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Old 01-22-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Ottawa (Canada)
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Can anyone recommend a decent place for a pint in Back Bay. Looking for something a little more authentic and not too touristy, although I'm not sure if that's possible in the area we'll be staying? Tips?
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Ottawa (Canada)
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Forgot to mention that we'll likely be staying at the "Lenox"
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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Clery's, by the Back Bay train station, is as close as you're going to get unfortunately. It's quite touristy but not so bad for what it is.
Clery's (http://www.irishconnection.com/clerys.html - broken link)

I'd recommend this place, in the neighboring South End, much more highly:
J.J. Foley's South End

Foley's also has a location in Downtown Boston, which borders the Back Bay as well. Avoid this one on Thursdays and Fridays during "after work" hours but otherwise it's fine.
J.J. Foley's Downtown

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Old 01-22-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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Doberman, you must not know the Back Bay very well.

If you're staying at the Lenox, you don't have to go very far: Solas

Also, at Park Plaza is: M.J. O'Connor's (http://www.mjoconnors.com/index1.htm - broken link) owned by the same company as Solas.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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Doberman, you must not know the Back Bay very well.

If you're staying at the Lenox, you don't have to go very far: Solas

Also, at Park Plaza is: M.J. O'Connor's (http://www.mjoconnors.com/index1.htm - broken link) owned by the same company as Solas.
Yeah, Solas and MJ's are part of a lame, overpriced, (mostly) hotel based chain. They have one at the BCAEC Westin as well.

I've either lived or worked in the Back Bay since 1995. Other than a few good lounge/Martini places and that dive TC's over by Berklee the bar scene here is pretty weak, definitely worse than any other section of Boston proper.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Ottawa (Canada)
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Thanks all. I'm certainly not opposed to a bit of a walk to find something decent or a little more off the beaten path with decent prices for a pint and good atmosphere. Either way, by the sounds of it we have lots of options.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Crossroads Pub on Beacon St is a nice little bar.
http://http://crossroadspubboston.com/ (broken link)

If you walk west on Boylston a few block (just past the Hynes) you'll fine Bukowski's. They have one of the best beer selections in the city. And a couple blocks past that is a favorite of mine...TC's Lounge. It's just off Mass Ave on a side street called Haviland St (Across from Berklee).

Enjoy.
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