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
Boston.

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!

Things to Do in Boston

Boston is a city steeped in American history and lore. It is the largest city in New England and has a wealth of experiences to offer any traveler. Over the years Boston has enjoyed a steady increase in tourism, and is now one of the top 10 tourist sites in the United States. The best time to visit Boston is during the spring or summer, especially May through September.

There are myriad options for getting into Boston, with Logan International Airport being the easiest. The airport services every major international airline, as well as serving as a hub for domestic flights and connections. The airport is not far out of town, and taxis as well as shuttles are cheap going to the city center. Trains and buses also service Boston, it serves as an Amtrak hub and there are numerous bus lines coming from the entire northeast region. The best thing about arriving in Boston after a long trip is that it has fantastic public transportation and is laid out as a walking city, so a car is unnecessary.

There are too many sights to see on just one trip, but these are some of the top-rated experiences from people in the know:

o The Boston Museum of Fine Arts houses impressive collections of French Impressionistic art, as well as huge collections of Japanese and Greek artifacts.
o The New England Aquarium until recently held the largest fish tank in the world, and is still an excellent choice for anyone that loves aquatic life.
o The Panopticon Gallery, founded in the 1970s, is dedicated solely to photography and has excellent contemporary works.
o The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk through historic sites that played integral roles in America’s war for independence.
o Boston’s local brewery, Sam Adams, offers tours with free beer samples throughout.
o If baseball season is on, no trip to Boston would be complete without catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park!
o Schools like MIT and Harvard, some of the most prestigious in the world, reside in Boston and offer campus tours for free.

Boston is known far and wide for its incredible bar scene, and it is not uncommon to see one or two bars on nearly every block. The most dense concentrations of bars can be found on Canal Street, Downtown Crossing, around Fenway, and Harvard Square. Irish pubs abound, and many tourists try to find their own “perfect” watering hole. Tired bar goers can find their caffeine fix at any of the innumerable Dunkin’ Donuts locations around Boston, the city where it was born. Dining in Boston is like most metropolitan cities, in that there is something to be found for everyone. If there are two things New England and Boston in particular are known for when it comes to food, they are clam chowder and lobster. Both should be sampled before leaving the city.

Boston is one of America’s great cities, and everyone should make a visit at least once.

Bar Tool Time

No matter what task is before an individual, you must have the proper tools to accomplish the job. If you are a chef, you will need fine quality knives and an extensive range of various pots and pans. If you are a gardener, you will need several sizes of pruning shears and clippers, as well as digging tools to keep your yard trim and beautiful. And if you want to tend bar, whether in the home or professionally, to make quality drinks which everyone will enjoy, you will need your box of bar tools, which will allow you to turn out delicious concoctions.

Having the correct tools will ease the job of making good drinks. Let’s take a look at the most essential tools:

  • A BOTTLE OPENER is a must, both for speed and for the health of your hands. Using your bare hands to open bottles of beer can quickly turn your palms and fingers to bundles of cuts and scratches, not to mention chafing them raw. There are many varieties of bottle openers available to suit individual tastes.
  • The “waiter’s wine opener” is probably the most versatile type of WINE OPENER/CORKSCREW. Very efficient, it will not break the cork (famous last words!). This tool is multi-purposed: It includes a bottle opener; a sharp blade for cutting the seal of the wine; and the all-important corkscrew or worm. Corkscrews can be found in all sorts of novelty shapes. Also, if possible, get an opener with a two-level lever for maximum efficiency. A winged corkscrew is screwed into the cork which is popped by pulling down the handles.
  • A necessity for all bartenders is the COCKTAIL SHAKER, a stainless steel container used to vigorously shake the ingredients for a martini. A good rule of bartending is to remember that the colder a drink gets, the better it will taste. Hence, the shaker. Pouring pre-chilled ingredients into the shaker with ice, shaking it vigorously, and serving the drink in a chilled glass will give your guests a tongue-titillating libation.
  • The two basic types of shakers are the STANDARD SHAKER and the BOSTON SHAKER. The STANDARD or COBBLER shaker is a three-piece stainless steel shaker with a strainer built into it. It consists of the shaker tumbler, a lid with strainer, and the cap. The BOSTON shaker is a bit simpler in its design than is the Standard. It is merely a shaker tumbler and a slightly smaller mixing glass. All that needs to be done with a Boston shaker is to seal the two parts together. You must be careful to not seal it so tightly that it cannot be opened again.
  • There are many different varieties of STRAINERS, the most popular of which being the HAWTHORNE, a flat, spoon-shaped tool. A spring coil fits around its head, enabling it to fit all types and shapes of bar glasses, by means of prongs, in order to strain cocktails. On the other hand, the stainless steel JULEP strainer fits gently within the glass at an angle.

Several other tools will help you tend bar with professional ease.

  • A BAR SPOON is used mainly for stirring, the measurement of ingredients, and the crushing of flavoring (fruit, etc.) ingredients. Made of stainless steel, most bar spoons are 10 inches long and hold 1/6 ounce (one teaspoon) of liquid.
  • On most upper-end bar spoons, the top of the handle is a disc known as a MUDDLER which is used to crush (muddle) chunks of fruit, sugar cubes, or herbs, such as mint leaves, in the bottom of the glass.
  • A good BLENDER is essential for making frozen drinks, such as Daiquiris or Margaritas. There are many sorts of blenders with various speeds. Be sure to put your liquid in the blender before adding ice; doing this will increase the life of your blade. Try to get a blender with ice crushing capabilities. If you cannot get such a blender, you should invest in a freestanding ice crusher, independent of the blender.
  • TONGS and an ICE BUCKET are necessary for the sanitary storage and transfer of ice cubes. Not only will things be more hygienic but the ice bucket will help prevent the melting (and subsequent mess) of your ice cubes.
  • The BAR MEASURE or JIGGER is indispensable in making accurate measurements. One side of a stainless steel JIGGER holds 1-1/2 oz (50 ml) of liquid; the other side, called a PONY, holds 3/4 oz (25 ml). There is generally only one size to a glass jigger, one ounce (2 tablespoons).
  • A KNIFE and CUTTING BOARD are important tools to have at hand for cutting ingredients and garnishes. Recommended are a sharp 4-inch long paring knife and a sharp kitchen knife of about 8 inches, such as a bread knife or tomato knife, with a spearlike tip. The sharper the knife, the easier to make a clean cut. Watch for your fingers!
  • A POUR SPOUT or POURER gives you greater control when pouring from a bottle. Generally, it is a small bar tool made of plastic or rubber/metal which fits onto the neck of your liquor bottle. It gives you better control than pouring directly from the bottle. The most precise of the pour spouts are fashioned of a rubber cork fitted into the bottle and a metal spout which fits into the cork. Different styles of pour spouts include those of plastic, metal, neon, glow in the dark, slow pour (3 seconds per ounce), fast pour, screened, flapped, and measured.
  • Finally, to add a special something to your bar, use a GARNISH TRAY to hold all the accoutrements that give class to your presentation. Be sure to remember to put out skewers, plastic swords, paper parasols, flags, etc. along with your cocktail napkins, straws, and stirrers. Suggested garnishes might include lemon and orange slices/wedges, maraschino cherries, celery stalks, olives, and cocktail onions – whatever your imagination conjures up to tantalize your taste buds.

Cheers!