Boston Night Activities

With famous jazz clubs in town, such as Beehive (its events are constantly listed on Hotel 140′s event calendar), the House of Blues and Royale, nightlife in Boston provides fun for everybody. Enjoy the dazzle and glamor Boston nightlife has to offer with an abundance of events at night throughout the area.

Beehive

Beehive

 

Located on Tremont Street, Beehive is the hippest spot in the South End for live music, unique beverages, and gourmet pub cuisine! With an eclectic baroque decor and live music almost every night, this place is sure to please crowds of all ages (as long as they’re over 21), ranges, and tastes! Their jazz brunch on Sundays is pretty killer too!

 
 

Top of the Hub

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Want to check out the view of Boston Back Bay from the top and look upon all those tall buildings in our skyline? Top of the Hub is the place to go! Top of the Hub is a restaurant and lounge located at the top of the Prudential tower.  With 360-degree views of the city, this is a classy place to come for a cocktail and live jazz, or a fancy romantic dinner.  This is the perfect venue for a romantic date or a classic business dinner!

 

The Lansdowne Pub

Conveniently located by Gate C of Fenway Park,  the Lansdowne pub is an authentic Irish Pub with its dark paneling and cozy atmosphere. Stop in before a show at the House of Blues and enjoy huge beer selection and live Celtic music. Great place to watch sports also as it has TVs everywhere and has a lot of room.  
 

Middlesex Lounge

As a chic urban lounge, Middlesex provides a great place for a delicious burger paired with one of the finest beers in the area. Enjoy music from local, national and international DJs, along with a trendy PM crowd. Learn more at http://www.middlesexlounge.us/
 
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Rise

The only afterhours dance club found in Boston is Rise. This club provides a safe, intimate environment for the late night crowd to continue the party. With positive energy and perfectly clean club, visitors can enjoy incredible lighting, video systems and music. Learn more at http://www.riseclub.us/

Boston at night is always glamorous and fun! We hope you enjoy the list and if you have a favorite place for Boston Nightlife, let us know.

Boston’s Happy Hour Scene

Boston’s “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) takes place around many corners in Boston South End.  As a hotel located at the heart of Boston Back Bay, Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by numerous great restaurants and bars that add enjoyable “happy hour” scene to the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the “happy hour” restaurant list Hotel 140 put together below and enjoy your “happy hours” in Boston:

1.       MASA:

Just 10 minute walk from Hotel 140, MASA is a Southwest Bar and Grill in Boston South End. Featuring award-winning cocktails and margaritas, live music and Salsa dancing, MASA provides half price tapas (half price = 50 cents apiece) on every Thursday night (all night) and every nights from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its bar area.

MASA’s Tapas menu features:

  • CHILI ALMOND STUFFED DATE , Wrapped in Bacon, Ancho Crema
  • PORK SPRING ROLL with BBQ Sauce
  • QUESO FUNDIDO EMPANADA  with Jalapeno, Cilantro

Happy Hour Menu: http://www.masarestaurant.com/boston/menus/masa_menu_tapas.pdf

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2.      28 Degrees

Right next to MASA, 28 Degrees is a Boston restaurant and bar located in the South End.  28 Degrees blends fine dining, cocktails and nightlife in the ultimate lounge setting. It features contemporary design with the offer of oyster happy hours: $1 OYSTERS! (At the bar, 5-8PM each day)

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28 Degress’s happy hour oyster: http://www.28degrees-boston.com/category/menu-items/

3. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

While McCormick & Schmick’s has been recognized for its culinary excellence as the “best seafood restaurant” in cities across the country, the restaurants have also become equally famous for its bar food menu. Guests can take in the lively atmosphere of the bar and enjoy a wide assortment of legendary food. Find out more about its award winning happy hour.

