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The Boston Beer Relocation Guide

New to the Boston area? Moving to Boston was probably a doozy, but now that you’re here, it’s time to drink up. We’ve put together a list of the best pubs and bars in each neighborhood to help you get settled in and relieve some of that moving stress.

South Boston

  • The Gallows: Yes, the name refers to the fact that this used to be the site of the city’s gallows. Cool, trendy, bar and eatery that’s great if you’re taking a girl out on a date. Not the kind of place you go with the guys.
  • Delux Café: A laid-back, dirty dive bar with walls plastered in memorabilia, including a whole section dedicated to Elvis. The cheeseburger here is fantastic, and prices are reasonable. Cash only bar, so be sure to come prepared.
  • Franklin Café: Great neighborhood tavern with a cozy atmosphere and live music on Saturday nights. It’s small and can get very crowded, so expect to wait. The cocktail menu is worth it!

Beacon Hill

  • The Tip Tap Room: Amazing food prepped in an open-air kitchen and huge selection of draft beers and wines.
  • Yvonne’s: Incredible, elegant décor with dim lighting, chandeliers, and white table cloths. Though a far cry from my typical bar, this place has a relaxed lounge area with great cocktails and friendly bartenders. If you’re planning on dinner, be sure to make a reservation as this place books up well in advance.
  • Beacon Hill Pub: Dartboard, foosball, and arcade games might give you the idea that you’ve been transported back to your favorite college bar. But the drink specials and fun atmosphere make this dive-bar worth a visit.

North End

  • Durty Nelly’s: If there’s anything I love, it’s a good Irish dive bar, and this place is one of my favorites. Get Guinness and other great beers on tap and enjoy a fun and occasionally rowdy night of fun.
  • Ward 8 Restaurant & Bar: I’m putting this on the list for the hipster types that enjoy “bespoke” cocktails and fancy bar food. Be sure to try the 5-layer dip!
  • Biddy Early’s: Another great dive bar that’s loud, dark, and a bit sticky. Drinks are cheap, eats are delicious, and the staff and patrons are friendly. After a few drinks, the chili-cheese fries are a must.

Jamaica Plain

  • Brendan Behan Pub: Another fine Irish establishment, this fine neighborhood pub is known for its live Celtic music (on Saturdays), great tap selections, and casual atmosphere. Nothing fancy, just a solid place to drink and hang with friends.
  • The Galway House: A bit like the Cheers bar sans all the tourists, this place is a JP gem with a kitchen that dishes up a wide range of fresh fish and other delicious eats at reasonable prices. There’s a fully stocked bar, and sports fans will be happy to find that there are 7 TVs that always have games on.
  • Samuel Adams Brewery: This place is always packed with tourists, but it’s still worth a stop. You can take a tour of this Boston-born craft brewery and then enjoy free beer tastings. And nothing beats free beer.

 

How to Store Alcohol

Tips for Properly Storing Alcohol

Sitting down with a refreshing drink after a long day at the office is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and having alcohol on hand for friend gatherings, dinner parties, or after work is a necessity for many people. While most tend to store beverages in the refrigerator without thinking much about it, the best storage methods for beer, wine, and liquor vary greatly. And to keep your alcohol fresh and ready to drink, here are a few tips for properly storing alcohol.

Keeping Beer

Whether you’re storing canned six packs or a few individual bottles, it’s best to store beer in an upright position. This allows the yeast content in beer to settle on the bottom of the container. And if a beer is stored on its side, a yeast ring can start to form on the bottle and is less likely to mix with the rest of the liquid. Keeping beer in an upright position can also allow the beverage to oxidize slowly, which can preserve its flavor over a longer period of time.

It’s also a good idea to store beer away from strong light sources, as light can quickly spoil the taste of a beer and can lead to a smelly, undrinkable brew. And to keep your beer as fresh as possible, make sure to store your beverages in a refrigerator within a temperature range of 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you love collecting wine, but don’t have space for it, you may want to consider off-site storage at a climate-controlled storage facility.

Storing Liquor

Unlike beer, liquor has a high alcohol content which generally prevents the liquid from spoiling, and can be stored at either room temperature or in a refrigerator. It’s usually a matter of preference when deciding between the two, and whether you like your drinks chilled or lukewarm, it’s safe to drink either way. You can even keep a bottle of liquor open for up to eight months before the chemical makeup of the spirit breaks down and the alcohol begins to evaporate. But as with any alcohol, it’s best to keep liquor out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time, as heat can destroy the composition and cause the alcohol to evaporate more quickly.

If kept in the right conditions liquor and wine will store well for years. Beer, on the other hand, only has a shelf life of 4-6 months if kept at room temperature.

Wine Storage

Storing wine is a slightly more complicated process and should be taken seriously to avoid any damages to the flavor. The best conditions for keeping wine fresh are cool, dark areas, such as basements or cellars. Wine is also the ideal candidate for going into a long term storage unit according to Imperial Storage NYC, which operates several self-storage units in the Manhattan area. Climate-control is key; temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit can age wine too quickly, and anything above 70 degrees can cook your wine and destroy the taste entirely. A storage facility is the ideal storage solution if you live in a small space but own a large wine collection to which you do not need frequent access.

