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Old 08-13-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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I have a friend flying in to Boston. She's reporting to duty in Newport, and I'd like to give her a great night on the town to send her off.

I'll pick her up at Logan on a Friday evening (around 9ish), and we'll get a hotel. She and I like to pub crawl, so bars in walking distance will be necessary. We'll be splitting the hotel, but I can't afford anything over the top, price wise. Age wise, we're gonna want bars that cater to a young professional crowd - but are hoppin' (read: packed).

Saturday she wants to do the Sam Adams brewery tour, but what about a totally Boston place for breakfast and lunch/early dinner?

Give me your best ideas! I'm supposed to be the expert, and I've been to Boston like... once.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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I would just hit the Feneuil Hall area. It can get a little touristy and cheesy (and somewhat young), but definitely packed. It's a good place for out of towners. You also have a big variety - traditional pub: Black Rose, Green Dragon, etc.; dancing to a cover band - Ned Devines; dancing in general; upstairs at the Bell in Hand, Sissy Ks, etc. on the water - Tia's, the Sail Loft; trendy lounge - Red Sky and the Living Room. And there are about 20 other bars to choose from. The bars get very crowded and some have long lines by 10 and a few have cover charges ($5-$10).

Other than that, consider the North Station/Garden bar scene and Boylston (Vox, Lir, Saint, etc).
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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I'll have to second the Faneuil Hall area. The State Street side gets real busy, especially on the weekends. Really, the entire area from Canal St down through Union St and Faneuil Hall to State and Broad St is one big party on the weekends. Just walk from one bar to the next.

Also this weekend is the Fisherman's Feast in the North End (which is in the same area). Welcome to the Fisherman's Feast

Not sure about breakfast, but I'd recommend The Barking Crab for lunch/dinner.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Boston
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i recommend the harpoon brewery tour over sam adams. its also a better location.

as far as bar hopping... you want to go to Fanuel Hall. lots of irish pubs and bars ect. Summer weekend nights, it will be crowded and fun.

bell in hand, ned divines, hong kong, sissy k's, purple shamrock, black rose...

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...c=Boston%2C+MA

go there for reviews

harborside inn or bulfinch hotel marriot longwharf for reasonable prices

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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A totally Boston place for early dinner would be Doyles, on Washington Street in the Jamaica Plain section. Not a tourist in sight. If you did the Sam Adams tour you'd be close by. A totally Boston place for breakfast would be Charlies Sandwich Shop on Columbus Avenue in the South End.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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Why Harpoon over Sam Adams?

Last edited by AandD; 08-13-2009 at 01:17 PM.. Reason: jsut saw the hotel rec's in the post above! Whoops!
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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Try the Park Plaza. Someone here recently got a room for $60.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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I think it's supposed to be nice out this weekend so I would have lunch/dinner at one of the many restaurants on Newbury St. that has an outdoor patio. It's terrific for people watching.

Depending on what time you're doing the Sam Adams tour, you could go to the Centre St. Cafe on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain for breakfast/brunch or go to Bella Luna restaurant for lunch/dinenr which is right around the corner from the Brewery. Also, I think you need to book the tour in advance. One of my friends was trying to do it recently and called a day ahead to find out it was sold out.

I've never done either brewery tour so I can't comment on the quality, but the Sam Adams Brewery is in an awkward location. It's in a random spot in JP out of the way from any other touristy areas.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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I dont have a problem with either brewery. Was just thinking the Harpoon brewery is much easier going to the Wharf from Downtown than going to JP.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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I dont have a problem with either brewery. Was just thinking the Harpoon brewery is much easier going to the Wharf from Downtown than going to JP.
Thanks. you actually aren't the 1st person to recommend Harpoon over SA, but no one had told me why, so I asked.

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