Post # 1
One of my bridesmaids and I are heading out to Boston for a girl’s weekend after the new year.
Any restaurant suggestions? We’re not looking for anything too expensive and we love pubs!! And even though we could probably spend the whole weekend drinking, I don’t think it’s a good idea… What else should we do while we’re there??
Our hotel is right in the city center and close to public transportation… So we are up for taking the train (you guys call it the T or something??) or driving around.
Post # 4
1. Don’t drive. Absolutely no need! Just take the T. If you get a Charlie Card (plastic card that you touch to a sensor to deduct the fair) instead of a Charlie Ticket (paper with magnetic strip dispensed from fare machine) you will save $0.30 each way. Get the Charlie Card from a T person in the info booth at stops (not all stops have them, but most downtown do).
2. I don’t really frequent pubs, and those aren’t really the most popular places to eat, anyway. If you want trndy places, check out Boylston St in the area between the Prudential Center and Hynes ICA. The Other Side Cafe has amazing brunch (by Hynes T stop. across Massachusetts Ave). If you want great ethnic food, try Addis Red Sea (Ethiopian fare) by the Back Bay T stop on the orange line.
3. there are some really great karyoke spots in Chinatown, and some great food places there, too.
4. You can get cheap last minute tickets to shows at BosTix. There is a booth by Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market (also a great place to people watch/get a cheap lunch/see some history on the Freedom Trail – takes you around to the history hot spots in town. )
5. Great shopping happens on Newbury St/Boylston St.
6. THe Commons and Back Bay/Beacon Hill are really scenic in the snow that we will surely have when you come. Very historic and beautiful neighborhoods that are really charming as the seasons change. Grab some hot chocolate and wander around.
(and f you want to drink all weekend, bring $$$ because it is really expensive here!)
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
Hennesey’s is a fun pub and it is next to Fanueil Hall, which has lots of little shops. There are a few other pubs on the sae street if you want to try a few different ones.
Post # 6
I also like Hennesseys, and Whiskeys on Boylston Street is fun if there’s a good crowd. I actually just went home to Boston last week with my SO, who has never been, and I took him on the Trolley Tour, and it was super fun. We got the see the whole city, and the passengers can get off/on the trolley as much as they’d like, so we stopped in Quincy Market for lunch and went to the Back Bay and Beacon Hill. It’ll give you a good idea of where everything is at least, so you can explore more on your own later.
Post # 7
I would suggest faneuil hall especially if you are interested in pubs. There are a bunch of shops and a building full of food stands which is a nice cheap lunch. There is the Bell in hand and the purple shamrock if you are interested in pubs.
The north end is close by they have great italian places and while there are expensive places there are some good inexpensive places as well. The waterfront is right near there as well.
Post # 8
I love Sonsie on Newbury St for food and drinks.
Check out the North End- lots of great Italian places + yummy desserts 🙂 I personally love the canolis at Mikes Pastry on Hanover- if there is a line out the door, don’t be intimidated, it moves quickly.
I agree with everyone who mentioned Quincy Market- fun area with lots of great food places.
Post # 9
I second Fanueil Hall if you want to hang around pubs. If you want to have a nice lunch or dinner you can walk from there over to the North End (my personal fav. is Dolce Vita). Hanover Street in the North End has tons of little italian cafes and shops.
It might be a nice time to walk around Boston Commons. There is a public skating rink on the Frog Pond which might be fun for you girls. You can rent skates for a few bucks and skate outside.
If you want some shopping check out Newberry Street or the Prudential area. Its expensive stores but fun to poke around in.
Post # 10
I’ve been to Boston w/my man a couple times and Love it! But also, love NYC. Anyways, NO NEED FOR A CAR if you Fly…take the T-lines (yes the trains are called the T and super easy to navigate) as it will take you EVERYWHERE!!! 🙂 Ok so over off of the Silver line near the Seaport hotel there is a restrauant called Yankee Lobster company…they have really good Lobster rolls!! Oh and off the Green line (the C train I believe) there is a really good Hamburger joint. Check out the Man Vs. Food webpage for suggestions from his Boston show.
Mikes Pastery is a MUST to get a Chocolate Cannoli rolled in honey!!!! (ah man now I want another one, I had it for the first time this past Oct. when we went up…so good and found it randomly). It’s in the italien section of town near Old North Church (Free to enter check closing times) and Paul Reever’s house (price was like $5/person)
If you are into sports and the Celtics are in town hit up a game you will have a blast! There is a Hard Rock Cafe up there and Cheers (the second store near Faneuil Hall) and some cool shops.
Have fun!! I love Boston! 🙂
Post # 11
Also, check out the GOBoston card, to save on locations and things. There is also the Aquiriaum and you can see Myrtle the Turtle (really BIG turtle) however, it’s expensive for a very small Aquiriaum.
Post # 12
I would totally suggest taking a stroll around the Common, it’s so pretty this time of year (just snowed last night for the first time this year!).. go ice skating at the Frog Pond, dinner/drinks on Charles Street, shopping on Newbury – all in one neighborhood! 😀
Also, if you’re feeling the nightlife & want to have fun at a club, there’s the Estate (where the bachelorette party in Bride Wars was filmed) and Liquor Store (bullriding craziness, lol) right there as well.
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Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
The Common & Public Gardens are soooooo pretty this time of year, especially if it snowed! If you like history at all, I think the Freedom Trail is really interesting. I’ve done it a bunch of times and I really like it! Also, it’s a really easy way to find your way to the North End if you want to eat. My favorite casual place there is called Cafe Pompeii (I think).
I also like Sonsie in Back Bay, like someone else mentioned. It’s right on Newbury St. so you can go out and do lots of fun shopping & browsing afterwards.
A pub I like is 21st Amendment in Beacon Hill. It’s right across the street from the Massachusetts State House. It’s very old and has a colonial sort of ambiance. Then you can go walking and ogle all the fabulous homes in Beacon Hill.
Also, it’s really really easy to take the red line across the river and check out the sights in Cambridge!
Post # 14
I second the Frog Pond for ice skating, Fanuel Hall and Quincy Market for the pubs, shopping and people watching. Boston Common and the Boston Public Gardens are gorgeous anytiime of year. And you gotta go to Mike’s Pastry.
I’d also ask at your hotel and ask as you are out and about in the city. People up here are pretty friendly.