All About Boston Bars

It’s a city where a 5 year old boy and an 86 year old grandmother will
be wearing the same Boston Red Sox hat on the T and asking the same question each and every morning- how did the Sox do last night? Baseball is not just another sport in Boston, it’s part of the culture…it is Boston. That “Fever Pitch” movie was no joke. Just get used to it and leave your opposing team jerseys at home unless you want to get hit in the head with a bottle. Seriously, especially you Yankees fans.

Boston is a great city that blends its future into its storied Boston
Tea Party past. Walk The Freedom Trail to step back in time for some
Revolutionary history. And then you have the cosmopolitan new
architecture right next to Paul Revere. Think charming New England
with those lovely brownstones.

Faneuil Hall is a must. Explore the North End for “to die for” Italian…
just like grandma makes.

Here are our journeyPod picks for your viewing pleasure:

Bars & Nightlife

1. Publik House: This Pub has some of the most delicious Belgium
beers. Great bar food in an intimate setting. Try the Grimbergan 12. Use caution, it is a very strong beer. Located in Washington Square and near the T.

2. SOHO: $5 cover and a great dance floor in the bottom level. Young
professionals flock in on the weekends. Sunday morning they offer an amazing Brunch for $15. Live music with fantastic food. SOHO is
located on Market Street in Brighton.

3. Saint: Very posh with beautiful people. They have themed rooms.
There is a line and cover on Thurs.-Sat. Saint is on Exeter Street in

4. Sanctuary: A few levels of pure PARTY. Young crowd packs it in
starting at 11:30. Located in Faneuil Hall.

5. Tonic: No cover. Flat screen TVs, dancing, and a beautiful bar.
Young professional. Tonic is located in Brighton on Commonwealth Ave.

6. Black Rose: If you are looking for good Irish music with a lively
Irish crowd, the Black Rose is your place and at Faneuil Hall.

7. Black Rhino: 4 levels of dancing with all different types of music.
There is even a roof deck. The Black Rhino is located in Faneuil Hall.

8. Cask ‘n Flagon: Since the place is across the street from Fenway,
this is a perfect pre-game place. As you can imagine, the Fenway
faithful pack into the the Cask two hours before the first pitch. Some
have so much fun, they end up missing the game.

9. Bell in Hand: Since this is one of the oldest Bars in the USA, we
had to put it on the list. Yes, for all of you Beer Drinking History
buffs, there is a plaque to prove it. Located in Faneuil Hall.

10. Sunset Grill: Great food and an amazing selection of Beer. The
beer menu is so thick, it could take hours to decide. More of a sit down and drink lots of beer type of place. Located in Brighton on Commonwealth Ave.

11. Sam Adams Brewery: It’s Boston. It’s Sam Adams. The tour is packed with facts, but most attend for the FREE Sammy that is poured after the tour. Most of the time, the Tour guide will even pour some unreleased beers. Located in the middle of nowhere in Jamaica Plain. They ask for a donation, but the tour is Free!

Freedom Trail Boston Restaurant Guide – Historic Restaurants Make Your Visit More Fun

For those visiting Boston’s fantastic Freedom Trail and who wish the most immersive experience, there are a number of historic restaurants directly associated with the Revolutionary-era that are on or close to the Freedom Trail. These will absolutely make your Freedom Trail experience more fun and authentic.

The restaurants range from simple pubs with inexpensive sandwiches to fine dining. They all are fun, scenic, serve good food and are suitable for families. Most have excellent lunch specials, some even including lobster – every Boston visitor needs at least one!

1654 – Green Dragon Tavern, 11 Marshall Street, 617-237-2114

The original Green Dragon Tavern was around the corner at 84 Union Street. It was founded in 1654 and was an operating pub by 1714. The Green Dragon was a regular haunt for the Sons of Liberty and the site of the Boston Tea Party planning meetings. The old building was torn down in 1828.

The current Green Dragon incarnation is fun, serves good bar food and often features lobster specials at lunch. It is located on Marshall Street, one of the oldest most authentically historic in Boston. Right next door is the Ebenezer Hancock House – which was built in 1767 by John Hancock’s uncle, inherited by John, and then given to his brother, Ebenezer. Ebenezer became the deputy paymaster to the Continental Army.

