We decided to take advantage of the MBTA $10 weekend pass as Saturday was just beautiful. We hadn’t been to Newburyport in years so decided on that destination. The trip from North Station took just over an hour. Once we arrived at the station, we were surprised to find no taxi stands and a requested Uber was 17 minutes away. The walk would have been around 25 minutes according to Google Maps.
Luckily there’s a Mexican bar, Metzy’s Cantina, right outside the station. So a quick margarita did the trick as we waited for the Uber to arrive.
We got dropped off a Brick & Ash for a quick snack and drink. Unfortunately service left a bit to be desired. The food was good, but despite there being very few other patrons, it took almost an hour to receive our order.
Now a little behind schedule, we headed across the street for some cocktails at The Poynt. Once more, we were surprised by the service, but the drinks were good.
It was time for a snack. So we headed over to Brine for a selection of caviar and oysters. The service was, again, a little slow, but at this point we realized that perhaps Newburyport is just a little slower going than Boston. But the oysters were great, and we enjoyed sampling the caviar flight, which was a good deal.
Next we headed next door to The Paddle Inn. They had a fun selection of tiki inspired drinks. We met a very delightful bartender with whom we swapped stories about visiting Mexico.
We were starting to get low on time. We rushed across the street for margaritas at the very lively Agave. Mr. Mobray recommends the Pink Cadillac margarita.
Next was Port Tavern. A nice space with a local tavern vibe, this place was fondly recommended and we can see why this would be a local favorite. They had good cocktails and and nice beer selection. We still had some time left before our train was leaving back to Boston. So we ran over to the famous Michael’s Harborside. Unfortunately they were having a private party upstairs and downstairs was packed so we didn’t get anything here. They do have an awesome patio which usually has a bar, but apparently we were a little too early in the season and it wasn’t set up. So we grabbed an Uber (10 minute wait this time) and headed back to Metzy’s next to the train station to have our last drinks of the day. Overall, this is a great day trip from Boston with lots of great options. The service may be a little slower than usual, but it’s a beautiful town with great places to go.
We’re getting closer to the Potter Pub Pillage. It’s hard to believe that August is almost over. We’re very excited that you’ll be joining us next month. Sign up and join us on our magical adventure.
Registration includes entry into the bars, light up wand, koozie, Bertie Bott’s jelly beans, temporary tattoo, witch broom pen and photo booth. See you on September 8th. Accio Beer!
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Thanks everyone. Our regular tickets sold out last evening. We’re now down to our Last Call Tickets. We’re so very excited to be partying with you next weekend.
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What happens when you mix a Bar Crawl, a Party Cruise and Pirates?
You get the Crawl In Boston Pirate Crawl…YEAR 10!!!!!!!
We never thought we’d make it this far. On Saturday June 16, we’ll be bringing you the 10th edition of the finest themed bar crawls that Boston has to offer. It’s time to kick off the summer with the return of the Pirate Crawl. We are so excited.
One of the stops will take us onto a boat for a scenic trip of the Boston Harbor.
Same as last year, our boat will not be out of the Seaport but instead closer to the Faneuil Hall bars. That said…it’s a smaller boat.
So tickets will be VERY, VERY limited. We will have 50% less than usual.
After the party cruise, we’ll be navigating around Boston to the best bars the city has to offer.
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Limited Tickets Available between $25.00 – $30.00. The price will increase as the event gets closer and tickets get low.
The registration bar will be e-mailed to ticketed customers the week of the event. The full schedule is released at time of registration. 5 – 7 bars will be included on the event. We don’t release the bar schedule ahead of time as people used to post our schedule online and we got lots of party crashers which made the bars way over capacity.
Admission onto 90 minute Boat Cruise
Temporary Pirate Tattoos
No cover charges at any participating bars
Tickets are Will Call meaning your name will be on our Guest List at the door. You can pick up your tickets at one of the scheduled bars beforehand or at the dock.
Tickets include admission onto the ship but there will be cash bar. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable unless the cruise is canceled.
Registration bars will be e-mailed to ticketed customers the week of the event. Always visit crawlinboston.com for the most up to date information.
