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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
First, you're right to not rent a car until you're leaving the city. Not only is a car not necessary, but the city can be a pain in the arse to drive in if you're not used to it.

The new location for Trillium is in the Seaport, and you can get cans/bottles there and also have some on draft if you want.

I'd highly recommend trying to stay along the Red Line if possible - easiest line to get in and out of the city. Check out some AirBnBs, you'll tend to get better prices than hotels around here. May is a popular time to come up here, so the hotels get pricey.

I'd actually recommend going to the Sunday noon game. You'd be surprised how cold it can still be at night in May, so you'd probably be more comfortable sitting in the sun for the game.


GeauxPack81
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Thanks for the info

I was looking at AirBnB. Not to disregard your recommendation, but they have alot of popular and rare find AirBnBs in the Back Bay and Columbus area for about the same price as the ones along the red line. Was considering trying to get one next to a stop on the green line on Huntington Ave. Is that a good idea or will that be more complicated?


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
No that would be a good area as well. Being along the green line will get you everywhere you need to go, it’s just a little slower than the red line.

Back Bay is a great neighborhood to stay in.

Also, please feel free to disregard anything I suggest. My word is definitely not law, just offering advice.
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cgrand
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we stayed in a really nice apartment right across the street from the park street T station (intersection of red/green) and the boston common in november. that location was great...right on the freedom trail and easy access to the rest of the city as its a central location to HQ


lsupride87
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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lsupride87
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Great thread and info


However, somewhat overwhelming


I am going to Boston Sunday April 7- April 10th

One thing I know I am going to do is hitup Trilim and the REd sox opening day game on tuesday



1. Should I bite the bullet and but aticket for $100 on stubhum since its opening day? Or should I try to buy a ticket outside the stadium?

2. What are you top places for getting beers and sitting at the bar for a bite to eat? I will be at a work conf by myself so this is my plan at night. Staying in Back Bay


cgrand
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1. Should I bite the bullet and but aticket for $100 on stubhum since its opening day? Or should I try to buy a ticket outside the stadium?

depends on whether you care where you sit


lsupride87
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depends on whether you care where you sit

Not at all really


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WG_Dawg
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
I absolutley can't give a good answer ot this, certainly not anything better than abita will give, and this is purely anecdotal.

My only trip to boston was during the summer a few years back and our group wanted to see a sox game. We decided to just buy tickets outside, and we even waited til like the 2nd or 3rd inning and tickets were still pretty darn high. Can't remember specific numbers, I just remember thinking 'hmm..they haven't really gone down any'. If you're going on opening weekend I imagine they'll be sky high. What we ended up doing was going to this bar (name escapes me) that is actually inside the stadium, in right field, behind the outfield wall. So you can see into the field from the bar. So you're kind of in the stadiuim but not REALLy. Looking back I would have liked to actually sit in the stadium but oh well.


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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Opening day is going to be expensive no matter what. You can go out after the first inning, as WG said, but I doubt it would be much cheaper than that. You can also go out to the ballpark early and get a ticket for $35, but it's standing room only. If all you care about is getting into the ballpark, that's a cheaper option. The bar WG referenced is Bleacher Bar, but to get a seat where you can see into the ballpark you're going to need to get there really early, and you'll probably end up spending more on beer waiting than you would on a ticket.

Plenty of good spots in the Back Bay. I'd recommend Cafeteria on Newbury if you're in the Back Bay. You can also go into the Prudential Center and eat at the bar at Eataly.


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GeauxPack81
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Getting closer to my trip. Have a few questions:

We get there on a Saturday afternoon. Staying at an AirBnB in Beacon Hill. Not looking to do a ton the day we arrive. Planning on walking to a dinner reservation at Yvonne's that night. Any recommendations on a place for drinks somewhere in the area around Yvonne's or Beacon Hill? Carrie Nation?

Sunday, planning on a 1PM Sox game. I want to go to The Baseball Tavern right before. Any recommendations on a casual place to eat in the area? Something local, but I somewhere I can go dressed for a baseball game?

Monday, we will probably do the Freedom Trail. Planning on Giacomo's for dinner. I see that there are 2 Giacomo's. Is the one in the North End better, or does it not matter which one I go to?

Other than that, I got my 2 nice dinners planned, but if you have any recommendations on the best casual breakfast/brunch/lunch spots let me know. I know you mention alot of places in the OP, but if you don't mind giving specific advice to me, I'd appreciate it.

