After a commute from hell, a stop over in Connecticut, and a lengthy amount of time spent in line, it’s already 15 minutes before midnight and I am without my promised complimentary champagne. Despite all of this, New Year’s Eve in Boston Massachusetts far exceeds my expectations. The club – Axis/ID, situated on Landsdowne Street right across from Fenway Park – was so-so, but despite its shortcomings, a major one being it’s three-row deep queue for the bar (I had one drink all night!), it had its own sense of uniqueness. The sheer volume of people as well as the eclecticism did not disappoint. As a former resident of the U.K., I was surprised to interact with no less than four fellow Britons.
During after hours, the streets held the same atmosphere and energy, as well as a surprising amount of youthful solidarity and gregariousness. Finding a taxi downtown at 3am was an unexpectedly tough undertaking, but we were helped out by some fellow club-goers after a near 40-minute effort.
Being that Boston is relatively new to me, this was my first time experiencing the nightlife and I was far from disappointed. It is easy to forget that Boston is quite a young city, demographically, because of its classic architecture and rich history. Having taken the trolley tour and other tourist excursions, such as a trip to Harvard University and the Boston Commons on a prior visit, my goal this time around was to do the things that I would do if I lived there.
This meant shopping first and foremost. Luckily, their mass-transit system is easy to use, so optimal mobility is easily attainable. The Downtown Crossing area boasts many of the same shops one could find in a mall, but the fact that they are lined along a square as opposed to being enclosed under a dome adds a certain amount of charm.
For the more sophisticated shopper, there is Newbury Street. Lined with authentic designer shops as well as a number of spas, it can seem quite intimidating, but the staff is friendly and you can find more reasonably priced retailers such as Express and United Colours of Benetton. When in need of food, we trekked down to Cambridge on foot.
If, like me, you are a lover of Indian cuisine, you will not be disappointed. Cambridge has a number of Indian restaurants. We ate at the Bombay Club in Harvard Square and it was fantastic! Harvard Square is great for good, reasonably priced restaurants, and once again, the atmosphere is wonderful being that there is a great mix of people.