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The Work Week in Boston: Monday, September 20 – Thursday, September 23

While walking through the city this weekend, I couldn’t help but notice a great energy in the air.  Whether generated by the crisp fall air, returning college students, or store windows filled with fabulous fall fashions, it made me realize that there’s no time like the present to enjoy Boston.

Boston Wine Week

Luckily, there are a variety of fun events scheduled from Monday through Thursday this week that involve wine, fashion, rubbing elbows and indoor mini golf.  Here are my top picks:

Monday, September 20 – Raise a Glass to Boston Wine Week

From September 20 through September 26, more than twenty participating restaurants in Boston are offering a minimum of six wines at $9 per glass, or $32 per bottle as part of the first annual Boston Wine Week. With the goal of making amazing vino more accessible to the masses, Bostonians can start their week in style by sampling wine and gobbling up complimentary pizzettes with the Second Glass at BiNA Osteria on Monday from 6-7 p.m..  For more information on participating restaurants and events throughout the week, please click here.

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Outdoor Drinking and Dining: Five Delightful Boston Patios

True Bostonians know that summer in the city means enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.  With so many fantastic street level patios, it’s easy to get a warm weather fix while enjoying a fantastic meal or cocktails.  Here are five restaurant/bar patios in Boston worth checking out this summer:

Eastern Standard Entrance

European Flair at Eastern Standard

Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, Eastern Standard’s patio offers patrons a small slice of Europe in Boston.  Despite it’s location along busy Commonwealth Ave., the popular brasserie has cleverly designed their patio to minimize noise while offering guests chic tables for lounging and dining.  To round out the posh patio experience, enjoy one of the restaurant’s famed classic cocktails and sample fresh seafood from the raw bar.  528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

Divine Sandwiches at Parish Cafe

Patio or no patio, the mouthwatering sandwiches plucked from Boston’s top chefs are incentive enough to frequent Parish Cafe on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.  In the summer months, their sizeable raised patio becomes a coveted, yet welcoming enclave for Bostonians looking to satisfy their Zuni Roll cravings.  With the kitchen serving until 1:00 a.m. daily, it’s also a great venue for a casual date, or late night eats. 361 Boylston Street, Boston.

SoWa Chic at Stella Restaurant

Guilty about leaving fido home while indulging in delicious Italian food like Parmesan Arancini, Spicy Mussels, or Tagliatelle Bolognese?  Stella’s streetside patio, or “terrazzino,” allows ample seating alongside Washington Street in the fashionable SoWa neighborhood, plus ample water and railing space for your pup.  With the local dog park nearby, guests can venture over after playtime for a relaxing dinner, late night nibbles, or Sunday brunch. 1525 Washington Street, Boston.

Get Out of Jail Free at The Liberty Hotel

Visitors won’t require a “pass” from the famed Monolopy game to enjoy the Liberty Hotel’s happening outdoor patio.  Just off Alibi on the hotel’s ground level, appropriately placed shrubbery separates an outdoor lounge sanctuary filled with cozy couches and tables away from bustling Cambridge Street.  If rubbing elbows with stylish Bostonians is your scene, be sure to arrive early on the weekend, as this see-and-be-seen spot fills up fast and there’s nothing chic about waiting in line.  215 Charles Street, Boston.

Flirty Fun at Tia’s on the Waterfront

Single and ready to mingle?  Make Tia’s on the Waterfront a regular fixture in your Thursday-Saturday evening adventures.  With its proximity to the Financial District, Faneuil Hall and the North End, bumping into attractive locals on the L-shaped patio becomes part of the fun at this hotspot, which attracts area professionals during the work week and a larger sample of Bostonians over the weekend.  200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.


Rock Out: BearFight Roars Into The Lansdowne, Grand Canal March 5-6


BearFight into March when this popular Boston cover band sets the soundtrack to a perfect evening at the Lansdowne on Friday, March 5 and Grand Canal on Saturday, March 6. Though in the middle of a “3 States, 3 Weeks, 3diculous,” tour, these local legends know that there’s nothing like playing a crowded bar where everyone knows your name.

Expect lots of dancing and singing along to a mix of cover songs, from the ever-popular “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” “American Girl,” and “Float On.” To learn more about BearFight and hear some of their songs, visit:

The Lansdowne is located at 9 Lansdowne Street alongside Fenway Park. The show starts at 10:00 p.m.

The Grand Canal is located at 57 Canal Street near the Garden. The show starts around 10:00 p.m. and the cover is $5.


Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Events at Bars/Clubs by Faneuil Hall

New Year's Champagne Glasses by Jessica Gioglio

With New Year’s only a few days away, time is running out to decide where to spend the last few hours of 2009. Faneuil Hall, an area of Boston cherished by tourists and thirsty locals, is chock-full of bars that consistently cater to big crowds, making this spot a solid, if not rowdier, choice for New Year’s Eve.

Here are several recommendations on places to spend the big night at, with tickets still available: Market, Clarke’s, The Living Room, Ned Devine’s, and Sanctuary.  To learn more about these events, please read my article:


Sanctuary: More Than A Great Nightlife Spot

Sanctuary Bar by vsmoothe from Flickr

Flaunting the question- Heaven, Hell or Purgatory, Sanctuary is one of my favorite nightlife destinations in Boston due to its sophisticated atmosphere and killer martinis.

Situated on State Street just around the corner from Faneuil Hall, I recently discovered that Sanctuary also offers a stylish venue for a sex & the city inspired birthday dinner.   With entrees ranging from $9-$21, my group of girlfriends was thrilled to splurge on specialty martinis and a deliciously inexpensive dinner.

Ironically, the majority of our table chowed down on cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, and the turkey breast “buddah roll.”  However, for those with a more gourmet palate, Sanctuary offers entrees like an apple cranberry salad with goat cheese, ahi tuna tacos, pan seared salmon, and sirloin au poivre.

When it came to martinis, I think my group of girlfriends ordered the entire menu!  Ones to try include the creamy Lusty Latte, sweet Wild Orchid, and my personal favorite tequila infused Satan’s Vice.  Ranging from $10-12, they are not cheap, but are a good size even though none of us got the special garnishes!

Savvy Bostonian Tip:

  • Go By 8PM: When I arrived at 7PM, the restaurant was half full, but if you want one of the cosy round leather booths in Purgatory, make a reservation.  For larger groups, they will seat you upstairs in Heaven, which was awesome for my group because we had the level all to ourselves until the bar started to fill up at 9PM.

Overall, Sanctuary was a great start to a wild night of dancing with the girls!  I was personally surprised that it was not more packed for dinner, but know that once more people discover what a great value it is, we will all be fighting to get in.  Maybe I shouldn’t share such great secrets with the masses!

Sanctuary, 189 State Street, Boston