(Closed) Cool places to visit in Boston?

posted 12 years ago in Boston
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I forgot to also mention Central and Inman Square in Cambridge.  Cambridge definitely has a younger, more indie vibe compared to parts of Boston.  The Middle East is a great place to catch a concert from a band and they have lots of fun bars in the area.  Inman Square also has some great restaurants – I highly suggest the East Coast Grill for a blend of BBQ and seafood.

 Davis Square is in Somerville and a little further out on the Red Line but is worth a visit also.  I don’t know if you ever watched Gilmore Girls but it’s exactly like Starry Hollow with the lighted trees at night along with musicians performing in the town square.  It has a cute crepe shop and lots of local stores.  Diva Lounge is a fun as is Joshua Tree for bar options. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would recommend visiting the Sam Adams factory in Justice of the Peace and the Boston Beer Garden in Southie.  On a nice day, people watching at Castle Island and eating anything from Sullivans. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

I just threw a surprise bday party at Silvertone last weekend – such a great place.  And amazing mac n cheese : )

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh yeah…so many Inman Sq. (and environs) restaurants.  I also *love* Dali’s.  It’s Spanish tapas…and they make great sangria.  Highly, highly recommend the garlic shrimp and squid in ink (long waits, we often would get sangria at the bar and order the shrimp while waiting for our table).

In Davis I recommend Red Bones if you like BBQ (or mac and cheese).  

It sounds like there’s a good list of Boston recs…I’ll have to try some on our next visit over.  Living in Cambridge, I didn’t make it over to Boston as often and to be honest I wouldn’t make a point of recommending any places I did go to (except Mike’s Pastries which I second).

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mike’s is good but the line to get in can be overwhelming. If you don’t want to wait you can try Bova’s bakery which is just down the street and around the corner. They are open 24 hours and also serve some good pizza and sandwiches should you be hungry coming out of the bar at 2am. Check out some of the feasts in the North End as well. Pretty much every weekend of the summer they celebrate some saint. Crazy Italians (I am one of them!).

Orleans in Davis Sqaure (I actually consider it in between Davis and Teele) is a little more pricey but trendy and the food is pretty decent for bar food. Porter Square in Cambridge/Somerville can be cool to walk around and do some shopping as well. HAVE FUN!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If your looking for a casual place , i would recommend The Living Room , its  in downtown boston near the waterfront, down the street from Marriot   or The Top of Hub if your looking for kinda fancy ..its Beautiful place and You can see all of Boston , its located in the Prudential Center ..and I would definately go to a sweet place called Kick ass Cupcakes ..there cupcakes are to die for 🙂  thats in Cambridge area… and You want places to shop …downtown Boston, and Newbury Street is Very Nice ..a little expensive , but nice 🙂  Well have fun here !

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh 1 more place ….TEXAS ROADHOUSE ..its fun , and the foods excellent and they have THE BEST Margaritas there 🙂  its located Everett/Medford Line ..

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This is a great thread! I’ll also be in Boston in the next few weeks and am staying at the Holiday Inn in Beacon Hill. I’m not very familiar with Boston, but would like some recs that are walking distance from the hotel. Any help would be much appreciated!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got engaged in Boston!  I had a blast in Chinatown…Taiwan Cafe is delicious.  I thought the freedom trail was kind of underwhelming, and I’m a history buff, so I thought I’d like it but I didn’t.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am a fan of cheap entertainment, so I can give my suggestions:

Sam Adams Brewery Tour – this is free and awesome!  You get a tour of the brewery in addition to a tasting!

The Pour House – probably the best deal in Boston.  Half-price Mexican food on Thursdays and Half-price burgers on Saturday.  Two people eat for LESS THAN $10.  This NEVER happens in Boston.  Not even at McDonald’s.  Drinks are pretty cheap too!

If you are coming between July 31st and August 16th, you should check out Shakespeare on the Common.  You sit on the grass and watch a free shakespeare play (this year, it is "The Comedy of Errors")!

Boston Beer Works – not all that cheap, but they have good burgers and good beer that they brew themselves.  Their blueberry beer is the best, and they usually have watermelon beer in the summer as well.  If you want to be close to the Fenway Park/Red Sox action but don’t have tickets to the game, this is a great choice. 

Hope these ideas help! 

 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

<span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: tahoma, verdana; font-size: 13px; font-style: italic”>MissCamera – <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: tahoma, verdana; font-size: 13px”>You’re really close to the Liberty Hotel (where Mrs. Toucan took her anniversary photos).  Alibi is the bar there which is pretty popular and has a nice patio during the summer.  It’s the place to be seen so you’d definitely want to dress up for it.  Drinks are expensive but it’s a fun place to be since it used to be the holding cell for drunks.  If you’re looking for a more laid-back bar, try 21st Amendment.  It’s more of a dive bar but not a bad option.

<span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: tahoma, verdana; font-size: 13px”>For restaurants, Figs is Todd English’s pizza restaurant which has great thin crust pizza.  I hear Beacon Hill Bistro is good as well but I’ve never tried it.  Once again, you’ll be close to the river.   Boston is pretty small and it’s definitely really easy to walk around to the different areas.  You’re going to be right next to Charles MGH on the Red Line which will bring you to Cambridge.  Hope this helps!

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