You will receive the entire schedule when you register in person at the event. We will have 5 – 7 total bars participating. Tickets include admission onto the ship but there will be cash bar. Tickets are non-refundable unless the cruise is canceled.All the bars will be in the Faneuil Hall and Financial District areas. We will let you know your registration bar before the event, and you’ll receive the full schedule when you check in. We want to keep this event as exclusive as possible for your own comfort. Please note, the bars have the right to refuse entry to anyone due to bar capacity or personal incapacity.
Please, please, please don’t wait to join this incredible event. Cheers! -C.I.B
It had been awhile since I had ventured out to Davis Square so I made the trek across the river. It was a fun day of new, innovative places, and well as old favorite haunts—and in once case, an interesting melding of the two.
I started at a brunch favorite, The Painted Burro. This is a Mexican restaurant, with delicious food, fun drinks, and cool art to look at while you enjoy them. One of the standout brunch drinks is the Hair of the Dog. It’s based off horchata, which is a Mexican rice drink. This version is an iced coffee horchata with shots of RumChata and espresso liquor. It’s sweet and refreshing and does the job implied by the name. We also got a brunch special, El Montanero “Superbeasto”. It’s a hefty plate with 2 fried eggs, fried plantains, rice, beans, chorizo and chicharron, topped with Baja cream and chipotle mayo. This is not for the faint at heart (and probably not good for your heart), but it’s filling, tasty, and provides a good base for a day of mixological adventuring.
My next stop is a Davis mainstay, Sligo. This is a quintessential dive bar in all the best ways. Dark, kind of dingy, with graffiti on the walls, this is a great place to get a cheap beer and hang out. Their food offering involve a selection of chips, so you’re welcome to bring in your own food (note- we don’t know if this is an official policy, but people were bringing in their own food with abandon and no one said anything, so it seems legit). One note, this place is cash only so hit up the ATM before you head in (they do have one inside in case you forget).
Our next stop was Meju, a new Korean spot on Elm St. It’s a clean, bright space with a bar and a fairly big dining room. The menu features Korean favorites such as bibimbap and bulgolgi, along with dumplings and steamed buns. Here we had a bottle of soju, which is a Korean distilled liquor we had been newly acquainted with. It comes either plain for flavored, and we had grapefruit. You drink it neat from small cups, reminiscent of sake.
We ventured to Orleans, which a little outside the square on Holland St. This is a casual spot with lots of happenings, like Taco Tuesday, forty cent wing night on Thursdays, and live music through out he weekend. It’s a good, casual standby.
Next we went to Sacco’s candlepin bowling alley, or, as it’s now known, Flatbread Company. Flatbread Company took it over several years ago and added a wood fired pizza oven and an expansive bar (made out of the bowling lanes that used to be there. They have an extensive beer and drink list. In addition to beers, we tried the chocolate raspberry martini (which was sort of thick, like a milkshake consistency), and an absolutely delicious warm apple cider with whiskey, served in a koozie-wrapped Mason jar. This place was hopping, and would be a great night out with good food, good drinks, and candle pin bowling.
We continued to Saloon, a speakeasy located under Foundry on Elm. This is a dim, sleek space, with a well though out layout. The bar is small, but the corners are rounded out so small groups can sit comfortably. The drinks here are well crafted and thoughtful, without sacrificing deliciousness. One of the standout drinks we tried was the Cask of Amontillado (we can never pass up a Poe reference), which made with rye, Amontillado sherry, cacao, and pimento. We also had some surprisingly fun bar snacks for such an upscale place, including the tasty fried pickles and the chef’s popcorn of the day, which on this particular day was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We would highly checking this place out if you’re looking for a great atmosphere and really well made drinks.
Our penultimate stop was Rosebud Café, a well known staple of Davis. Here we had the most whimsical drink of the day, the PB&J, made with Rittenhouse Rye, Peanut Butter Orgeat, Lejay Cassis and lemon, and topped off with a mini PB&J sandwich. Drinks with a snack area always a plus, but this was a very adult take on the childhood staple.
Our final stop was another classic Davis establishment, The Burren. This is a classic pub with live music. It’s a spirited, fun atmosphere. It’s a staple for a reason, and it’s hard not to enjoy yourself when you’re there. On this stop, we enjoyed some good beers and some fun Irish music up front, while the line built up in anticipation of the opening of the back room.
Our day in Davis was lively and full of great drinks with good friends, and we hardly scratched the surface. There are scores of other great places in the area that are worth checking out. If you don’t get to Davis very much, make the effort to get there, it has a lot of fun to offer!