over Centerfold's but I like my strip clubs a lil more ethnic.
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KO Catering And Pies in South Boston or KO Pies In The Shipyard in East Boston. Best ****ing meat pies in Boston, or the state for that matter. If you like Mexican, Papagayo in Fort Point is really good.
Also, Harpoon Brewery tour. It's like $3 or $5 bucks, and at the end, it's 30 minutes of all you can drink. The Samuel Adams Brewery tour is going to bull**** you and tell you that, by state law, they can only serve you three small samples. This is America. Don't take that for an answer. Go to Harpoon and drink more beer, and more importantly, better beer.
If you really like drinking, then you should also check out Drink. It's an actual bar... called Drink. It's been rated one of the top 50 bars in the US. It's that good. It's right on Congress St near the aforementioned meat pies and Mexican food and Harpoon Brewery.
Side benefit: all of this stuff is near the water, so it's a hop, skip and a jump to go and hang out and watch a nice sunset between dinner and later-night activities.
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Haven't been in a strip joint in at least 20 years, and even that was a no full nudity club in NJ. Haven't been in a true strip club in over 25 years. You outgrow that sort of thing.
Went golfing with our stockbrokers at Great River in Milford, CT in 2004 or so. A foursome in front of us had another client of his. He was talking about all the money he dropped the night before at a strip joint. I just thought he was a pathetic old guy, even if he was worth $70MM.
There really hasnt been any GOOD suggestions for food yet. I have been a Chef in that city for 10 years and with the exception of eagles deli and Drink, non of the other places i saw on a quick glance at the thread are really shinning restaurants in the city. Most of the places named so far are tourists traps or just blah. sorry guys. here is a list of the best restaurants IMO.
-Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks- fenway
- Neptune Oyster House (my Fav restaurant in the north end, and maybe the whole city)
-Craigie on Main -cambridge, (lots of $$$ but amazing dinner)
-the Salty Pig-back bay
-O YA- finacial district (also a good amount of $$$) and will need rezi in advance
-Hungry mother- cambridge - Amazing
-J.M. Curleys- Downtown Way fun - Where the chefs in town hang out
-Toro- south end
-Ten Tables- Jamaica plain
-Trinas Starlight lounge -Cambridge- Great for late night drinks and food
-East Coast grill- Cambridge- A city institution
-Coppa- South end
-B&G oyster- South end
That is just a start for food if you only eat at places on this list, you WILL NOT have a bad meal.
As for other stuff
-Lars Anderson auto Museum - A car museum in Jamaica Plain neighbor hood. Pretty cool and J.P is a great section of the city, i live there.
-The Arnold Arboretum -Jamaica Plain- Nice Park in the city, Very big, dog friendly, great vews to down town, Designed by the same guy that designed central park
-Castle Island Beach. Nice all year round for a walk
-Sky walk at the top of the Prudential center. Nice 51 story veiw of the city (dont eat at the restaurant up there (top of the Hub) rip off and bad food. you pay for the view not the food
-Harvard Square- Just somthing you have to do when in the city.
- I like the Sam Adams brewery but it is also my neighbor so i get free stuff
I say Unless you really want to see the touristy stuff, i would stay away from the Aquarium/ faneuil hall area, and newbury street. Nothing but tourist and bad overpriced food and shopping.
Hope that helps Enjoy our city!
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1. Ball Square Fine Wines: free tastings every Friday (716 Broadway, Somerville MA)
2. Sunday Night belly dancing show @ Middle East Cambridge
3. Institute for contemporary art, Thu 5-9 PM free
4. MFA - Wednesday night free 4-945 pm
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Super Cheap Eats
1. Everynight: $1 tapas every night @ Masa (439 Tremont St Boston MA). 50 cent tapas 5-7 PM!
2. Grilled Cheese Tuesdays @ Dante (40 Edwin Land Blvd. Cambridge): Tue 5:30 (Green line to Lechmere) New varieties of $2 grilled cheese every Tuesday
3. Margarita Mondays: $2 tacos at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, 271 Dartmouth St Boston
4.Sel de la Terre 5-7 PM on Mondays (776 Boylston St Boston)- petites bouchees $2 each at bar
