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10 Places to Watch the Superbowl in Boston

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Fri, Feb 05, 2016

SuperbowlEven though the Pats didn't make it this year, celebrate the last football Sunday of the season by checking out one of these Boston favorites for Superbowl 50 this Sunday February 7th. 

1. Buff's Pub: "Buff's hasn't announced any Super Bowl specials, but if you want great wings, this is the place to go. The bar has eight televisions"

2. Canary Square : "Serving an all-you-can-eat buffet for $18, with pitchers of Yuengling ($12) and PBR ($10). The buffet menu includes taco salad, pork spare ribs, fried chicken tenders, a taco bar, cheeseburger sliders, and more. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., and cornhole will be set up."

3. Cask'n Flagon: "Right by Fenway, this sports bar has over 60 televisions, so you'll be able to see the game from any seat. The large menu includes barbecue, burgers, big salads, and lots more. For Sunday, there will be themed cocktails named after each team for $8.95 and special appetizers for $5 and under (spanakopita, Buffalo spring rolls, chicken cordon bleu bites, and tater tots)."

4. Cathedral Station: "Serving a pub menu beginning at 4 p.m. Prizes and giveaways every quarter."

5. Clerys: "For $25/person, get a guaranteed table for your group, two beers, and an appetizer sampler platter. There's also a wing-eating contest. 21+"

6. McGreevy's: "Featuring more than 20 televisions, McGreevy's generally offersgame day specials along with the full menu and bar. And confetti cannons."

7. Night Market: "Serving $.50 wings with purchase of an alcoholic beverage. Flavors include tebasaki, numb-numb, dry numb, fu sauce, rendang, coffee barbecue, and black pepper honey. Opens at 5 p.m."

8. Papagayo: "At any Papagayo location, arrive before kickoff, tell your server which team you think will win, purchase a beverage, and stay for the whole game. If you do all of these things, and your team wins, your food will be free. If your team loses, you'll get a free entree for your next visit. Reservations required."

9. Parlor Sports: "One of the coziest little sports bars in town, Parlor Sports is the place to go if you want to drink good beer and eat fun comfort food, from pepperoni rolls to pastrami sandwiches."

10. Sweet Cheeks: "Special menu items for February 7 include fried chicken and waffles; chipotle Buffalo monster wings; fried drumsticks; and a sandwich bar."

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Boston Talks Happy Hour: The Future of Food

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Sat, Jan 16, 2016

Happy Hour: The Future of Food

 

"The future of food is on the menu. The Improper Bostonian’s Managing Editor Matt Martinelli (@MattJMartinelli) gives us a taste of what’s to come in the local food scene and thought leader David Gracer (@TheDaveGuy) explains why the international entomophagy (bugs as food!) movement is in our not-so-distant future. Join Matt, David, and others for a look at the future of food.   

 

A Smarter Happy Hour

Grab your friends and join us for WGBH’s take on happy hour—inspiring conversation plus wine and local craft brews for $5 a glass. Hear from and connect with local experts in a variety of fields while enjoying the great company of your neighbors from Boston and beyond. Each event combines short speaking programs, drinks, and a chance for you to join the conversation."

 

Click here for tickets. 

 

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3 Staycation Locations in Boston

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Try out one of these 3 Air BnB's, compiled by Thrillist, and have a staycation in Boston: "Whether you’re putting up the parents, keeping friends off your futon, or just trying to escape your roommates for a night (seriously, is that too much to ask?!?), we scoured thousands of listings to find the most extravagant, historic, or downright sexy Airbnb rentals in Boston. (Note: prices may fluctuate based on seasonality/demand.)"

1." Beacon Hill
Price: $650/night
Bedrooms/Bath: 3.5/2
Mention historic Beacon Hill and you no doubt think elegant brownstones, cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and gas lamps. Also, mustachioed Brahmins holding bags and bags of old money. Updated in 2015, this four-story brownstone dates back over 100 years and actually has a post office on the first floor -- so, there’s no excuse for not sending grandma a postcard. There’s a newly-renovated kitchen, a pellet stove, and a foosball table if you’re hanging in. And if you’re not, the place is right on Charles St, one of Boston’s top boutique shopping spots. Just don’t leave before grabbing a beer at The Sevens."