1742 – Union Oyster House, 44 Union Street, 617-227-2750

The Union Oyster House started serving food in 1826. It is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. The building, which dates from 1742 (although other references place it as early as 1713), started its life as a dress shop. At that time, the harbor actually came up to the dress shop’s back door. Since then, all the land you see is filled-in.

The legendary Oyster Bar at the front of the restaurant is beautiful. Daniel Webster sat daily at this bar and drank a tall tumbler of brandy and water with each half-dozen oysters – usually eating at least six plates.

1760 – Chart House (John Hancock’s Counting House), 60 Long Wharf, 617-227-1576

The Chart House was originally the Gardiner House, built on Long Wharf around 1760. Later, it was John Hancock’s counting house. It is the oldest building still in use on Long Wharf.

A short walk from the Freedom Trail, it is the most elegant restaurant in this collection. For the warm weather, it has outside seating with a great view of the harbor and downtown Boston. Check for discounts on food.

1780 – Warren Tavern, 2 Pleasant Street, Charlestown (near Bunker Hill), 617-241-8142

Built in 1780, the Warren Tavern was reportedly the first building raised after the British burned Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. It is named for Doctor and General Joseph Warren, the famous Patriot who died fighting at Bunker Hill. The Tavern has been host to George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin. Try the Paul Revere Burger.

1827 – Durgin Park, 340 Faneuil Hall Place (Quincy Market North Building), 617-227-2038

This iconic restaurant, housed in an old warehouse, has been around since 1827, although a restaurant has operated at this spot since 1742. Famous for its old Yankee recipes, it is a real flash from the past and one of the oldest places you can dine in Boston. Upstairs diners sit communally at long tables with other patrons. For the pleasant weather, there is also outside seating overlooking Quincy Market.

It is a lot of fun and one of the few places you can get Indian Pudding. The roast beef overflows the plate. One of the best!

1875 – Cafe Marliave, 10 Bosworth Street 617-422-0004

The oldest Italian restaurant in Boston, the Marliave dates from 1875. It has intimate outside seating for the summer months. It is only a short block away from Old City Hall and King’s Chapel stops on the Freedom Trail.

The Marliave is located right above of the Province House Steps (1679-1864). The Province House was the official Royal Governor’s residence during the Revolutionary period.

Have a great trip!

Boston Pizza – Franchise Review

Boston Pizza is a Canadian based restaurant chain that known by various names; Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, Bo Pi or BP. It owns and franchises locations in Canada, the US as well as Mexico. Founded in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964 by Gus Agioritis, Boston Pizza concentrates on the making of pizza, pasta and ribs. It has its headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia and six years since its inception, it already has 17 locations in Western Canada of which 15 were franchised.

A royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was one of the first franchisees, who in 1968 had noticed the growing popularity of Boston Pizza. After purchasing the rights to open his restaurant in British Columbia, he later partnered with his friend and acquired the company from Ron Coyle, who had bought it from Agioritis. They had 16 restaurants, 15 of which they detached and franchised.

They continued to grow and by 1995 their chain had expanded to 95 restaurants in Western Canada with more sports bars founded as an essential part of the business. The expansion continued with the first Eastern Boston Pizza established in 1998. There are currently more than 325 Boston Pizza restaurants in Canada alone.

The United States version of Boston Pizza is known as Boston’s and the first franchise was established in the U.S in 1998. With its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas, Boston’s Gourmet Pizza became a casual dining restaurant and sports bar in the US serving different varieties of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and other delicious meals. It offers a family eating atmosphere with the sports bar consisting of the local teams memorabilia. It is convenient for a family outing or sporting fans. To date, Boston’s has 54 units in the US and 2 franchises in Mexico.

Boston Pizza got a big financial and business boost when it became the official pizza supplier for Expo 86 in Vancouver. This gave the company exposure enabling it to open 17 more franchises in the next 2 years. It is ranked in the top 100 in the fastest growing franchises as well as in America’s top global franchises.
The total revenue in the year 2007 was $755 million with a total investment of $1.7 million to 3.1 million. The franchise fee is $50,000 with a 5% ongoing royalty fee. In order to qualify as a franchise investor, you should have a net worth of $1.5 million and a cash liquidity requirement of $500,000 and general business experience. A franchised unit needs to be run by at least 7 employees and an absent owner of a franchise is prohibited.

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