Happy Hour Menu: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Happy-Hour.aspx

Their “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) has some of the following deals:

$2.95 hummus and pita chips; garlic fries

$3.95 burger and fries; sweet potato fries; spinach dip and pita chips

$4.95 wings; chicken quesadilla; mussels

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A Taste of the Mediterranean in Greater Boston

By Katherine Alex Stevens

The Greater Boston area is justly famous for its hometown specialties (clam chowder or fried clams, anyone?), but did you know that, with a little searching, you can find gyros to rival those from the finest Athenian souvlatzidika, lamb and seafood dishes evocative of the Greek islands, and farm-to-table creations from a Tuscan-born chef? Join us for a Mediterranean odyssey. . . without leaving Massachusetts!

First, the gyros: tucked away in a nondescript part of Government Center, past a shoe repair and up an outdoor escalator, is a gem of a restaurant called Zo Boston. Translated as “I live” in Greek, Zo offers up the aforementioned authentic gyro: your choice of fresh pork or chicken, wrapped up in warm pita bread and topped with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. These are not the industrial, filler-laced “gyro” meat patties you may know from elsewhere in the US, but sizzling meats sliced off their spinning spits as you watch.

Boston Greek restaurant

 

The resulting meat is crisp-yet-juicy perfection. Get there early (Zo is open weekdays only from 11 AM – 3 PM) because one gyro will keep you full well until dinnertime. And plan to make a return trip another day, because the generously-sized spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie) is a revelation of its own!

 

Looking to complement your casual lunch with an elegant dinner? Head north up the coast to beautiful Ipswich, Mass. and Ithaki restaurant. Named after Odysseus’s home island (what English speakers know as “Ithaca”), Ithaki promises to be “a refuge for homesick Greeks,” and anyone longing for a taste of authentic Greek dishes will feel right at home here. While the weather’s still on the chilly side, tuck into a melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank, braised in tomato sauce, covered in melted mizithra cheese, and nestled on a bed of orzo pasta. Or opt for a more delicate seafood dish, like local Massachusetts haddock or bronzini (Mediterranean seabass) flown in from Greece. A wide range of appetizers, classic comfort dishes (moussaka and pastitsio among them), and some great Greek wines (try the aromatic red Agiorgitiko) round out the menu at this restaurant that is worthy of its Homeric inspiration.   

Greek food in greater Boston

 

For Mediterranean flavors with an Italian perspective, head to cozy and romantic Bistro 5 in West Medford (just 7 miles northwest of Boston). The menu evolves with the seasons, with choices including wild boar, local fish, and farm-fresh vegetables. If your stay in greater Boston happens to coincide with the Christmas season, be sure to try Bistro 5’s prix fixe Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. The 2012 menu featured an exquisite fritto misto (calamari, shrimp, anchovies & olives with heirloom tomato sauce), lobster lasagna, and zeppole (honey-coated fried dough served with eggnog gelato), among other delicious choices. And choosing a wine is half the fun: the enthusiastic bartender will offer you an education along with your Sardinian Vermentino or Campanian Falanghina.

Greater Boston may not have ancient ruins or turquoise waters, but if it’s Greek or Italian flavors you’re after, these three local restaurants deliver in spades. Kali orexi/buon appetito!

Brunch, anyone?

One of the best parts of being away from home is getting to taste the local flavor, and one of my favorite meals in which to do so is Brunch.  Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by a number of spots that have elevated brunch to new levels.  From celebrity chefs (think “Chopped”) to sky high views of the city (think Prudential Tower) we have listed just a few of our favs below.


