Aug 1, 2013Best Bar Views in Boston"My Take: Atlantic Beer Garden was the perfect place for me – a Boston University graduate – to visit on a trip back to Beantown. It’s got a beautiful of the city and is easily one of the best hidden gems in Boston. It’s a great place to go on a sunny day, as the rooftop is awesomely scenic. The rest of the bar is great for watching sports games, and the front of the place offers another outdoor area complete with big umbrellas in case it’s too sunny.
The Scene: The clientele is pretty varied at Atlantic Beer Garden. You’ll find a lot of sloppy post grads who got there early to do some heavy day-drinking, but you’ll also find families having a nice dinner. You might even see a couple on a date, too. Overall, the vibe is very laid back and friendly. It can be really busy, however. Sometimes there’s a wait to get up to the rooftop. There’s a lot of space though.
Cocktails & Cuisine: I didn’t eat, but I had some friends who did and the Atlantic Beer Garden menu seemed to be somewhere both expansive and straight-forward. There are a lot of American dishes on the menu – everything from salads to burgers. And since it’s in Boston, it has a nice seafood selection. There is a WIDE selection of beer on tap. Do yourself a favor and try something new.
Prices: While Atlantic Beer Garden prices aren’t cheap by any means, they won’t set you back too much. You can get premium pitchers of beer for a little over $20 and most burgers/sandwiches aren’t too much more than $13. You don’t have to reach too far into your pockets.
Insider Info/When to go: If you want to spend time on the rooftop during the weekend, make sure to get there early and think about going for lunch. We had to wait in line (for the roof top) and we got there around 5pm. Also, make reservations if you want to sit down and eat. Call ahead so that when you get there you can just grab a table. Don’t hesitate to sit out in the front. It doesn’t have the views that the back does, but it’s just as fun after a couple brews.
Jun 18, 2013Pretty Park near Long Wharf "My Take: Christopher Columbus Park is barely not much of a park in my opinion –as it pales in size comparison to the likes of other Boston parks like the Boston Common – but it’s a nice little bit of green around an otherwise cobblestoned area. It serves as the last bit of nature when walking from Faneuil Hall to the end of the Long Wharf.
The Scene: It’s not uncommon to see wedding parties snapping pictures at Christopher Columbus Park on a really nice spring, summer, or fall day. In fact, the small park looks like it could be the set of a movie scene in a wedding flick, as its pretty vines and flowers wrap their way around a gazebo-like tunnel. During the day you’ll see couples of all ages walking through on their way to the Aquarium or Faneuil. By night, you might see some drunken college students or adults who had too much wine on the north end.
Cocktails & Cuisine: Unfortunately, Boston abides by the open container law so this park has no bars. This is unfortunate, however, as the scenic spot would be a perfect place to crack open a cold one, prop down for a couple of hours, and get a rare Boston tan.
Prices: Christopher Columbus Park is free to attend. Can’t say the same about many of the bars in the surrounding area, which can put one back a little bit of cash if he or she isn’t careful.
What to Wear: It’s Boston, so dress accordingly based on the season. Nothing fancy needed here, but if you’re dressed up nice coming from the North End, that’s okay too.
Insider Info/When To Go: Christopher Columbus Park is absolutely beautiful on a sunny, spring day. Bring a book and hang out there for a little bit before heading down to the Long Wharf, where if you’re careful, you’ll notice a set piece from the movie The Departed. If you’re ambitious, you can walk to the end of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel’s nearby deck and sneak a couple drinks on a nice day as well.
May 17, 2013Nice British Pub"My Take: I’ve only been to London once, but I think it’s fair to say The Pikey does a fine job of capturing some of the city’s charm in the heart of Los Angeles. I was there on a Wednesday night, so I can’t really speak to the weekend crowds, but it was a nice, quaint setting for a drinks meeting. The music wasn’t too loud and the British pub theme didn’t try too hard. I did pick up on a little bit of an elitist hipster vibe from what I assumed to be some of the regulars. They seemed a little confused as to why I was there.
The Scene: As mentioned above, The Pikey has its fair share of Hollywood hipsters with skinny jeans, stylish shirts, and those clean-cut black-rimmed glasses. Additionally, there seemed to be a lot of film industry-types meeting for after work drinks, talking about their horrible bosses. It wasn’t too hard to feel at ease in The Pikey, however, especially since my guest and I found a nice booth.
Cocktails & Cuisine: The Pikey features a healthy variety of beers. I don’t mean healthy in the organic sense, just healthy in terms of a large selection. You won’t find Bud Light or Miller Lite here though, so if you’re into American beers, this isn’t the place for you. There’s some really good whiskey here as well. I didn’t eat at The Pikey, but the food selection looked really tasty, with some fancy cheese plates, squid, and oysters all making the menu.
Prices: The Pikey isn’t really a place for a recent graduate student, since beers don’t fall below $7 and mixed drinks can help you rack up a pretty pricy bill as you catch a good buzz. Their burgers are $15, which isn’t exactly street cheap, either. Granted, you pay for what you get here. And the product is good.
What to Wear: Dress up in your smart-casual garb. There are a lot of stylish guys and gals here, so you don’t want to look too schlubby. You’ll be okay with one of those overpriced, Los Angeles vintage t-shirts if you really want to wear one.
Insider Info/When To Go: I had fun on a Wednesday night. I can see the place getting pretty lively after work on Fridays, so I’d like to check it out then. The Pikey is one of those bars that you feel like you’ve been to at least a couple times when you walk in the first time –and I mean that in a good way.