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One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:22 am

Ahoy, shipmates

Next Tuesday evening will find me in Boston for the first time. I'll be arriving on NW37 from AMS around 4PM, and since I won't be leaving for home until six the next morning, I'm planning on making the most of my time in Beantown (provided that I'm not too tired after departing from HEL at six that morning and spending several hours in Amsterdam during my layover).

The Sox are on the road, so my initial plan has been foiled. Let there be suggestions.
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:29 am

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:29 am

Go to Newbury Street. You'll have plenty of fun in one night on that street. Great restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping.

Unless you are into the historical stuff....then there's plenty of that as well. Didn't interest me that much when I lived there. Though I did go and see it.

If you are into good Italian food, go to the North End.

There are also a bunch of clubs on Landsdown Street. Not sure your age, but they are popular with the college crowds.

You could also visit Harvard or Boston College. Boston University is just across the river from Harvard and MIT. I went there, but Commonwealth Ave. really isn't that great. BU just looks like another city street with concrete buildings and dorm towers.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:34 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Get ahold of this joker . . .  biggrin 

Lol... ditto! You could watch departures at Castle Island, unless of course this coincides with his wedding or honeymoon or... anything, really.  Wink
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:43 am

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:47 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):



Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):

Bugger you lot.  Wink

What with my contract year ending and wedding approaching, I may not be free next Tuesday, but since you are a rocker, I can let you know how to find several clubs in the area. Thing is, Public transportation stuts down at 1:00 AM, so if you need to get to BOS for an early departure, you may need to get out fo the city proper by shortly after midnight.

Send me an IM...
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:00 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 2):
Newbury Street.

Go there or The North End. The North End is full of amazing restaurants!
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:56 am

Grab friends and go to Dick's in Faneuil Hall for dinner....food ain't too bad, live music, loud, lots of booze (necessary) and the waitresses insult you while flinging your meals at you!! (Go with a group, though, more fun that way)
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:15 am

I don't really know what to see there (I should brush up quick, since I'm moving there in August...) but someone has told me great things about this club called "Gypsy Bar". Must be sure to try it out while I'm there.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:15 am

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 7):
Dick's in Faneuil Hall for dinner....food ain't too bad, live music, loud, lots of booze (necessary) and the waitresses insult you while flinging your meals at you!!

Sounds more like Durgin Park; maybe the attitude has worn off. I'll let you know more, 'Guns, in an IM, but Faneuil hall marketplace has a number of good eatin' places. It's located on the Orange line MBTA stop. Google MBTA and check subway...The Salty Dog has an outdoor spot that rocks (ask LHMark). Bring Money!
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:54 am

Thanks to everyone that's replied so far--lots of great-sounding suggestions! It certainly sounds as though food and beer will be involved...

Any suggestions on breakfast spots at BOS? I certainly won't be getting fed much on the plane, and my connection at ATL (where I'm not crazy about the food anyways) is rather tight.
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:07 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 10):
Any suggestions on breakfast spots at BOS?

Go here: http://www.massport.com/logan/airli.html

Find your airline and click on the terminal letter. From there you can access a listing of restaurants and shops in each terminal, both pre- and post-security.

Since you are leaving so early, did you mean BOS or Boston itself? A'in't jack open prior to 6 AM at BOS.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:10 am

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 11):
Since you are leaving so early, did you mean BOS or Boston itself? A'in't jack open prior to 6 AM at BOS.

I've never been one of those a.netters who refers to whole cities with their airport codes, I was referring to the airport.

Thanks for the link, I'll give it a look.

*Edit*
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:25 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 4):
Never, ever mention anything about Aqua Teen Hunger Force in public. You never know if a out-of-touch-with-society cop may be listening.

 rotfl 

Now that shit cracked me up!

Plenty of great places to hang out in Boston - and the best thing is that many of them are walking distance from each other.

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 5):
Thing is, Public transportation stuts down at 1:00 AM, so if you need to get to BOS for an early departure, you may need to get out fo the city proper by shortly after midnight.

Or you can cab it. I don't think the cabs charge as much of a fee, if any, for going to BOS, as they do for leaving BOS (where the fee is $6.75 I think, in addition to the metered fare). From downtown, I'd guess it'd be about a $12 metered fare to the airport.

Dunno what exactly you're looking to do in the city, but you can IM me as well for suggestions.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:49 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 2):
Great restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping.

Not to mention bars, bars, bars, and bars.

Did I mention the bars?

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 9):
It's located on the Orange line MBTA stop.