The Beehive

*Brunch Menu:  http://www.beehiveboston.com/images/menu/BEEHIVE_brunch.pdf

Quintessential South End experience.  Saturday and Sunday live Jazz Brunch housed in an esoteric, exposed brick split level at 547 Tremont Street.  The menu changes often, so what you find online may be different than what you find in person.  But the fare is bold and local.  The chef, Rebecca Newell (who has appeared on “Chopped”) sources local ingredients and elevates their flavors with her experienced, well-traveled and well-trained flair.  Specials on a recent visit included “Bass Cakes” (crab cakes made with Sea Bass) topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise, Truffle Potato Peirogis, Fall-off-the-bone Ribs, and SAGE and Sea Salt Fries (YUM!).  The libations are as distinctive as the friendly and well-dressed staff that serves them.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a RIGHT onto Clarendon and LEFT onto Tremont.  The Beehive Café is on the LEFT at 547 Tremont.  Inside tip:  We DEFINITELY suggest making a reservation well in advance.

 

Salty Pig and Coda

*Website: http://thesaltypig.com & *Website: www.codaboston.com

The Salty Pig was named one of Boston’s “Best New Restaurants” in 2011.  With a fresh concept (cool charcuterie with a sense of humor, crafted beers and bartenders willing to invent concoctions on the spot, music that will bring you back to your college days and FAR SIDE cartoon wallpaper in some parts of the restaurant), we agree!  This is the perfect time of year to sit outside under their bright umbrellas and check out their brunch menu.  Greek yogurts, slow poached eggs with prosciutto cotto, Beer soaked Swiss cheese with sunny side eggs.  Or you can order a traditional “Board” which is a wooden slab on which you can pick as many cured meats and artisan cheeses that you like.  DO NOT MISS: the chicken liver pate, Chianti jelly, and Comte Cheese.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Stuart Street, LEFT on Dartmouth Street and follow the wonderful Piggy smell.  Salty Pig is at 130 Dartmouth Street, on the right, directly across the street from the Back Bay Train Station.

Or…continue down Dartmouth Street one block and turn LEFT onto Columbus Avenue.  At 329 Columbus (2nd door down) you will find the cheery red flag of Salty Pig’s sister, CODA.  When the “Pig” is too packed, CODA is a great way to get many of the same flavors and authentic Boston feel.  Similar menu items and bar list, Coda was a pioneer in the area of sourcing from local farms and purveyors.  Do not miss the “Salty Pig Board”, the Mac-n-cheese (elevated with pancetta and peas), or the PEI Mussels with fennel and Pernod.

 

The Prudential- Top of the Hub

*Brunch Menu: http://www.selectrestaurants.com/tophub/pdf/2044-BR.pdf

For the Vegetarians and Vegans, this is the spot. With many options that fit with these lifestyle choices, you can enjoy some of the best tasting foods without worrying about whether it fits with your diet or not. The chefs have also adopted preparation methods for those with food allergies and they really cater to the individual at Prudential. Their menu features many seafood options and they only use the freshest ingredients every day.

 

Abe & Louie’s

*Brunch Menu: http://www.abeandlouies.com/index.cfm?pid=10245

Abe & Louie’s is decorated to give you the inviting atmosphere you are looking for with courtroom style chairs, large Hollywood-style booths and bronze chandeliers. The traditional mahogany detailing and faulted ceilings at a touch of elegance for diners as they enjoy a full brunch menu.  Eggs Benedict Three Ways (filet mignon, crab cake, and lobster) as well as a decadent raw-bar are some features of Brunch at Abe and Louie’s.  Other items include classic brunch fare such as blueberry pancakes, French toast and fresh fruit cocktail.  Located at 793 Boylston Street, outside dining on the patio lets one indulge in the paradigm of Boston people-watching.  To walk here, go LEFT on Stuart St, RIGHT on Dartmouth and LEFT on Boylston, (just past the beautiful Boston Public Library.)  Abe and Louie’s will be approximately 4-5 blocks on the right hand side.

