Boston Journals

Another Boston Bar Crawl

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An October 2008 trip to Boston by notso62

Eastern Standard Kitchen Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Since our first Boston bar crawl was three years ago, a new entry is due! New places, new scenes, but same tired Puritan rules!

Jillian's of Boston

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Attraction | "Late Night Entertainment"

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In Boston it is sometimes difficult to distinguish which bar you have entered once inside. Standard sports décor and dingy pub accoutrements decorate more than one watering hole in the downtown area. Jillian’s is an exception to the sub-standard decorating patterns of other establishments. It is hard to confuse this bar/sports mega-plex with any other in Boston. Jillian’s has positioned itself successfully as some sort of adult playground. On the first floor there is a standard bar and dance club. On the second and third floors are pool tables, dart boards, and some video games. The fourth floor houses a bowling alley and lounge. Occasionally a floor or two is rented out for private partie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2009

Jillian's of Boston
145 Ipswich St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
(617) 437-0300

Greatest Bar

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Attraction | "The Greatest Bar?"

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"The Greatest Bar" might not live up to its name, but it is a perfectly nice sports bar located conveniently within a block of the TD Banknorth Garden (current home to the Bruins and Celtics). Any bar with such a superlative name automatically draws my criticism, but my problems with The Greatest Bar pretty much stop at its moniker. The Greatest Bar is an excellent sports bar. It’s proximity to the TD Banknorth Garden makes it the ideal pre-game meet-up place or post-game regroup place for when the Bruins or Celtics have home games. Local teams dominate the sports-bar décor, but fans from any team could feel comfortable here. For those fans not lucky enough to get tickets to th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2009

Greatest Bar
262 Friend Street
Boston
(617) 367-0544

Boston Sail Loft

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Attraction | "North End Dive Bar"

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Every neighborhood in Boston has it’s own bar where locals (and some brave tourists) can kick back and enjoy fairly-priced drinks and colorful conversation. The Sail Loft is such a watering hole for the North End neighborhood of Boston. The North End is historically known for its many significant stops along the "Freedom Trail" and as Boston’s "Little Italy". However neither of these factors is represented at the Sail Loft; which is probably why it has escaped being turned into a tourist trap contrary to the fact that it is very favorably located on the waterfront of this neighborhood. The local crowd that frequents the Sail Loft is mostly male in their early-30s. You won’t he...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2009

Boston Sail Loft
80 Atlantic Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
+1 617 227 7280

Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant

Attraction | "The Pre-Requisite Drinking Experience: the Boston-Irish Bar"

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There is a group of "new-school" Irish bars in Boston that are very popular with the upper-20s to mid-30s crowd. These bars are owned by a common development group that transformed these once-dives into slick reinterpretations of the Boston Irish-bar experience. Lir is one of the bars owned by this group. Lir is located at the end of Boylston Street, making it convenient to students of Northeastern and Boston Universities, several T stops on the Green Line and residents of the gentrified south end. It is also the usual location of the beginning of a Boylston Street bar crawl as perpetrated by my friends and I on several occasions. Most of the clientele at Lir tends to be in their mid to late 20’...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2009

Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant
903 Boylston Street
Boston 02115
(617) 778-0089

Eastern Standard Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Pre-Game Dining and Drinks"

Eastern Standard Kitchen Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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After numerous misadventures at the crowded Cask n’ Flagon (the bar across from Fenway park; the epitome of pre-game drinking), my friend and I decided that we would try something different. Right outside the Kenmore Square T stop and one block over from Yawkey Way; Eastern Standard Kitchen opened up about two years ago in a location that once housed a punk-rock club. Eastern Standard Kitchen (or ESK as it is often abbreviated) is a far cry from your average sports watering-hole though its proximity to Fenway might indicate otherwise. Patrons are greeted by first a well-maintained outdoor seating area that is open during Boston’s seasonal months. An overhang shields this space from the frequent ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2009

Eastern Standard Kitchen
528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston
(617) 532-9100