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Help with putting together a pub crawl

Hi All,

I am going to be in Boston with about 7 co-workers this summer and we all love exploring pubs with atmosphere/character. Needless to say, there are just too many to choose from in Boston so I have been charged with putting together a pub crawl or two. We're staying at the Fairmont and so would like the "crawls" to not be too far away, maybe in Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Faneuil Hall area - wherever you think would be fun and have a nice collection of pubs, outdoor seating, historical meaning or just a fun atmosphere. We're all in our 30's, more males than females.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Help with putting together a pub crawl

You can put together a pub crawl in the Quincy Market/Fanueil Hall areavery easily. There are many pubs in the area only a short walk apart - sometimes even next door to each other. If you like Irish pubs, so much the better. You can include Jose McIntyre's, an Irish-Mexican pub, and Hong Kong.

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YES, you're going to be very busy right in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area alone. You'll have the Black Rose at 160 State St., start there, walk out the door and around the corner to the Purple Shamrock at 1 Union Street. Afterwards, walk up to Jose McIntyre's at 160 Milk Street okay? Leave there and head to Coogan's at 171 Milk Street stroll out the door and buzz down to Canal Street; where you can pick up "last call" at Hurricane O'Reilly's, it's located at 150 Canal Street. BUT if you're lucky you'll be able to hit a few other places before they shut down. It's early, when it's last call in Boston, it was always like that, so remember that one good! A lot of people from other parts of the country can't seem to get used to that! Just start early that's all, you'll feel as if you were out later, like in LA! The beauty of this little pub crawl? You can walk to all of them; which is ideal.

Go to one of these sites:




Click on Pubs & Restaurants and you'll see most of the pubs I mentioned.

Too bad you couldn't hop in a taxi early in the evening during your visit and head to South Boston some night. One pub that you'll really like being in is the "L Street Tavern". It's located at 658A E. 8th Street, where some of the movie "Good Will Hunting" was filmed. It's on the Movie Tour too, so if you happen to get the chance? Try to do this tour during the day, I think it would be a really fun time with your group; especially coming from LA, you'd probably get a kick out of this whole thing!


If you go to this site you'll see some interesting places too:


On this site is the "Playwright Bar" which is located at 658 East Broadway in South Boston. You could go here first if you can and then walk out of there down the street a little ways to the Boston Beer Garden. Both of these bars were named Best Neighborhood Bar in Boston in the last few years and I have to tell you? The cuisine at the Playwright is really really good, so remember that. Here's their sites so you can see what I mean about them:



Enjoy yourselves that's the main thing.

Here's a list of taxis if you do decide to go over to the neighborhood of Southie. This neighborhood is only 1 mile from the Back Bay area of the city and 2 miles from the Financial District:

Boston Licensed Taxi Companies

Boston Cab, (617) 536-5010

City Cab, (617) 536-5100

ITOA, (617) 825-4000

Metro Cab, (617) 782-5500

Town Taxi, (617) 536-5000

One last call...if you guys are REALLY ambitious; try to get over to see the Warren Tavern in Charlestown. It's one of the oldest bars around. You can read about it on their site to see what I mean. The food is good here too. (but I still like the Playwright in Southie myself!)

The Warren Tavern is over 225 years old

It was first erected in 1780 in Charlestown, MA. It was also one of the first buildings raised after Charlestown was sacked by the British. It was visited by national heros such as George Washington who stopped there for refreshments and conversation Paul Revere considered it one of his favorite watering holes. George Washington's funeral speech was given here!

In historic Charlestown

The tavern is located in the cozy streets of Charlestown. It is both a staple for Charlestown residents as well as an exciting location for visitors who want to have a drink and to dine in one of the most historic taverns in the United States.


Have a great time!

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3. Re: Help with putting together a pub crawl

That's great information, thank you both so much! I love Boston and am always looking for places that I haven't been to before.

Much appreciated!

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4. Re: Help with putting together a pub crawl

Here's a great link: www.bostonusa.com/images/admin/logos/Pubs.htm

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5. Re: Help with putting together a pub crawl

On the other side of Faneuil Hall is the Haymarket area - architecturally more intersting then the previous pub crawl layout.

Start at The Bell in Hand, cross the cobblestone street to The Green Dragon, walk down a few doors to The Point or up the other direction to Hennesey's, Marshall House and Purple Shamrock. All are located on one of the oldest surving blocks of buildings in Boston. You also have the option of stopping in The Union Oyster House before making your way through Quincy Market (Salty Dog, Ned Devine's) to The Black Rose and carry on with the crawl outlined by the previous post.

In the Back Bay, you can start at the end of Boylston Street that intersects with Mass Ave and work your way down Boylston. Try Bukowski's, The Cactus Club, Dillon's, Vox Populi, Foggy Goggle, Solas, Lir, The Big Easy, World Cafe and end at the Rattlesnake. If you are looking for more to do after that and still have your legs under you, The Alley with its bars and dance clubs is just a bit further down Boylston. There are plenty of food options on the way also.

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6. Re: Help with putting together a pub crawl

After all of the previous suggestions and if you liver is still intact you could start at the Warren Tavern in Charlestown and also check out Tavern on the Water in the Charlestown Navy Yard and then take a leisurely stroll across the North Washington Street bridge and turn right onto Causeway Street heading towards the Boston Garden where on Canal Street you will find Sullivan's Tap, The Four's, Hurricane O'Riellys, The Boston Sports Grille, Boston Beer Works and the Grand Canal.

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