 

Taj Rooftop Champagne Brunch

*Brunch Menu: http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/City-Hotels/Taj-Boston-Boston/Fine-Dining/Sunday-Brunch.html

The Taj Rooftop Brunch combines stellar views with an almost overwhelming amount of food and divine service.  With vistas of Boston Common, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and Back Bay, one is immediately awed by the skyline and greenery.  The food consists of everything from the traditional (fruit, omelets, pancakes, waffles, prime rib) to the decadent.  There are endless raw bar items, sushi, and always a few selections of delicious Indian dishes.  There are selections of filet mignon, seared Ahi tuna, yummy tortellini with pesto and plenty for vegetarian friendly options…and a whole additional table of desserts.  At $69/person, champagne is included and reservations are certainly required.  We personally recommend booking a 1 PM Brunch reservation and plan on a very light dinner.  And I would be willing to say it is a “must-try” while in Boston.  It is simply the perfect venue for planning your Sunday activities in the city while viewing the roof-tops. To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Clarendon and a RIGHT on Newbury.  The Taj is on your LEFT, abutting Boston Common.  Elevators to the 17th floor.  It is about a 10-15 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride.

 

Choosing the right spot near Hotel 140 for your brunch is not always easy, but what a marvelous dilemma to explore. There are many great brunch places in Boston and if you are looking to experience more than just the amazing food, any of the top Boston brunch places above will offer you the full experience.  We would love to hear where you have been and what you have enjoyed below!

 

Cheers,

Hotel 140

 

Hotel 140’s Top Seafood Picks

Restaurants in Boston are famous for their creative and delicious dishes featuring lobsters, oysters and other creatures of the sea.  We are surrounded by water and have easy access to an amazing supply of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as a heritage of preparing it faultlessly.

Many travelers to Boston have “trying a New England Lobster” on the top of their Boston Bucket list. After researching many seafood restaurants, (read: “eating A LOT”) and reading the Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews, we have listed our opinion of the Top 5 below.  We made sure they were all in close proximity to Hotel 140 as well to ensure a pleasant post-dinner stroll back “home.”  We hope you enjoy our research as much as we did!  They are in no particular order, as each is different and special in its very own way.  We would love to hear where you have been and what you enjoyed.

 

Turner Fisheries

  

   Turner Fisheries

  *Price Range: $$$ ($9-$60)

  *Online Menu: http://www.turnersboston.com/menus/dinner/

 

 

Conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay, this is one of the city’s finest choices for a great seafood dinner. To walk to this premier location, walk out our Stuart Street Entrance and turn left.  Just one block away, across the street from Starbuck’s, you’ll see the sign for Turner Fisheries inside Copley Place. Serving only sustainable seafood, you can catch the $1 oyster feature on Friday evenings.  “Best nights are Wednesdays for the 2lb lobster ($35 ONLY!!) and the $1 oysters on Fridays.  Start here for oysters on a Friday Red Sox game and do it up right. ” This comment is from one of the reviewers over at Yelp.  We personally recommend the (award winning) Clam Chowder and HOMEMADE oyster crackers.  Heavenly!


    

    Skipjack

   *Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)

   *Online Menu: http://www.skipjacks.com/index.cfm/pid/10318

 

Skipjack’s claims that they are “THE seafood expert” of Boston with many seasonally inspired menu items that utilize the freshest catch seafood.  With a menu that serves anything from Fish-n-Chips to Sashimi; from a divine Lobster Martini to an extensive raw bar; and cocktails that cover Saki, beer, a respectable wine list, and cocktails galore, we tend to agree.  And we like their price point, as well.  “They have steamed Maine Lobster on their menu baked & stuffed with crab & scallop stuffing, they also have lobster & shrimp Fra Diablo which is quite good…speedy service and everything is very fresh and tasty here,” states a recent Trip Advisor review.  Hotel 140 recommends Skip Jacks for a business meeting, romantic dinner, or great family fun.  They also have a Sunday morning Jazz Brunch.  There is an outside seating area in the summer.  To walk here, take a left out of the Clarendon Street entrance to the Hotel.  Skipjack’s is our neighbor on Clarendon Street, 2 blocks on the right.

 

    Atlantic Fish Co.