5. Rendezvous @ 502 Mass Ave Cambridge: Mondays tapas $4-$6 each
6. Met Back Bay @ 279 Dartmouth St Boston: Taco Tuesdays at downstairs bar, $6 for 3 tacos
7. Prezza @ 24 Fleet St Boston North End: Spaghetti and Meatball Wednesdays for $6
8. Met Back Bay @ 279 Dartmouth St: Twin lobsters for $25 on Wednesdays
9. Flemings @ 217 Sturat St Boston: Thursdays its “5 for $6 til 7” discounted huge apps
10. Estragon @ 700 Harrison Ave Boston MA: Thursday $1 tapasfrom 530 -7.
11. Ten Tables @ 597 Centre St Jamaica Plain: Thursdays mac and cheese with wine for $14.
12. Haru @ 55 Huntington Ave Boston: 3-7 PM daily $3-$6 sushi rolls
13. Area Four @ 500 Technology Square Cambridge (3-530 PM) small pizza and beer $12.
14. McCormick and Schmick’s (34 Columbus Ave Boston) 330-630 PM $4 for ½ pound burger and fries
15. Blue Inc @ 131 Broad St Boston: Mon-Sat 4-7 pm “Bucket List” - discounted apps at bar
16. Cafeteria @ 279a Newbury St Boston MA, $5 burgers at bar all day
17. Sushi-Teq @ 510 Atlantic Ave: 5-730 PM “Rolls and Ritas” $15 for margarita and sushi roll
18. Met Back Bay @ 279 Dartmouth St Boston: 4-9 PM Grilled Cheese night on Sundays $6
1. Taco Tuesday @ Tremont 647 (647 Tremont St. Boston): Tue 5:30 PM $2 tacos a la carte
2. Beer Tuesdays @ Sel de la Terre (776 Boylston St Boston), $28 4 course menu and beer tasting
3. Myers and Chang (1145 Washington St) $40 per couple on Mon + Tue “cheap date night”
4. Temple Bar @ 1688 Mass Ave Cambridge: $29 vegetarian chef’s tasting every night
3 Little Figs, 278 Highland Avenue, Somerville, 617-623-3447, 3littlefigs.com
Coppa, 253 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, 617-391-0902,coppaboston.com
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1. Bistro du Midi (French) 272 Boylston St Boston
2. Mistral (French) 223 Columbus Ave Boston - had our wedding reception here. Hands down best food in city
3. *Sorrelina (Italian) One Huntington Ave Boston MA
4. L’Espalier @ 774 Boylston St: Wine and Cheese tastings $72 on Tuesdays
5. Church: Mac and Cheese Mondays $16 with beer pairings
6. Citizen Public House @ 1310 Boylston St: “Punch Drunk Mondays” $4 punch and $2 Budweisers
7. Bacco’s Wine and Cheese: daily tastings Mon-Fri 5-7 PM, Sat 2-7PM
8. Mondays @ Bina Osteria: $22 prix fixe choice of small plate and pasta and wine
9. Uni Sashimi Bar: Sake Bomb Tuesdays $35 4 course prix fixe with sake bomb
10. Beacon Hill Bistro @ 25 Charles St Boston: Fondue Sunday Nights $25
11. Red Lantern @39 Stanhope St Boston: Sun and Mon nights $7 small bites
1. *Local 149 @ 149 P St South Boston - $5 milkshake awesomeness (casual)
2. Masa @ 350 Cambridge Rd Woburn or 439 Tremont St Boston (BBQ mac and cheese) (casual) $8
3. Mooo @ 15 Beacon St Boston (fancy)
4. Sunset Grill and Tap @ 916 Comm Ave Boston and 130 Brighton Ave Allston- all you can eat taco bar, free mimosa and Sunday newspaper (super casual)
1. Chocolate Factory Tour @ Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St Somerville): need to drive. www.tazachocolate.com
2. Run for your Lives @ Amesbury Sports Park (www. runforyourlives.com). Saturday May 5. To run its $77, $25 to be a zombie, $32 to watch
3. Boston Chowderfest July 1, 11-6, City Hall Plaza
4. Scooper Bowl June 5-7 City Hall Plaza
1. Art Bar: 40 Edwin Land Blvd Cambridge MA $20, 3rd Thursday of each month
2. BCAE: 122 Arlington St Boston MA (www.bcae.org)
3. Local 149: 149 P St South Boston, $40 apps included, www.ticketleap.com
4. Waterline @ Boston Mariott, 296 State St, 1st Thu every other month at 6 PM. $25, w/ apps
5. Zocalo: 35 Stanhope St Boston, WEdnesdays 5-6 PM cocktatil tutorials
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