unmissable neighbourhoods ?
Am going to be in Boston for 9 or 10 days to coincide with the World Series ( I hope !) and so am looking for recs for
1. Cool areas ( aside from immediately around Fenway) to eat and watch the game/grab a beer
2. Cool neigbourhoods for 'off' nights ( or post game ) with plenty of bars ( for two 30 something straight guys ) , good beers or cocktails and a buzzy bar or restauarant hopping atmosphere
In terms of preferred food, most things are fine - though authentic Italian and Spanish are good and one of us is a veggie. In terms of bars , anywhere that serves a good selection of micro/local beers is good , or spot on cocktails if we are suffering from jet lag and need max alcohol for minimum volume !
Thanks for any help you can give. We were in town in 04 so hopefully history will repeat itself !
I'll leave the bar suggestions to those more in the know.
For preferred foods, the North End is a great place for Italian for several styles and pocketbooks. I just posted a ranking recently:
Other Boston Italian spots well worth a go outside this area are Grotto (Beacon Hill), Via Matta (Park Square), Carlo's Cucina (Allston), and Trattoria Toscana (Fenway).
Pretty much all you'll find for Spanish in Boston are tapas spots -- try Dali (Somerville/Cambridge line), Taberna de Haro (Brookline), Toro (South End), Tapeo (Back Bay), or Tasca (Allston).
You might want to check out Central Square in Cambridge. Our favorite is Central Kitchen which has a great bar and fantastic food, although no tv for games. The Enormous Room upstairs is a swanky lounge for after dinner if you like. Great cocktails. Folks also like Rendezvous although we were a bit disappointed. Green Street gets a lot of nods around here, although I haven't been since the menu changed several years ago.
For good cocktails and food, you might want to penetrate a bit farther into Cambridge and check out the West Side Lounge. I had a tasty experience there recently: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/448561
You may want to check out the area around Inman Square in Cambridge. Excellent food and drinks at the East Coast Grill, lots of great Portuguese and Brazilian food, an excellent bar in the Druid, etc. etc. The only difficulty is that you'd need to take a bus/cab/15 minute walk from the subway.
Finally, a list of beer bars and other things can be found here: http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/3
There are reviews of most of these places on Chowhound too, just search.
Have fun in Boston
502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
West Side Lounge
1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The South End is a good neighborhood to roam, with plenty of bars and restaurants. You might like Gaslight, a brasserie with good drinks and lively atmosphere.
I agree about Central Square and the recs there. Don't miss Toscanini's for ice cream. Also, a bit farther up Mass Ave. toward Harvard Sq. is a fine Gastro Bar, Garden at the Cellar.
Allston's a good chow nabe with a very good bar - the Sunset has a vast selection of bears. Washington Sq is another area worth checking out -- Washington Sq Tavern and The Publick House are very good and the latter serves up a large selection of Belgian and belgian-style beers.
The "30-something" part is going to be a problem in the bars in Allston. The restaurants are excellent, but almost without exception, Allston bars are filled with obnoxious students screaming at the tops of their lungs for no apparent reason. If you WANT to feel horribly old, go right ahead. Otherwise, I also recommend Central Square and Inman Square, which is where the grownups are.