   *Price Range: $$ ($10-$30)

   *Online Menu: http://www.atlanticfishco.com

 

Atlantic Fish Co. boasts menus that are printed daily, further evidence of the freshness of their ingredients.  With outside patio dining on Boylston St, the people watching is as fulfilling as the well-priced Oysters Rockefeller and U10 GIANT shrimp cocktail.  They also serve brunch on the weekends.  The clams in the chowder are THE most tender I have ever enjoyed.  And the wine list is thoughtful, well priced, and accomplished.  Sais a recent senior Trip Advisor reviewer, “Normally when we travel we never go back to the same restaurant twice.  Atlantic Fish Co. was such a great find, we went back three times.”  To visit for your first (or third) time, walk out the Stuart Street entrance and pass John Hancock on your right.  At the opposite side of park is Boylston Street, take a left and Atlantic Fish Co will be four blocks on your right (just past Max Brenner’s).  Our favorite picks are the Sea Bass and the Rockefeller.

 

    Legal Sea Foods

  *Price Range: $$$ ($10-$60)

  *Online Menu: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-copley-place

 

Founded in 1950, they keep it simple, stating, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal.”  Featuring an extensive wine list and a number of locations in Boston, including the Seafood Test Kitchen in the trendy new Seaport, Legal’s was born of a fish market in Cambridge.  They now have over 30 locations in 10 states.  One Yelp reviewer stated, “If you love seafood, this is heaven.” To walk there, follow Stuart Street right out the door to Arlington (two blocks).  Take a right onto Arlington and Right onto Park Plaza.  You will find Legal’s at 26 Park Plaza.  We recommend the always “Legal Experience,” the crab cakes and their daily Wood Grilled Selections.  Also, keep an eye out for their great gluten-free options.


    Union Oyster House

  •    *Price Range: $$$ ($12-$60)

   *Online Menu: http://www.uniononysterhouse.com/Pages/newmenu.html

 

 

Located on the historic Freedom Trail, this is one of the oldest restaurants in Boston. It has become an icon in the city and has been dishing out the best seafood you can find since 1826. The Union Oyster House is actually the oldest restaurant in the United States of America and is located at 41-43 Union Street in Boston.

They serve traditional New England fair including lobsters, clams and oysters. They also serve poultry dishes, steaks, chops and baked beans. Many famous people have dined at the Union Oyster House.  One reviewer from Trip Advisor had this to say, “It’s worth it for the historical value.”  A fun fact about the Union Oyster House is that they claim responsibility for making the toothpick popular.  We suggest taking a cab to the Union Oyster House from Hotel 140, but feel it is well worth the cab fare (approximately $5-$7) to experience fresh seafood in this historical setting.

Don’t “clam” up; we want to “SEA” what your thoughts are on the local, fresh selection.

 

Submitted by: Zoe S.

North End Date Night

Let us plan your next date or group outing!

Delicious cannolis abound at Mike's or Modern Pastry on Hanover Street

Who doesn’t love Boston’s historic Italian North End? Wine and dine at one of their many fabulous restaurants, grab a pastry, and check out the Comedy Improv Asylum.  From the hotel, all you have to do is hop on the Orange Line at Back Bay station and take it to Haymarket station.  It’s a quick easy trip for a fun night in the city.

“I went this past week and it was so much fun.  We grabbed some apps and drinks at Bricco and finished up just in time for the 8 o’clock show.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.  It’s so impressive how quick and witty these “inmates” are.  I highly recommend it.  It’s nice to do something unique, especially if your planning a date and don’t want to do the typical dinner move.  Warning:  avoid the front row if you are not a fan of having attention drawn to you!”

Check it out, and we’d love to hear what you think!

Tremont Street is Boston’s Restaurant Row, it’s packed with Boston’s hottest restaurants, and it’s less than a 10 minute walk from Hotel 140. Just head south on Clarendon Street until you hit Tremont.