Lastly, I'm picking up some Trillium cans to bring back, but is there anything else that I should definitely get? Yall get any distro of Hills Farmstead? Alchemist? Lawsons?
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AbitaFan08
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Any recommendations on a place for drinks somewhere in the area around Yvonne's or Beacon Hill? Carrie Nation?


Honestly, the bar at Yvonne's is awesome and they make great cocktails. I would just go there early and hang out before your reservation. But if you want something different, there's a newer brewery right around the corner called Democracy Brewing - great spot. For something a little fancier you could also go to the bar at No. 9 Park.

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Any recommendations on a casual place to eat in the area? Something local, but I somewhere I can go dressed for a baseball game?


Eastern Standard for sure. Although if that's not your thing or if it's too busy, you can also look into B&G Osyter or Eventide.

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Is the one in the North End better, or does it not matter which one I go to?


I'd do the one in the North End, but be prepared for a long wait.

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Other than that, I got my 2 nice dinners planned, but if you have any recommendations on the best casual breakfast/brunch/lunch spots let me know.


Would be helpful to know what area you're staying in or where you'll be.

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Lastly, I'm picking up some Trillium cans to bring back, but is there anything else that I should definitely get? Yall get any distro of Hills Farmstead? Alchemist? Lawsons?


You might be able to find Sip of Sunshine, but it's not a guarantee. Doubt you'll find any Alchemist, it's not sold often in Boston (which is fine because Heady Topper is pretty overrated IMO). Hill Farmstead is an absolute no - it's never been distributed outside of Vermont. You basically have to go to the brewery or a restaurant in Stowe or surrounding areas to even get it on draft.

If you'd like some recommendations for other local beers, I'd recommend Lamplighter, Night Shift, or Aeronaut. They aren't on the same level as Trillium/Tree House/Hill Farmstead, but they put out solid stuff. Night Shift just opened a new spot in the North End and it's supposed to be awesome, haven't had a chance to get out there yet though.
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GeauxPack81
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Thanks,

IDK why, I thought Eastern Standard was a fancier place, but looking at google images has plenty of people in Sox jerseys.

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Would be helpful to know what area you're staying in or where you'll be.

Staying in Beacon Hill. Willing to walk pretty much anywhere within a mile or 2. Or if its a can't miss place we can take the T.


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Eastern Standard is nice, but it's not "fancy." And everyone relaxes their standards around Fenway on gamedays because it's a given that people are going to the ballpark. So there will be tons of people in Sox gear.

For more casual breakfasts/lunches in that area, I'd look at Parish Cafe, Eataly in the Prudential Center, or Cafeteria on Newbury. Those are mostly in the Back Bay, but that's an easy walk. One breakfast spot worth taking the T for would be The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square - that would be in Cambridge in the direction of Harvard.

And when you're doing the Freedom Trail, it'll end in Charlestown. I'd recommend lunch at either Monument or grab a pizza at Brewer's Fork.


GeauxPack81
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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Enjoy your time here - hopefully the weather will cooperate. I know it’s supposed to rain this weekend.

If you have questions while you’re here feel free to post them. I’ll do my best to monitor the thread and get back to you ASAP.


jrobic4
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Are you familiar with any specialty grocers in the city or north of town? My sister is graduating and she wants me to cook a special meal for about a dozen people


Tigerfan19
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Bump for Abita!

Hey I'm heading back to Boston in 3 weeks, can't wait. I have a seminar near the airport but would rather stay more in the city. Looks like hotels are few and far between and the company won't let me stay at AirBnb. Da Sox come back in Friday night! So i'll be in Fenway Friday and Saturday night!

Any recs on where to stay, last time I stayed in Back Bay which was a pretty cool spot. I'll be in touch soon hope all is well and hoping the sox can turn it around



AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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Are you familiar with any specialty grocers in the city or north of town? My sister is graduating and she wants me to cook a special meal for about a dozen people


Absolutely. Go to Savenor's on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Or if you're in Cambridge, go to the original location in Cambridge. It's a phenomenal butcher shop where Julia Child was a regular. They'll have anything you could want.

Savenor's Market
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AbitaFan08
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Does your work put a cap on cost for a place to stay? The best option to put you in the city but make it easy to get towards the airport would be the Envoy. It's in the Seaport so around tons of restaurants and Trillium brewery, and you're not far from the airport so it would be a quick and cheap Uber.

Plus you're within a close walk to South Station so you can take the T anywhere, including Fenway.

But damn is it pricey, especially in the summer (though everything here is expensive in the summer )


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