If you're coming from the airport, take the Blue Line (Inbound) to Government Center... that will be the closest stop for you to get to Quincy Market.

Quoting Walter747 (Reply 6):
Go there or The North End. The North End is full of amazing restaurants!

This is a decent local restaurant review site for Boston: http://www.phantomgourmet.com

If you should find yourself craving something other than North End Italian...

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 2):
There are also a bunch of clubs on Landsdown Street. Not sure your age, but they are popular with the college crowds.

If you didn't already know, that's the street behind Fenway Park's Green Monster

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Thread starter):

The Sox are on the road, so my initial plan has been foiled.

It would be tough to get tickets anyway, but anything is possible with  dollarsign   dollarsign   dollarsign 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:00 am

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 14):
This is a decent local restaurant review site for Boston: http://www.phantomgourmet.com

My favorite restaurant is Dolce Vita, it was amazing. The people are really friendly!
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:05 am

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 9):

Sounds more like Durgin Park

MUCH better than Durgin park....more fun, younger crowd....aand they make silly hats for you to wear with messages on them. "Size doesn't matter" or "I'm with stupid"...stuff like that, but nothing overly obscene.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:25 am

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 14):
If you're coming from the airport, take the Blue Line (Inbound) to Government Center... that will be the closest stop for you to get to Quincy Market.

I've always found Haymarket to be closest to Quincy Market. Aquarium (on the blue line) is pretty close too.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:02 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
Quoting Duff44 (Reply 14):
If you're coming from the airport, take the Blue Line (Inbound) to Government Center... that will be the closest stop for you to get to Quincy Market.

I've always found Haymarket to be closest to Quincy Market. Aquarium (on the blue line) is pretty close too.

Pretty much any of these stops are within a 10 minute walk of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market: Aquarium, Bowdoin, Gov't Center, Park St., State St., Downtown Crossing, Haymarket. There's really no point in switching lines for one stop in downtown Boston.

Besides, Boston is beautiful to walk through.

Hey, there's a cool cigar bar right by Quincy Market (if you're into that sort of thing), called Churchill's. It's on the bottom floor of the Millenium Hotel, right by the Haymarket. They have wine and beer as well, and you can go in wearing shorts and sneakers.

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 16):
MUCH better than Durgin park....more fun, younger crowd....aand they make silly hats for you to wear with messages on them. "Size doesn't matter" or "I'm with stupid"...stuff like that, but nothing overly obscene.

Hah, the one time I went there, my girlfriend's hat read "My date looked better on Myspace." I can't remember what mine said....I'm sure she does, though....
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:07 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 18):
Pretty much any of these stops are within a 10 minute walk of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market: Aquarium, Bowdoin, Gov't Center, Park St., State St., Downtown Crossing, Haymarket. There's really no point in switching lines for one stop in downtown Boston.



Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
I've always found Haymarket to be closest to Quincy Market. Aquarium (on the blue line) is pretty close too.

I've always come from Northeastern, and Gov't Center is the first stop near Quincy Market on the Green Line/E coming from NU.
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Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:48 am

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 19):

I've always come from Northeastern, and Gov't Center is the first stop near Quincy Market on the Green Line/E coming from NU.

Yep. I just meant if you're like me - I come in on the Red Line from Porter Square....I just get off at Park St. and walk, instead of taking the Green Line one stop over to Gov't Center.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:59 am

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 7):
Grab friends and go to Dick's in Faneuil Hall for dinner....food ain't too bad, live music, loud, lots of booze (necessary) and the waitresses insult you while flinging your meals at you!! (Go with a group, though, more fun that way)

When I went there, I got a giant penis hat with a baloon tip... the food is nothing to brag about, but it's a fun place. After spending a semester at tufts (thanks, katrina!), I can tell you one thing... don't waste your time with Medford/Sommerville. Nobody there knows how to have fun.
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:17 am

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 21):
don't waste your time with Medford/Sommerville. Nobody there knows how to have fun.

 faint 

Ouch!

At least we can spell Somerville, though.... Wink

Waiting for CastleIsland to see this too....
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:44 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 22):
At least we can spell Somerville, though....

 Big grin

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:55 pm

Umm, go spotting around the area of Logan Airport?  idea  LOL I live a couple hours drive from Boston, but still find myself going to Logan at least for a little while whenever I'm in town! Get good views from Castle Island, Winthrop Beach area and anywhere on the waterfront. All of those are pretty up close to some of the action. Maybe take one of the ferries out into the Harbor that take you right past the runways? Just a suggestion if you're an airline geek and really sick like myself!  biggrin 

Aviation aside, the Boston Museum of Science is cool, but I haven't been in years and don't know what the current exhibits are.