If you’re planning on drinking your wine within a few months, storing it in an upright position in the fridge is perfectly acceptable. However, it’s necessary to place corked wines on their side to wet the cork if you plan on storing a wine collection long-term.

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7 Essential Boston Experiences

So, you’re visiting Boston, and you’re wondering how to best spend your time. Boston is a big city with a rich New England history. From historic landmarks to modern marvels, here are the seven top destinations for tourists looking to live the Boston experience.

#1: The Freedom Trail

This one is a must-see for history buffs. Boston’s three-mile Freedom Trail, marked by a trail of red bricks along the sidewalk, leads its travelers into—and among—some of Boston’s most historic landmarks. You can start your journey by picking up a brochure at the visitor center in the Boston Commons.

#2: Beacon Hill

This historic neighborhood is known for its gaslight streets, terraced rowhouses, and beautiful brick sidewalks. Historically, Beacon Hill has been home to some of Boston’s wealthiest families. At the top of the hill, you’ll find the Massachusetts State House, another great historic destination free for visitors to access.

#3: Faneuil Hall

Fondly referred to by locals as the “Cradle of Liberty,” Faneuil Hall has been Boston’s central market and meeting hall since 1743. Faneuil Hall was the site of many important events in early American history, including famous speeches by Samuel Adams promoting American independence from British colonial rule. Today, it ranks among America’s top 5 most popular tourism destinations.

#4: Copley Square

Copley Square is a dream destination for anyone fond of architectural attractions. The square, located conveniently within the Back Bay area, is home to a contrasting collection of both historic and ultra-modern buildings. The focal point of the square is Trinity Church, one of America’s most famous red sandstone buildings, featuring frescoes and paintings by many world-renowned artists.

#5: Fenway Park

If you’re a baseball fan, you already know about Fenway Park. Often referred to as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” Fenway is the home of the legendary Boston Red Sox, and has been of central importance to professional baseball since its construction in 1912. Today, the park is used for a variety of sporting events.

#6 Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Boston Museum of Fine arts is the 4th largest museum in the United States. The museum is known for its collections of impressionist paintings and features a special collection of artwork by renowned artists from throughout American history. The museum also houses a world-famous collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

#7 The Boston Museum of Science

Featuring over 700 interactive exhibits, the Boston Museum of Science is the perfect destination for curious children and adults. The museum, which is dedicated to hands-on learning, also hosts a range of live presentations that explore popular topics in science, from electricity and physics to computing and zoology.

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Guide to the Best Bars in Boston

Boston has many different options when it comes to bars, whether you’re looking for a dive bar or something a bit more upscale. Many of the bars in the city also have food and drink specials. If you find yourself visiting the Boston area, or you’re a local looking for a new place to frequent for a drink, check out one of these great Beantown bars.

Publick House Beer Bar and Kitchen

The Publick House is a place that’s welcoming to everyone, both locals and visitors. It’s located in Brookline, just outside the city limits. This bar is for the beer enthusiast as it has many craft beers that are made locally, as well as a huge selection of international beers. Publick House also has excellent food on its lunch and dinner menus with some of the most popular dished including the rabbit sausage sandwich and the white bean chili. This hopping bar also offers a late-night menu and various food and drink specials throughout the week.

Try out some of Boston's best (and oldest) bars, like the popular Publick House in Brookline.
Try out some of Boston’s best (and oldest) bars, like the popular Publick House in Brookline.

The Bleacher Bar

Sports fans will have a great time at this bar located under the bleachers at the famous Fenway Park. The bar is open year-round, not just during games, to provide a fun experience for Red Sox fans even during the off-season. Bleacher Bar offers a basic menu with snacks, burgers, and other bar food. It also has an expansive drink menu with several bottled beers, as well as a selection of seasonal beers on tap. More than anything, the setting of this bar is what makes it the best bar in the city for sports enthusiasts.

Doyle’s Café

This Irish Pub is one of the friendliest places in the city for a drink. Around since 1882, it still retains the classic look of an old world Irish Pub. Doyle’s Cafe boasts the largest draft beer selection in New England, as well as a great selection of specialty drinks. This was the original home of Sam Adams, a local favorite craft beer. If you’re hungry, the burgers and pizza, along with a selection of traditional Irish foods, are tasty and filling.

    Try the locally brewed Samuel Adams beer at Doyle's Cafe, the first pub to serve the craft brew.
Try the locally brewed Samuel Adams beer at Doyle’s Cafe, the first pub to serve the craft brew.

Legal Harborside Rooftop Bar

Located in the Seaport District, Legal Harborside Rooftop Bar is known for serving some of the best seafood in the city along with great views. The bar’s retractable roof provides for the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drink outdoors in the warmer months. The drink menu features nearly 30 types of wine along with a variety of cocktails and beer options. They also offer a sushi menu with fresh seafood and other shareable plates and appetizers.

Drink

This bar, also located in the Seaport District, was established to showcase the art of mixology. The drinks are unique and carefully created to enhance the taste of the fresh ingredients. Drink doesn’t offer a written menu, but works with each individual customer to create a drink suited to their preferences. This unique bar also has an appetizer menu featuring gourmet versions of classics like Irish soda bread, PB&J, and cheese and crackers. They also have an excellent burger.