Crawl In Boston
When we’re not organizing bar crawls, we still find ourselves visiting bars and fun spots around the city.
Downtown Crossing (Part 1 as there are a ton more bars that we need to visit in this area)
Recently we had a birthday party to attend at JJ Foley’s on Kingston Street, so we took the opportunity, as we are wont to do, do have a little bar crawl before hand. We visited some of our favorite places in the Downtown Crossing area for some pre-party food and drinks.
We started at one of our favorites, Marliave. Marliave is a great gem in Downtown Crossing. It’s very old school and French influenced, with a great cocktail program, and daily dollar oyster specials from 4-6 and 9-10. This is one of the few dollar oyster places that will give you a choice of oysters, and not just a single kind. They’re well shucked and were great with the Henry Marliave cocktail (vodka, Lillet Blanc, Chambord, prosecco, lemon). We also split and order of Henry’s Soup. This is a French onion soup filled with tender short rib and melted Gruyere. It was delicious and warming, especially on the cold winter night we were there. It tastes long simmered, with the decadent short rib and melty cheese. Bonus points for the beautiful old fashioned footed crock it comes in. They happily offered to split an order into two bowls, which we weren’t expecting, but was a nice touch. This is truly one of the best French onion in Boston!
After our soup, we headed next door to Barracuda Tavern. This place feels sort of divey, without really being a dive. It has a great beer selection as well as wine and liquor. The staff is very friendly, and they have a solid, seafood leaning food menu. They have a nice selection of bar snacks, and we split an order of bacon wrapped scallops which were tasty and went well with our beers. This is a great, casual hangout in DTX.
Next stop was Mast’ (the confounding apostrophe isn’t a typo). This is a Italian spot that prides itself on its Neapolitan pizza. To start, we had an espresso martini (made with real espresso, not flavored liquor), and a Nutella martini, that, while good, should have been ordered for dessert. We split a pizza with prosciutto, artichokes, and black olives. It was fine, but the sauce was kind of watery, and the crust didn’t seem as crisp as it could have been ,coming from a wood fired oven. It was fine, but there are better pizzas in the area.
We left Mast’ and headed down Province Street four next stop at haley.henry wine bar. This is a charming, tiny restaurant that has friendly staff, and a particularly amazing 90s soundtrack. This restaurant specializes in tinned fish, charcuterie, and wine. The staff is always happy to talk about their wine, and apart from the menu of wines by the glass, they’ll open any bottle as long as you have two glasses. We got the tuna pate, which was served with a whole grain mustard and pickled onions. Before we’ve sampled other tins as well as the charcuterie board, and we’ve never been disappointed. We’re looking forward to the sister restaurant this team is slated to open in Fenway later this year.
Our final stop before the party is the iconic Omni Parker House. There are two bars here, Parker’s and The Last Hurrah. Both are very old school, and specialize in classic cocktails, and playful twists, such as a Boston Crème Pie martini. We suggest getting the real thing if you’re here, the classic Boston crème pie is something not to be missed. Both of these bars cater to locals and tourists alike, and it’s worth a stop in.
Hello Pirate Crawl Participants,
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. If you have friends still looking to join. We still have some spaces left.
Your ticket will get you entry into the bars, Admission onto Boat Cruise, $3 drink option at each bar, Pirate Flag, Koozie, Temporary Pirate Tattoos, Limbo Contest and Photo Booth.
Don’t miss out. Arrgggghhhhh!
We have a few points of order to help make the day as smooth as possible:
Check In takes place at the following:
11:30 – 12:00 – Warehouse – 40 Broad Street
12:00 – 12:30 – Freedom Boat at 60 Rowes Wharf – GATE C
You will need to bring either a printed Eventbrite ticket or show the app on your phone. If you don’t have a paper ticket or the phone app, you can use your ID to pick up your ticket. Please be ready when you get to the top of the line. We’ll be checking in hundreds of crawlers and nobody wants to be stuck behind the person who doesn’t have any of their stuff ready. Only the ticket buyer needs to be present. If multiple tickets were bought, you’ll get all your goodies at once and you can pass on the extras to your friends.
Boarding is Noon – 12:30 sharp. Boat leaves at 12:30. The company has their own schedule so we can’t hold back for anything. We leave then.
We have 7 bars in the Faneuil Hall/Financial District area planned. There is another big crawl from another group that day and we’re planning to visit places not associated with their schedule.
You will receive the entire schedule when you register. All the bars will be in the Faneuil Hall and Financial District areas. We are not releasing the schedule prior to the crawl, as 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. Also, you will need to show a valid license or ID to gain entry to each of the bars (this is the bars’ policy).
CASH IS KING
I know that bringing your card might be easy. But when tons of people are trying to order drinks, it takes a lot more time to open and close a tab than to pay with cash. Plus you’d be surprised about how many people forget to close their tabs at the end of the night and leave for home without their credit cards. There are multiple ATMs around Faneuil Hall…check one out. Also, remember to tip your bartenders!
Remember to drink responsibly and use public transportation. Don’t drink and drive!
Have a great time on Saturday! We’re looking forward to seeing those outfits
Enjoy your holiday!
Here are some restaurant lists if you’re not doing the home cooked meal.
10 days to go until the 12 Bars of X-Mas. This event will sell out. Don’t wait too much longer to register. We’re down to our last call tickets. The 12 Bars of X-Mas is on December 3rd. Check out our 7 years worth of pictures.
Your ticket includes $3 or less drink option at each bar, Winter Pom Hat, Koozie, Candy Cane, Temporary Tattoos, Drawstring Bag, Photo Booth and No Covers at Scheduled Bars.
Gilmore Girls trivia on January 11th registration opens on Friday. This has been our most successful trivia event to date and we suspect it will once again sell out in just a few days.
Tomorrow begins October. I know the Halloween Crawl seems like a million days away but it’s only around 3 weeks. We’ll be crawling on October 22nd. Time to start thinking about those costume ideas. Don’t wait too long as this will sell out. Your ticket includes Drink specials at each bar, Beverage Mitt, Selfie Stick, Koozie, Drawstring Bag, Photo booth, Candy and no covers at scheduled bars.
Sign up for the crawl that you actually get great stuff at.
Gilmore Girls Trivia Night 2 is now sold out. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in November. Thanks for signing up.
Fun stuff this weekend: Octoberfest is the theme
Harpoon Octoberfest is tonight and tomorrow in the Seaport. Entrance into the festival includes a souvenir pint glass and your first beer.
Pintley is hosting an Oktoberfest Celebration at Olde Magoon’s Saloon. With 10+ proper German brews on tap (with some rarities!), traditional German food, and plenty of liters to go around.
The Cambridge 5K – Oktoberfest is Sunday morning. Registration includes a great race shirt + free food & free beer from Cambridge Brewing Co, Notch Brewing, Bantam Cider, Swiss Bakers & Jacob Wirth.
Boston Barktoberfest @SoWa on Sunday. Dogs and beers. What more could you ask for during Oktoberfest?