Quincy Market downtown is also worth a stroll through or maybe stop for a bite to eat.

Lansdowne Street is where you'll find a lot of the nightlife, clubs and music venues. There's all kinds of stuff in that area.

Go to the top of the John Handcock building, which is the tallest building in town. You can get a great 360 degree view of the city and beyond on a clear day!

Some of the harbor cruises, whale watching, and deep sea fishing cruises are worth the time as well, but sounds like your time in Boston is limited, so perhaps there's not a lot of time to spare for you do something that may take a whole afternoon?

I think their may be tours of Fenway Park if there are no games going on in town? I might be wrong, but I know they use to offer them a long time ago.

There is a tour of the city that you can do by yourself. There's a red line painted on the sidewalk and street for the entire route that brings you to all kinds of historic sights. You can get a guide pamplet to go a long with you at any of the hotels or tourist places. The walk takes you all over and you can see a lot in a short time.

Oh, and stay the hell out of places like Dorchester and Rockbury!  tombstone 
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:45 pm

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 22):
At least we can spell Somerville, though....

It's so boring, I obviously never felt the need to write the name out until now... I must say, though- Somerville is marginally more interesting than Needham.
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:16 pm

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 16):
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 9):

Sounds more like Durgin Park

MUCH better than Durgin park....more fun, younger crowd....aand they make silly hats for you to wear with messages on them. "Size doesn't matter" or "I'm with stupid"...stuff like that, but nothing overly obscene.

That's Dicks Last Resort, it's on the Hunnington Ave. side of the Prudential Center near the California Pizza.

http://www.dickslastresort.com/

Even with the Sox out of town you could still take a tour of Fenway. They take you to places you would not get to go if you only went to a game. My wife has a nice photo of her sitting in the Sox dugout.

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp

Hope you have fun!

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:32 pm

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 21):
I can tell you one thing... don't waste your time with Medford/Sommerville. Nobody there knows how to have fun.

 gnasher I've lived in Somerville for the last eight years and I love it. Tons of bars and restaurants. gnasher 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:40 pm

Quoting KBOS (Reply 26):
That's Dicks Last Resort, it's on the Hunnington Ave. side of the Prudential Center near the California Pizza

The one I went to was in Quincy Market.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:55 pm

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 24):
I think their may be tours of Fenway Park if there are no games going on in town? I might be wrong, but I know they use to offer them a long time ago.

Tours leave hourly, starting at 9 AM, from the Souvenir shop on Yawkey way (first base line). On game day, the last tour ends 3.5 hours before game time and is abbreviated.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:07 am

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 28):
The one I went to was in Quincy Market.

http://www.joedigi.com/goingout/clublist/dicks_last_resort.htm


Dang!

I didn't know they moved!



When I worked in Copley Sq. that's where we had all our "work" parties when somebody left, got promoted, married..ect.
I only get to Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market when I have visitors that want to go there. I know the Hard Rock recently moved to that neck of the woods as well...
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:41 am

Again, thanks to everyone for the great suggestions...sounds like there's no shortage of things to do in Boston on a Tuesday night! I'll look into all of these and figure out my plans (and since it seems that I'll want to make the most of my time, I'll be making sure I get some sleep on the flight from AMS!)

Since I'll surely be stopping for a bite to eat and a pint or five, what local brews would those of you in the know recommend I sample?
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:58 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 31):
Since I'll surely be stopping for a bite to eat and a pint or five, what local brews would those of you in the know recommend I sample?

From BOS, take the Silver Line SL1 to South Station and hop the Red Line toward Alewife. Get off at the fourth stop for Kendall Square. Ask for directions to One Kendall Square - it's at the intersection of Broadway and Hampshire Street ( http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid...&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image ). If you pan the map so you can see a bit further south, you'll see the Kendall Square T stop. The Cambridge Brewing Company brews their own, and also has great burgers.

After that, hop back on the Red Line, again toward Alewife, and get off at the second stop for Harvard Square. Go up to street level and do a 180 degree turn and then go right on Dunster St. The John Harvard Brew House is down on your right. They also brew their own, and also have great food. More on music later.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 18):
Pretty much any of these stops are within a 10 minute walk of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market: Aquarium, Bowdoin, Gov't Center, Park St., State St., Downtown Crossing, Haymarket. There's really no point in switching lines for one stop in downtown Boston.

 checkmark  3 of the 4 T lines have stops that drop you within close proximity of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall. The nearest Red Line stops are Park Street (also a Green Line stop) and Downtown Crossing (also an Orange line stop). I would rule out the Blue Line's Bowdoin stop as an option because that station isn't always open (back in the early 80s, it was slated to be permanently closed). Besides the Aquarium & Gov't Center stations are closer.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 24):
Dorchester and Rockbury!

