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Boston’s Badass Nightlife Bloggers

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Here To Prove That Beantown Is Not Just About Bars

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Aug 17, 2012 —  We know you probably thought that Boston’s nightlife consisted only of sports bars and meat-markets – but no one likes a pre-conceived notion based solely on stereotypes. We’re here to tell you that beyond the Sox, Celtics, and Pats, there’s a flourishing scene where bartenders are crafting new cocktails and world-class chefs are employing gastronomical gadgetry.

And where do you find this oasis of mixological magic? You ask the likes of nightlife writers whose job it is to uncover these hidden gems on a nightly basis. So after we were done plowing through our Fenway Franks and bar-crawling Lansdowne Street, we went out and found two incredible writers who were able to get us to remove our Sox hats, put on some fancier duds, and discover the cooler side of Boston’s social scene.

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    Kimberly Belle – Boston

    Kimberly is a freelance writer and the co-owner/executive chef of The Dinner Belle. She also writes her own food and lifestyle blog which can be found at www.kimberlybelle.com. She flips back and forth between New York and Boston drinking and eating late into the night at the newest and hottest spots in both cities. Her favorite venues are: Smith & Mills (NY), Terroir (NY), Saloon (Boston), and Back Bar (Boston).  

    In Kimberly’s Words:

    “Restaurants clear out after 10pm, and that’s when the regulars in the restaurant industry start pouring in. It’s then that even – and especially – the best restaurants in town start heating up. Chefs experiment with new dishes to share among friends, bartenders get a heavy hand, waiters relax into a more casual vibe, and if you’re lucky, you might be invited to a lock-in. By 4am most dinner spots call it quits, but on occasion, managers have been known to turn on the lights, lock the doors, and play host to an inside crew of foodies, locals, staff, and when the fates are in my favor, writers.”

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    Emma Snider – Boston

    An active writer on the Boston nightlife scene, Emma Snider loves finding the newest, strangest, and/or wildest spots in Beantown. Her writing can be found on Party Earth where she writes about everything from the dingiest Boston dives to the glitziest of high-end clubs. Her favorite venues are: Brendan Behan’s Pub, Drink, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Deep Ellum, and Tasty Burger.

    In Emma’s Words:

    “I wasn’t able to get in contact with anyone at 28 Degrees to set up a time to meet for an interview. Finally, I decided to go in on a winter Sunday night, figuring business would be slow. The bar is on a sleepy residential street in the South End, so as I was approaching I was envisioning maybe a few regulars at the bar, the manager twiddling his thumbs – it would be no problem to ask someone a few questions. I opened the door and found myself in the middle of a drag show! The drag queen, decked out in a Santa outfit and belting Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, actually snagged me with her boa and danced with me. What can you do in a situation like that except go with it?”

Kimberly Belle – Boston

Kimberly is a freelance writer and the co-owner/executive chef of The Dinner Belle. She also writes her own food and lifestyle blog which can be found at www.kimberlybelle.com. She flips back and forth between New York and Boston drinking and eating late into the night at the newest and hottest spots in both cities. Her favorite venues are: Smith & Mills (NY), Terroir (NY), Saloon (Boston), and Back Bar (Boston).  

In Kimberly’s Words:

“Restaurants clear out after 10pm, and that’s when the regulars in the restaurant industry start pouring in. It’s then that even – and especially – the best restaurants in town start heating up. Chefs experiment with new dishes to share among friends, bartenders get a heavy hand, waiters relax into a more casual vibe, and if you’re lucky, you might be invited to a lock-in. By 4am most dinner spots call it quits, but on occasion, managers have been known to turn on the lights, lock the doors, and play host to an inside crew of foodies, locals, staff, and when the fates are in my favor, writers.”

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Anonymous Aug 27, 2012
Right time, right place! Lock-ins just happen, and you have to be lucky enough to find yourself at the bar when they do. It doesn't hurt to befriend the bartender ;)
Sam A. Aug 17, 2012
How do you get invited to a lock-in? Sounds like an amazing time.
Anonymous Aug 17, 2012
Honestly? Both of these women make Boston sound way cooler than I previously thought. Put away the sweatpants and put on the heels - sounds like Boston can get down and hold it's own in the nightlife arena. Good. To. Know.
Paul F. Aug 17, 2012
Boston does have some great hidden hotspots. You just have to know where to look.
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