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Boston’s Best Bars: A Stroll through the City’s Nightlife

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Best Boston Bars: Strolling through Boston’s Nightlife

L Street, Best Boston BarsFor some, a random stroll is all we need to find adventure. Starting at a favorite hotspot and letting your feet carry you wherever they please can lead to great discoveries. I also find the best way to search out those great eats and drinks is word of mouth. You can rarely go wrong when asking a friend or even a stranger on the street, “Hey, what’s good around here?” Once you arrive at your first destination, you can then make a night of it traversing the curvy-swervy Boston city streets. If you need an idea to start you off, here’s a great first stroll to get you on your way.

Masa near South End is a particularly fantastic place to start. The restaurant/bar boasts an eclectic tapas menu with little bites for a buck. Though not quite traditional, the pulled pork and cheese taquito melts in your mouth and leaves you feeling satisfied like after a big meal. The drinks stand alone here as stars too, especially the Sangria Margarita and the Prickly Pear White Sangria. It’s a nice start to a wild or mild night, just watch your pace! It’s on 439 Tremont St.

Now let’s wander over to Woodward, right downtown. I know that’s a big jump, so grab a taxi if it’s chilly. This little bar resides in the North End. The people here aren’t bartenders, they’re mixologists, or geniuses, or both. Classic drinks flow throughout this bar and they’ve made an art form of keeping things simple. There’s nothing like an old fashioned whiskey sour, made the right way, without that scary green stuff.

Tucked on a little side street called Kingston in the Financial District is a bar called, well, Kingston Station. They offer an upscale and savory dinner selection and some perky sweet drinks as well, like Caribbean Moon. Their menu also includes a few Absinthe cocktails if you’re feeling brave.

Rounding out the night at an Irish-themed pub is a must-do for many Bostonians. There’s billions to choose from, of course, but one of my favorites is The L Street Tavern. Sure it’s all the way down in South Boston, or Southie, but it’s definitely worth the trek. Scenes from Good Will Hunting were actually filmed at this charming dive, and they definitely don’t let you forget it—throughout the pub are movie posters and pictures of the cast. Southie is also teeming with young professionals, so the night crowd is rowdy and fun.

Find your own path in Boston and don’t be afraid to try new things! Start your voyage at any one of these bars and see where the night takes you.

–Eileen Cotter is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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