That's ROXBURY! And yes, you're right about those 2 areas being places to avoid... especially along Blue Hill Ave.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 24):
Umm, go spotting around the area of Logan Airport? LOL I live a couple hours drive from Boston, but still find myself going to Logan at least for a little while whenever I'm in town! Get good views from Castle Island, Winthrop Beach area and anywhere on the waterfront. All of those are pretty up close to some of the action. Maybe take one of the ferries out into the Harbor that take you right past the runways? Just a suggestion if you're an airline geek and really sick like myself!

Most hassle-free spotting locations aren't exactly near any T-stops. IIRC, Staties do chase/shoo spotters on BOS' grounds.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 24):
There's a red line painted on the sidewalk and street for the entire route that brings you to all kinds of historic sights.

That would be the Freedom Trail.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 24):
Go to the top of the John Handcock building, which is the tallest building in town. You can get a great 360 degree view of the city and beyond on a clear day!

The observatory on the John Hancock building has been sadly closed 9/11/01. The best one can do is the Skywalk at the nearby 52-story Prudential Building. BTW the Pru. has the full 360 view whereas the 60th floor of the Hancock building had a portion that was blocked off (which is noticable from the outside - facing the Pru); see below-photo.



Note: at the 52nd floor of the Pru (the Skywalk Observatory's on the 50th Floor) is the Top of the Hub restaurant. Personally, I haven't been there (not sure what the prices area) but it's probably similar to the now-gone Windows of the World restaurant in NYC.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:39 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
Note: at the 52nd floor of the Pru (the Skywalk Observatory's on the 50th Floor) is the Top of the Hub restaurant. Personally, I haven't been there (not sure what the prices area) but it's probably similar to the now-gone Windows of the World restaurant in NYC.

I had dinner there on my birthday last year (Sept. 11...) and the food was fabulous!!! It's pricey, but worth it. My daughter had arranged that our table was facing Logan, so that was an added bonus.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:45 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
Note: at the 52nd floor of the Pru (the Skywalk Observatory's on the 50th Floor) is the Top of the Hub restaurant. Personally, I haven't been there (not sure what the prices area) but it's probably similar to the now-gone Windows of the World restaurant in NYC.

Note that the Skywalk costs $11, according to their website. My solution was to go up to the lounge at the Top of the Hub and buy a drink instead. Save about $4 or so. Yeah, I'm cheap  Smile

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 25):
It's so boring, I obviously never felt the need to write the name out until now... I must say, though- Somerville is marginally more interesting than Needham.

Though the 2nd part of your statement is correct (Needham's out beyond 128, what do you expect?), I don't really know how you can say Somerville is boring, unless you just never tried anything it has to offer. After all, there are quite a few 20-somethings who live here (myself included), who can't quite afford much of Cambridge or downtown.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
(not sure what the prices area)

Definitely on the expensive end. Hence why I haven't ever eaten there.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
3 of the 4 T lines have stops that drop you within close proximity of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall.

I assume you're not counting the Red Line - Park Street is about a 10 minute walk away.

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
That would be the Freedom Trail.

 checkmark  Quite a neat walk to do. You can go on the USS Constitution, go inside Old North Church, Paul Revere's House, a few old burial grounds, and more.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:10 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 35):
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
3 of the 4 T lines have stops that drop you within close proximity of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall.

I assume you're not counting the Red Line - Park Street is about a 10 minute walk away.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:13 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 13):
From downtown, I'd guess it'd be about a $12 metered fare to the airport.

Depends on where in the airport. From my old apartment near the Boston Harbor Hotel it was about $14 to Terminal A, about another $1.50 to get to Terminal E. Though I imagine it's a bit cheaper now that there are no more detours since all the highways are now connected.

Quoting KBOS (Reply 26):
That's Dicks Last Resort, it's on the Hunnington Ave. side of the Prudential Center near the California Pizza.

They've moved. I didn't know either until I was walking through Faneuil Hall and I saw people where the paper hats that they give you at Dick's. I thought to myself "That's strange that they'd wear those hats this far away from the Pru".

