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Any recs. for cocktails/bar menus near Harborwalk?

carbondiamond Apr 14, 2011 02:47 PM

My husband and I like getting out for walks but he usually doesn't like to explore cities (too many people, he says). The exception is when I lure him out with promises of a drink on the way. I like a nice bar menu, as well. If there is a good view of the water, he will go without any complaints and everyone is happy! ;) Any suggestions?

  1. Beachowolfe Apr 14, 2011 03:01 PM

    it's a very long walk... any particular area you are considering?

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    1. re: Beachowolfe
      carbondiamond Apr 14, 2011 03:10 PM

      We are hoping to explore all of it this year. We know the area around Quincy-Dorchester pretty well now but I keep wanting to explore more. We walk 3-7 miles at a time, usually, so we can break up different areas up into chunks.

    2. MC Slim JB Apr 14, 2011 04:21 PM

      The South Bay end of the Harborwalk passes quite close to the Franklin Southie, very good food and drinks.

      The Fort Point stretch gets you within a couple of blocks of Drink, arguably the single best craft cocktail bar in the city, and though the canape-like menu there isn't very interesting, you could pop upstairs to Sportello for upscale Italian, or across the street to Lucky's for rather good bar food.

      On the waterfront stretch of the Fort Point walk, there's a cluster of places: a giant Legal, Strega Waterfront, Temazcal, Sam's, Whiskey Priest, Atlantic Beer Garden, Anthony's, No Name, Salvatore's, LTK, and Daily Catch. I don't love the food at any of them (though I haven't tried Temazcal yet; it just opened.)

      The South Boston portion goes right by Local 149, which is brand-new but which I had a decent early experience at, a gastro-pubby kind of place with decent cocktails and a good beer selection.

      There are a number of okay, fancy-ish hotel bars on the Waterfront/North End stretch; my favorite is probably the Rowes Wharf bar. A good, casual neighborhood alternative would be the Waterfront Cafe; the cocktails are nothing to sing about, it's more of a beer and cheap wine kind of place, but it's got decent Italian-American and bar food.


      Franklin Southie
      152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        Beachowolfe Apr 14, 2011 05:00 PM

        Can't go wrong stopping for a beer at whiskey priest, ABG, or Remy's all of which are literally on the water. Waterfront has great pizza but no view (better than Regina's IMO)

        There's also the Sel de le Terre for food and The Landing for drinks by the aquarium.

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          barleywino May 1, 2011 02:58 PM

          I enjoyed the moules frites and wings at Sam's (between the courthouse and the ICA) and the views from the deck were relaxing

        2. C. Hamster Apr 14, 2011 05:58 PM

          OT, I know but is the Harborwalk continuous now?

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          1. re: C. Hamster
            carbondiamond Apr 14, 2011 06:56 PM

            Not continuous but there are some very long stretches that are finished. Plus, we often just take surface streets to get to the next finished section.

            1. re: carbondiamond
              C. Hamster Apr 14, 2011 07:25 PM


              Does it start in Milton?

              1. re: C. Hamster
                carbondiamond Apr 15, 2011 05:52 AM

                Visit the Harborwalk website for some really great info-I am terrible at giving directions!


                1. re: carbondiamond
                  Dea Apr 15, 2011 08:02 AM

                  Thanks so much for posting that link! Between that and the recommendations here I see a very fun Harborwalk bar crawl in my future this summer!

                  1. re: carbondiamond
                    C. Hamster Apr 15, 2011 08:15 AM

                    Thanks. I live 2 blocks away from it but didnt think it was done yet.

                    At the Milton End, there is a place that is a nice cocktail spot (dont know about food) called 88 Wharf by the chocolate factory.

                    1. re: C. Hamster
                      carbondiamond Apr 15, 2011 12:22 PM

                      Maybe some of us can get together some balmy day-we can enjoy a nice drink and then walk ourselves sober.

            2. Food4Thought Apr 15, 2011 04:08 PM

              And of course ther's Sullivans if you are planning on doing the South Boston-Castle Island / Pleasure Bay section.

              1. rlh Apr 16, 2011 09:20 AM

                If you're downtown and anywhere close to the Fort Point section, it would be tragic not to stop into Drink a couple of blocks away - some of the finest cocktails to be found - anywhere - though crowded at peak times

                348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                  carbondiamond May 1, 2011 12:08 PM

                  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this post-we made it to Local 149 today after a short walk around the South End section of Harborwalk. The wind blew us into the restaurant and settled us happily at the bar. Service was friendly if a little chaotic (new staff) but rather prompt for a Sunday lunchtime. He had the breakfast tacos, I had bagel and boursin with a side of bacon. Food was nicely done. Drinks were fun-good marks for using the proper copper mug for the moscow mule. He had a hummingbird, which he enjoyed. Music was typical hipster mix played a little too loud, which was the only downside. Walked outside and was sober within minutes from the stiff breeze. All in all, a good way to spend a few hours and highly recommended for all. Looking forward to going to all the other places people suggested-thanks all!

                  Local 149
                  149 P St, Boston, MA 02127

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                    carbondiamond Oct 5, 2011 01:18 PM

                    Just came back from doing the Ft Point Channel section of Harborwalk-wow! Easy to find parking, lots of great choices for lunch and pleasant views. Did an appetizer with the husband at Legal Seafood (nice asian style mussels for me, calamari for him) then next door for Temezcal for a drink. We couldn't remember where Flour was but the very nice staff at the InterContinental gave us directions. Flour was a bit of a zoo, staff everywhere but no real order to the place. They gave us the wrong slice of cake but it was too crazy to try and get it corrected. The lime cornmeal cookie was good. All in all, Fort Point Channel is a nice area to take a good, long walk in between courses of a meal!

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