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Burgers, Beer and Atmosphere

I hope you'll bear with me for this question - I'm local, but don't really know downtown restaurants other than in Chinatown. A friend is coming in from out of town, and wants to go out on Friday evening at about 7pm. He's staying at a hotel on the Commons. I'm looking for a place within walking distance that has great burgers and beer (I originally wanted Chinatown, but his reaction told me that he's looking for something pub-ier.) I think most important is that the place is relaxed, where we can sit and talk and have some beers, where we won't feel pushed out by a crush of people waiting for tables.

I searched "burgers" and read here about BBSC, Sel de la Terre, Towne, and Cafeteria, but they all seemed not quite right. I looked at Pour House, but its website frightened me.

We could wing it and just try the nearest low-key place we stumble upon, but I'd rather have a destination where I know we'll have some good food and beverages.

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Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

Pour House
907 Boylston St Ste 21, Boston, MA 02115

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  1. it'd be a bit further of a walk than the pour house, but check out a spot called the corner tavern, on mass ave. relaxed atmosphere, decent food, definitely a place you can sit and quaff some brews

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    1. re: jgg13

      Perhaps the Rattlesnake on Boylston Street might meet your requirements although I have never had the burger. You may also want to look into the Parish Cafe across the street. They have excellent gourmet sandwiches and good beer.

      1. re: jgg13

        Thanks jgg - we ended up at Corner Tavern, largely based on atmosphere. And it was great - we were there for about four hours, and it was exactly what we were looking for. The bonus was that on the first Friday of every month, they serve a special which is chicken in-between bacon infused waffles and covered with spicy real maple syrup. My friend ordered it simply because, as he said, he had to so that he could go back to Indiana and tell friends. But the syrup was actually really interesting, good, and he enjoyed it. I had the chicken pesto sandwich, which was exactly right after a long day at a conference, with a big bonus being that the roll it was on was excellent. Accompanied by an Allaghash white for me (I'm not typically a wheat beer gal, but it was light and good), the friend started with a Harpoon IPA, I followed it with a Flying Dog lager and he stuck with his Harpoon, and then we followed them with a few others that, by that time, I had stopped keeping track.

        Great night catchiing up with an old friend - thanks!

        Now I have to get to Kingston Station and Silvertone and Marliave, as the others suggested!

        1. re: Cachetes

          Glad you liked it! And now I know to go there the first friday of next month :)

          1. re: jgg13

            You have to get there early for the chicken and waffles. They only make a limited amount and they are gone pretty quickly.

      2. For a slightly more upscale option, Marliave does a pretty good pub-style burger, has a solid beer list. and it's a nice room.

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        Marliave
        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        1. You should not be scared of the Pour House. Its great. But rather divey.

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          Pour House
          907 Boylston St Ste 21, Boston, MA 02115

          1. I really liked Stoddard's burger. It has a nice atmosphere, and a great beer selection. Thier deviled eggs are excellent, too.

            1. Silvertone is also a good, affordable option with homey food.

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              Silvertone
              69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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              1. re: MariaVII

                Second Silvertone. Great burger, fun atmosphere, and close to the common. Only downside is you might have a bit of a wait on a Fri night at 7. You can hang out at the bar and wait though, if you are ok with that. Otherwise you might want to get there closer to 6.

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                Silvertone
                69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

              2. I vote for Kingston Station or Good Life. Both have good but laid back vibes, good food and good beer, and both are easily walkable from the Commons.

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                Good Life
                28 Kingston, Boston, MA 02111

                Kingston Station
                25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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                1. re: Blumie

                  Kingston Station is great, and I love their fries with gruyere melted on them.

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                  Kingston Station
                  25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

                2. I'm blanking on the name, but there is a pub type restaurant across from the Cutler Majestic Theater on Tremont St. that might fit your needs. Very casual but can get crushed before and after performances in the theater district.

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                  Tremont Cafe
                  418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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                  1. re: mtm7654

                    Intermission Tavern?

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                    Intermission Tavern
                    228 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. re: mtm7654

                      That's the Intermission Tavern, which, while not great, is reliably solid.

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                      Intermission Tavern
                      228 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

                    2. 75 Chestnut in the flats of Beacon Hill makes a great burger and the atmosphere is really nice. It's a bit off the beaten path, too, so it's not always packed like some other places around there.

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                      75 Chestnut
                      75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

                      1. Don't know if it has the right vibe but the Bristol Lounge has a great burger. Right by the Commons too.

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                        Bristol Lounge
                        200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                        1. I would consider Coda. It sits in the old Tims Tavern spot and has the "Tim Burger" available off menu. It's a tribute to Tims burger, not the burger I remember. I like the space and they have an interesting beer menu.

                          1. Thanks all - a number of these look great (and a couple look like places I'll end up at in the future, if not this weekend!). I'll check back in after and let you know where we ended up!

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                            1. re: Cachetes

                              there was a great review of radius's burger though i did not try it.