There's not much else I can add to this. Boston is a great city to get a drink in, lots of historical things as well though by the time you get out of the terminal and checked into your hotel room you probably won't have time for much of the spotting ideas. However, if you're staying at the Hilton Logan Airport, you can go to the 7th level of the Central parking garage (the one connected to the hotel) and do some spotting there.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:35 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 33):
Most hassle-free spotting locations aren't exactly near any T-stops. IIRC, Staties do chase/shoo spotters on BOS' grounds.

Yeah, I'm well aware of this! I miss the days not all too long ago when you could hang out on top of the Terminal B parking garage all day if you wanted to, and be within a couple hundred yards of the action without ever being hassled! I use to meet other spotters up there almost everytime I went. That's the only place in the USA I've ever been where you could easily meet other enthusiast. Now I go over to Winthrop beach or Revere when I want to hang out. Sometime Castle Island as well.... Anybody remember way back about 15 or 20 years ago when the control tower at Logan had an observation deck?
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:34 am

The Hyatt Cambridge has a "decent" rotating restaurant on top of it if you like that sort of stuff. Good views of the river and the Boston skyline.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:28 pm

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 38):
Anybody remember way back about 15 or 20 years ago when the control tower at Logan had an observation deck?

I was inside that tower (16th floor) several times back in the 70s and very early 80s. It was definitely a site to see. BTW, the tower closed (to the public) in 1991.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 38):
Now I go over to Winthrop beach or Revere when I want to hang out.

The spot I used to go (w/my parents since I was a kid at the time) was Saratoga Street (Route 145) at the East Boston/Winthrop line. Over there, one can get up close & personal with the 22L arrivals.
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:23 am

An interesting question, what to do in Boston with just twelve hours. If you are lucky enough to arrive at Logan on time and get through customs, etc. in a reasonable time frame that places you at about 5:15. I will assume for the sake of simplicity you are staying at the airport Hyatt or Hilton. If that's the case, I would get a cab into the city, perhaps Park and Tremont or Arlington and Boylston. There are really two areas of Boston worth going to at night(three if clubs are really your thing, Downtown(Financial District, DTX, North End, Fan'l Hall area), Back Bay(Prudential, Copley Plaza, northern South End) and Fenway(Landowne St., Kenmore Square).

I would say not to waste your time with the cultural and historic stuff as it's going to be getting late and most importantly, the bars in Boston do actually close, so unless reading plaques is your thing, pull the chain on the Freedom Trail, etc. A walk from the Statehouse, through the Common and Public Garden is a sufficient experience of Boston's history and such if you really wish to.

For food, you could get anything you want really from cheap hamburgers to lobster. If you're into seafood, the two places I would try are Skipjack's(similar to Legal but better and cheaper) at 500 Boylston and B & G Oysters at Tremont and Waltham St. which has of course a fantastic oyster menu as well as great lobster. I know B & G has a very good bar though Skipjack's is rather generic, at least by Boston standards. A few other really great places I would recommend are Stephanie's on Newbury(Comfort Food), Capital Grill(Steakhouse), Grill 23(Steakhouse), Abe & Louie's(Steakhouse), no this isn't Kansas City, No. 9 Park(French-Italian), Teatro(Italian) and Bonfire(Steakhouse).

As for bars, it depends upon what you're into obviously. If beer and rowdiness are your things, I'm not your man, these places are abundant but I prefer not to indulge in beer, it does bad things to me I've been told. A few places that are relatively relaxed and are capable of presenting a quality cocktail are Vox Populi, Via Matta, Excelsior, Top of the Hub, Whiskey Park, The Bar, Bristol Lounge, RumBa, City Bar, Eastern Standard and The Foundation Lounge. There are a lot more, I'm drawing a huge blank and will update later if they come to me. If you have any other questions, let me know, I live in the middle of downtown and drink and party here practically every night.
 
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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:39 am

Just out of curiosity, what is that restaurant (I know they have them all over Boston) but it is a seafood restaurant and I believe it's in the mall at Copley Square? It's been since 2002 since I was in Boston, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of the restaurant.

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RE: One Night In Boston! What To Do?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:18 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 42):
Just out of curiosity, what is that restaurant (I know they have them all over Boston) but it is a seafood restaurant and I believe it's in the mall at Copley Square?

Sounds like Legal Seafood. The first restaurant opened in Inman Square (my 'hood) in 1950. Now there are several in the area and they have also spread around the country a bit. Their clam chowder has been served at every Presidential inauguration since 1981.
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