2. "Fenway
Price: $1,000/night
Bedrooms/Bath: 4/3.5
A short walk to Fenway Park, this ultra-mod, 3,500sqft “urban oasis” was built in 2012 and sleeps 10 in four bedrooms. It also comes equipped with a chef’s kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, an entertainment space, and a large yard/outdoor grilling area for tailgating before the big game. High five."

3. "North End
Price: $600/night
Bedrooms/Bath: 2/2
Located in the heart of Boston’s Italian section of town (the North End), this newly-renovated, two-story spot may as well come with a pizzeria and pastry shop built into the living room; that’s how close you’ll be to all the action. And when you’re not stuffing your face with the city’s best cannoli, you can admire the unit’s exposed brick walls and gorgeous wooden beams."

 

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Best Halloween Parties in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

 

halloweenHalloween is just a few days away and Boston has no shortage of fun costume parties, bar crawls, dancing and more. Here are a few ideas:

1. Boston Official Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl | Faneuil Hall

"The Crawl-O-Ween bar crawl requests ticket buyers come dressed in their best Halloween attire. The bars participating in the event are located within the Faneuil Hall area, making it a convenient night out accessible by public transportation. Your ticket (options listed above) gives you access to the participating venues, but your drink purchases are not included. However, most of these bars will offer drink specials for ticket holders. A starting location is to be decided. Wristbands and bar crawl maps will be handed out at registration. Check the website for updated information as the dates approach."

2. GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub And Lounge | Downtown

"Head to GEM if you’re looking for a wild party filled with some of Boston’s best. A DJ will be spinning a mix of the Top 40 and popular dance tracks that will undoubtedly fill the dance floor. Many people like going to GEM because of its upscale, chic decor. Having a ticket grants you entry for the night. Mixing great music, fabulous drinks and amazing costumes makes GEM a guaranteed good time. "

3. Nightmare On Boston Harbor | Seaport

"This indoor Halloween BOOze cruise will host 800 passengers as it takes to the waters of the Boston Harbor. Costumes are strongly encouraged, as guests take to the seas for a night of BOOzing and dancing. There will be eight DJs on board bringing the best music to get every sexy ghost, mummy and witch moving and grooving. The website does note that there will be a cash-only bar on board, so guests are asked to bring cash on the ship."

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3 Places to See Fall Foliage in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Oct 11, 2015

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"Boston's fall foliage blazes across the city from late September through October - and often well into November.

Although you can see lots of gorgeous leaves on New England fall foliage tours, you can also enjoy spectacular leaf color by touring around Boston on your own. Check out these spots to peep some local foliage...

 

 

#1: Boston's Public Garden

Located in the heart of the city next to Boston Common, the Public Garden puts on a spectacular display of color throughout the fall months.

The Public Garden contains many densely planted trees and shrubs. Each species changes color at a slightly different time, making a constantly shifting tapestry of autumnal tones.

If you're curious about what types of trees you're admiring, look for brass labels under the trees.

For even more stunning views, walk onto the footbridge across the Lagoon.

In the distance, you can see Mallard Island, of Make Way for Ducklings fame - that it on the left in the photo below. On warm days, you'll usually spot a few ducks sunning themselves on the ramp leading down to the water.

Insider tip: Many of the wide variety of ornamental trees growing in the Public Garden change color early - so splashes of autumn color can usually be see first here.

#2: The Esplanade

The tree-filled Boston Esplanade, the long linear park along the Charles River across from Beacon Hill and Back Bay, turns into a sea of gold and orange in October when Boston's fall foliage begins to reach its peak.

You can walk, jog, or bicycle along the river paths and enjoy the dancing water reflections of the many-hued leaves. Bring your camera and capture the perfect photos of the colorful fall leaves along the river.

#3: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Bay Village

Spend 10 minutes walking randomly through any of these elegant neighborhoods and treat your eyes to a panorama of colorful leaves and varied textures.

In Beacon Hill, the narrow lanes and alleys blaze with color from the street trees. Look closely, and you'll see glimpses of color from almost-hidden gardens. A particularly lovely walk is up Mount Vernon street to tree-filled Louisburg Square.

In Back Bay, Commonwealth Avenue - a magnificent statue-filled boulevard with a long park down the middle - is spectacular.

