Boston Journals

A Boston Bar Crawl

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An October 2005 trip to Boston by notso62

Bell in Hand Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: This journal is for the party animals, highlighting the best (and worst) watering holes Boston has to offer.

A Boston Bar Crawl

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Overview

Boston Bars Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Boston bar scene is a varied one, ranging from electric club scenes to dingy Irish pubs. Crowds range from those in their early 20s to those pushing 70 and up. Popular scenes are forever changing, but nonetheless forever entertaining. Younger crowds tend to gravitate toward areas around Landsdowne Street and Faneiul Hall. Landsdowne Street is home to Avalon, Aria, and Jillian's, three very popular clubs that let in a limited number of people under the age of 21 on most nights. Consequently, these places are usually overrun with underage drinkers and a crowd that frequently binge drinks until obliterated. Faneuil Hall bars that cater to this crowd include The Purple Shamrock and Boston Rocks. Th...Read More

33 Restaurant and Lounge

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Restaurant | "33"

33 Restaurant and Lounge Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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33 is one of the better bars that Boston's South End/Back Bay has to offer. Found on discreet Stanhope Street behind the hubbub of the Prudential Center and Copley Place, it has maintained its reputation as an upscale establishment without attracting too many pretentious yuppies. The crowd at 33 is mostly mid-late twenties, with the occasional thirtysomething thrown in for good measure. Most of the patrons are executives-in-the-making, or at the very least professional-looking. Khakis and button-downs are aplenty here among the male crowd; the females tend to be a little more varied, but no one is too outrageous or underdressed. If you want to wear vinyl or something outlandish to go out, this is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

33 Restaurant and Lounge
33 Stanhope Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Tia's on the Waterfront

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Attraction | "Tia's"

Tia's on the Waterfront Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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During the hot summer Boston nights, there is no better place to be than Tia's on the waterfront. Its open patio area and large open windows allow the natural breeze to come off the ocean and cool the patrons. The tiki torches and summery-style bar complete with raffia add to this warm-weather hot spot's cool vibe. Tia's is extremely popular on nice spring and summer days and attracts many people who are leaving work from the downtown area. If you go around 6 or 7pm on a day when the weather is exceptional, expect to wait on a pretty lengthy line to gain admittance to the bar. Tia's offers private outdoor patio parties that can be booked ahead of time to accommodate both large and small ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Tia's on the Waterfront
200 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 227-0828

Cosmopolitan

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Attraction

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Cosmopolitan's lies right in the heart of Boston's Financial District and is very convenient to the downtown shopping area. In spite of these facts, it remains rather low-key, never attracting a huge crowd or the type of people who go to the bars straight from work wearing their power suits. On most nights the draw to Cosmopolitan's is mostly that they offer $1 draft beers during a 4-hour happy hour. This is probably one of the best drink bargains in Boston. It's a great place to get your night started if you're heading out early. However, the scene at Cosmopolitan's dies a little bit after 8pm. The crowds tend to float out the doors in an attempt to find more of an interesting scene (though more...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Cosmopolitan
35 Batterymarch St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
617/695-9333

Bell in Hand

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Attraction | "The Bell in Hand"

Bell in Hand Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Bell in Hand claims to be "the oldest pub in the United States," and far be it for anyone to dispute this claim. The Bell is a lovely old-fashioned masonry building that sits between cobblestone walkways and alleys on the Freedom Trail. An antique-looking sign greets patrons from the side street, and the interior of the bar looks like it probably would have hundreds of years ago aside from the automated taps and plasma-screen TVs. The woodwork and floors have an old feeling that gives this bar a homeyness not found in other Boston bars. It's no wonder there is always a line outside the door to get in on Friday and Saturday nights--the Bell is the place to be! The crowd at the Bell in Hand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Bell in Hand
45 Union St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617/227-2098

Paddy O's

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Attraction

Paddy O's Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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With so many tourist attractions and over-rated bars and nightlife scenes around the Faneiul Hall area, it was surprising that the owners of Paddy O's chose this location to open their unpretentious and cool Irish pub in early 2005. I must admit, this was a welcome addition to the nightlife of the area. The first thing I noticed about Paddy O's was it's lack of a snotty door person. All too often, the bars in this area will not be at capacity, but have the line to get in stretched around the block to create the illusion of being "the place to be". Paddy O's does not create this illusion, as though it is packed on the inside, the bouncers are quick to ID and obtain the cover efficiently. This is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2005

Paddy O's
Faneiul Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Hennessey's

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Attraction

Hennessey's Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Hennessey's is a typical Irish pub in the tourist-center of Boston. The interior is quite plain with the unfinished planks on the floors, woodwork and bar. There is nothing spectacular to draw one into this bar besides the lack of line (as opposed to the more crowded area bars) and occasional drink deals. Hennessey's should be avoided by anyone looking for a cool scene or great Boston Irish pub experience. It seems to me that a mostly older crowd frequents this bar that does not necessarily make a fun scene. The last time I went, it seemed like a crowd of 30-something women had taken over and were acting like complete hooligans on the dance floor during a night out away from their husbands...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Hennessey's
Faneiul Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Saint

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Attraction

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My friends and I used to frequent the downtown Boston hot spot Saint, pretending that it provided Saintly divine intervention to our ho-hum social schedules. Having grown older and wiser, I don’t mingle as often at this location. Perhaps it was my desire to wear something other than a little black cocktail dress or halter with black pants. Perhaps I tired of the "better-than-thou" attitude put forth by most of the patrons and some of the staff here. I don’t really know what the reason, but I have moved on to bigger and better things since hitting my late 20s. Saint today is still an upscale cocktail bar catering to 20- and 30-something clientele in the higher-class Back Bay section of ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

Saint
90 Exeter St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 236-1134

City Bar

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Attraction

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Ah, the City Bar. Such an interesting place on the Boston social scene was stumbled upon by accident one evening when my friend was courting a venture capitalist. He made the suggestion that we head over there after things were beginning to wind down at another Back Bay singles hot spot—to his surprise, we did not know where he was talking about. After that evening though, the City Bar quickly became one of our favorite places.The City Bar is tucked inside of the Lenox Hotel near Copley Square. It does have a few signs advertising its presence on the outside of the building, but I must admit I had never noticed them before. You have to go through the hotel's well-appointed lobby to gain entry ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2007

City Bar
61 Exeter St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 933-4800