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Visit to Boston near Charles Street

magfitz May 5, 2010 08:17 PM

Not sure what the area is called, but I spent some time in Boston a couple of years ago and headed down (up?) Charles street and really liked the area. Am trying to plan a weekend in Boston in July and would love to try to see if I could plan a weekend based on staying in that general area. Looking for ideas for food/drinks suggestions for three women. All open to anything in terms of drinks (cocktails, wine, beer) and food (any ethnicity, price range, style).

one thing i love to do, in NYC, is stop by a lot of places. Have a drink here, a dish there, move on to the next place. stopping in a bunch of places and get the best of what they have to offer. lots of eating and a high tolerance throughout the day.

oh, might see if we can catch a day game, so i know that takes us to a different area, so anything that will take us there on Saturday would be lovely.

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    Pegmeister RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 05:20 AM

    Check out Beacon Hill Bistro you could start with brunch there, do the shops on Charles, have an appetizer at 75 Chestnut, drinks at Toscannos and with a short walk end up at Scampo for a lobster pizza, or dinner at Lala Rokh for something a little different.

    Beacon Hill Bistro
    25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

    75 Chestnut
    75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

    215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

    Lala Rokh
    97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: Pegmeister
      bear RE: Pegmeister May 6, 2010 05:33 AM

      And it isn't too far to walk to Teatro and have drinks and snacks at the bar.

      177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

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      Fly RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 05:42 AM

      If it helps your planning, that area is called Beacon Hill.

      1. fmcoxe6188 RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 06:09 AM

        A great spot on Charles to just have a small plate and a great glass of wine is Bin 26 Enoteca- I prefer their small plates (especially their carpaccio) over most of their main dishes. Also- they have a beautiful Parmesan cheese that they serve with an aged Balsamic that is heaven :-)

        For more of a lunch appeal- Panificio further towards MGH on Charles serves some of the best tomato soup in the city (in my opinion) and some tasty sandwiches as well.

        Beacon Hill is a beautiful area- enjoy your stay!

        Bin 26 Enoteca
        26 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

        144 Charles St, Boston, MA

        1. BostonZest RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 06:10 AM

          I'll recommend Bin 26 Enoteca at 26 Charles street as one of your wine and a bite stops . Lots of wine by the glass choice and a wide menu of small plates.


          Bin 26 Enoteca
          26 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

          1. Joanie RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 10:23 AM

            You could also get drinks at No. 9 Park just up Beacon St. Paramount for breakfast. Harvard Gardens on the backside (Cambridge St) for a little more pub like atmosphere.

            Harvard Gardens
            320 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

            1. hotoynoodle RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 10:42 AM

              pierrot bistro is also right there, offering solid french bistro dishes.

              1. Niblet RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 10:50 AM

                I'd hit some of these places, head up Charles St at corner nearest Boston Common:

                Beacon Hill Bistro: great for brunch, nice little bar if you can snag seats
                Bin 26: wine bar & nice snacks
                75 Chestnut (take a left down Chestnut St): pub fare
                Paramount: as mentioned above, popular for brkfst. After dark is different, intimate vibe for dins but no bar.
                Cafe Vanille: coffee shop (get their 'bistro' coffee') no alcohol, decent pastry
                Lala Rokh (up Mt. Vernon St half-block): Persian. Stick to cold & hot apps is my advice
                Artu (downstairs on Charles St): lamb sandwich & wine
                Harvard Gardens: around the corner onto Cambridge St, as Joanie said
                The Hill, further up on Cambridge St: outdoor dining, chicken sandwich on rosemary foccacia

                Agree with No. 9 Park rec also, at top the hill near the gold-domed State House.

                Beacon Hill Bistro
                25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

                Lala Rokh
                97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

                Harvard Gardens
                320 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

                75 Chestnut
                75 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108

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                1. re: Niblet
                  hotoynoodle RE: Niblet May 6, 2010 11:25 AM

                  depending upon which end of charles st. you begin your stroll, you can hit the bristol lounge at the 4 seasons too.

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                    Niblet RE: hotoynoodle May 6, 2010 11:39 AM

                    Yes, although not technically Beacon Hill, I totally agree. Heading in the opposite direction on Charles St (Charles St South) between Boston Common and Public Gardens, take a right and Four Seasons is near the corner, on Boylston St. And continuing on Boylston, definitely go to Bistro du Midi.

                    Four Seasons Restaurant
                    249 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604

                    Bistro du Midi
                    272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                  TroyOLeary RE: magfitz May 6, 2010 11:51 AM

                  The suggestions above are all fantastic (No 9 Park is a favorite), but I want to build off of one that was mentioned in passing -- the Liberty Hotel.

                  At the end of Charles St., they've turned what used to be the city jail into one of the nicest luxury hotels in the city. Live music at nights, and an "NYC"-type crowd. In terms of eating/drinking:

                  Scampo - Really fantastic and a bit pricey. You can control the price by getting smaller plates or the pasta.

                  Clink & Alibi - (get the puns?) These bars, both within the hotel, often offer poor service and long lines, but the bar scene here is among the "hippest" in the city (this is where the Celtics go after games).

                  Also, make sure to just walk around Beacon Hill itself. There's nothing to eat or drink in the residential section, but it's some of the most stereotypically beautiful Boston streetscapes around.

                  215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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                  1. re: TroyOLeary
                    magfitz RE: TroyOLeary May 28, 2010 11:32 AM

                    I did want to come back and say thank you to all who made suggestions. Our trip isn't planned until mid July but I now have a great plan to work off of. And my friends are thrilled that we've started the game plan so we can hit the ground running.

                    Will advise after our trip.

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                      snowcone RE: magfitz May 30, 2010 04:55 AM

                      In terms of the Red Sox, that area is called Fenway. If you do get tickets to a day game, check out Eastern Standard right near Fenway. A great bistro.
                      If the Sox are not in town, you can always do a tour of Fenway Park, and have a light lunch and drinks at the Bleacher Bar with a view right into the field. Then go to Game On, with tons of TV's to catch the sports action wherever it may be, and high end pub food, such as flatbread pizzas and burgers. Then end up at Eastern Standard for their signature drinks. They are known in this area for their great bartenders. Also a nice desert menu. Have fun!

                      Eastern Standard
                      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                      Fenway Park
                      82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

                      Game On
                      100 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

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