Start at the Public Garden, walk down Comm Ave all the way to Hereford Street, turn right and walk another block, and then turn right again and walk back on Marlborough Street. Magnolias, so magnificent when blooming in the spring, now make a swath of gold.

The Southwest Corridor Park provides a perfect starting point for leaf viewing in the South End. From Back Bay Station, cross Dartmouth Street to the park's entrance.

Walk as far as you want, enjoying the colorful gardens and trees. Then either come back the same way or detour through the neighborhood's small streets, enjoying how the crimsons and maroons of the Boston fall foliage harmonize with the red brick Victorians."

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Jul 04, 2015

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Happy 4th of July! If you're staying in the city this year, here are a few places for food and libations that are open on the 4th:

  • Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro | Beacon Hill: "Serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with specials like watermelon salad, grilled chorizo with pepper relish, and crab cakes, as well as dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with specials like barbecue braised pork shoulder. Regular menu available in addition to specials."
  • Bistro du Midi | Back Bay: "Offering a special "714" menu (seven options, one prix fixe, four courses) from July 1 through July 14, including July 4, in honor of both America's and France's Independence Days. (Bastille Day takes place on July 14 in France.) $49/person. Vegetarian options available upon request."
  • Frost Ice Loft | Downtown: "Boston's only bar made of ice will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4, as well as noon to 8 p.m. on July 5, featuring new ice sculptures of "classic American heroes" like Captain America and Wonder Woman by sculptor Eric Fontecchio. Plus, there will be Independence Day-inspired cocktails."
  • Flat Top Johnny's | Kendall Square: "Celebrating 'murica with burgers, wings, beer, and pool all day."

For the full article from Boston Eater, click here

 

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2015 Boston Marathon

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Apr 19, 2015

An estimated 500,000 people are expected to watch the Boston Marathon tomorrow. Here are a few insider tips from Boston Discovery Guide to to make your day a little bit smoother:



"If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" 



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  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf

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4 Best Places to Watch the Boston Marathon

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Marathon Monday is less than a week away now! Don't know where you're going to watch yet? Take a look at a few of these recommendations from Boston.com:

1. Hopkinton (Start to 2 miles): "The race begins here, but if you think you'll find a good viewing spot, forget it -- it will be packed. Instead, meander down the route as far as a mile; around Frankland Road you'll get a good view of the racers as they zip downhill from the starting line."

2.Wellesley (11.5 to 16 miles): "This town's business district features the exact midway point of the 26.2-mile race. But before the racers get there, the screaming Wellesley College students make for a lively -- and loud -- watching spot. It's also here that the racers leave Route 135 and merge onto Route 16. Set up either just before the college crowd or after, closer to Town Hall. Hunnewell Park is on a hill and provides a nifty overall view. Wide, straight Washington Street in Wellesley Hills is a great place, too."

3.Chestnut Hill (20 to 21.5 miles): "This is the make-or-break section of the race: infamous Heartbreak Hill. You'll encounter another noisy college crowd here -- that of Boston College, right at the top of the hill -- but there are wide roads and green space for good viewing spots."

4.Boston (24.5 to 26.2 miles): "If you want rowdy, park yourself in Kenmore Square and bring a ladder (only kidding). The crowd swells when the Red Sox game gets out, and whether the Sox won or lost, they'll be um, very loud. This is the last wide-open space for viewing; from here, the racers continue down Comm. Ave., take a right onto tiny Hereford, then a left into the madness of Boylston Street and the finish line."

Check out the full article from Boston.com to get more ideas for places to watch!
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Five Places to Outdoor Ice Skate in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Mar 01, 2015

 

Embrace these last (hopefully) few weeks of winter weather by taking advantage of Boston's outdoor ice skating options. Here are five great spots, as provided by the Boston Calendar:

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Stargaze at BU's Coit Observatory

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Get a chance to see the night sky up close and personal at the Coit Observatory. Each (weather-permitting) Wednesday, Boston University hosts a Public Open Night, giving you have access to their telescopes to stargaze, check out planets, and see the moon. Staff members are there to offer you educational tidbits and provide any help you need.  These events are fun,free, and educational so this is a great idea for kids or out of town guests. 

 

Be sure to check their twitter feed the day-of, to make sure the event isn't canceled due to weather. 

You can also give them a call at (617) 353-2630. 

 

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