Dining at South End restaurantsAddis Red Sea
Authentic Ethiopian in a warm, friendly environment. 544 Tremont.

B&G Oysters
A modern take on the classic oyster bar. Great wine list. 550 Tremont, at the corner of Waltham St.

Bee Hive
Bohemian eatery and bar located in the Boston Center for the Arts complex. Live music, art, cocktails and delicious food, every day. 541 Tremont.

Butcher Shop
Neighborhood wine bar & full service artisinal butcher shop. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 552 Tremont, at the corner of Waltham St.

Hamersley’s Bistro
Inspired by the bistros of France. Simple, hearty, seasonal and local fare from celebrity chef Gordon Hamersley. 553 Tremont.

Masa
Brunch, lunch, dinner, tapas and salsa dancing. 439 Tremont.

Picco
Affordable upscale italian fare. Pizza, pasta, salads. 513 Tremont St.

Sibling Rivalry
Chef’s David and Bob Kinkead create a ‘dueling’ menu with seasonal ingredients. Classical combined with Modern American cuisine. 525 Tremont.

Tremont 647
American cuisine with global influences. Menu changes frequently, to take advantage of that which is freshest in the market. 647 Tremont.

Shawmut Avenue & Washington Street
Great restaurants abound on the blocks just south of Tremont St as well. Head down Waltham St to Shawmut Ave, and a block further to Washington St.

Coppa
An intimate enoteca tucked on a quiet street in The South End. Italian small plates made with local, sustainable ingredients. 253 Shawmut Ave.

Flour Bakery and Cafe
Stop in for mouth watering pasteries at this South End Bakery. 1595 Washington St, near Blackstone Square.

Orinoco Kitchen
Venezuelan cuisine and South American wines. 477 Shawmut Ave.

South End Buttery
Cafe and Restaurant. Open day and night. 314 Shawmut (at Union Plaza).

Toro
The Barcelona-style tapas restaurant of James Beard Award-winning chef, Ken Oringer. 1704 Washington Street, just off Mass Ave.

More Restaurants Close to Hotel 140 in The South End

28 Degrees
Upscale, urban atmosphere features nice lighting and an imaginative drinks. Large menu with plenty of starters, brick oven pizza’s, and main courses. A ten minute walk from Hotel 140, south on Clarendon St, and left to 1 Appleton St.

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe
South End’s premier breakfast spot since 1927, Charlie’s offers monstrous omelettes and juicy burgers. A 10 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head south on Clarendon St, take a right on Columbus Avenue, and look for Charlies after Holyoke St.

Douzo
Modern Japanese, sushi. Just a 5 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon, left on Stuart, and left again to 131 Dartmouth St.

Fire and Ice
Anything you want, cooked on a huge Mongolian-style grill! From burgers to stir fry to pasta. Just a five minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon, right on St. James and left to 205 Berkeley Street.

Grill 23 and Bar
Awarded Best of Boston (Steakhouse) by the Improper Bostonian for 6 years running, and winner of Boston’s Best award for Best Upscale Steak. Rachael Ray’ named them #1 steakhouse in the Northeast, and they’re in Boston Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants. A five minute walk from Hotel 140, head south on Clarendon, left on Trinity, and another left to 161 Berkeley St.

Mistral Restaurant
Uncomplicated French cuisine, highlighted with the season’s finest ingredients. Just a few minutes walk from Hotel 140. South on Clarendon, left on Stanhope, follow onto Cahners Pl, and left to 223 Columbus Avenue.

Post 390
The latest concept from Kenneth Himmel offers refined American Classic and is housed in an historic Post Office annex just steps from Hotel 140.

Skipjacks Seafood Emporium
High quality seafood dishes at affordable prices. Menu is complemented by an award winning wine list emphasizing American vintages, many wines by the glass. Two minutes walk from Hotel 140, just north of the John Hancock building on Clarendon St.

 

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