The Liberty Hotel. Luxury meets city jail. The Liberty was built in the mid-1800’s and served as the Charles Street Jail up until just a few decades ago.
The Revere. Just off the beaten path of the Boston Common, The Revere is steps from Downtown Crossing shopping and hole-in-the-wall Chinatown restaurants.
Boston Harbor Hotel. All the water views for the warmer months.
W Boston. If you prefer new over old, the W bucks the trend of the typical old Boston hotel with a gorgeous lounge and super fun, modern decor.
SoWa Art & Design District. Vintage, local artists, food trucks and a beer garden. What more could you ask for?
Newbury Street. You can easily spend a full day on Newbury’s eight blocks exploring a mix of boutiques, go-to favorites and luxury. Tiffany & Co. and Burberry anchor at the edge of the Public Garden.
All Too Human. An ultra chic boutique just off of Newbury Street that offers a mix of high end names and up and coming designers.
Garment District. It’s a favorite for Halloween, but year round the Garment District (a store, not a neighborhood) offers up quirky vintage clothing and accessories.
Quincy Market. One stop shopping for every Boston-themed piece of decor or clothing you could ever need.
The Paper Mouse. Technically this one isn’t in the city, it’s about a 10 minute drive out to Newton, but there’s no better place beautiful prints and adorable watercolor greeting cards.
Regal Beagle. A teeny tiny bar in Coolidge Corner with a rotating menu for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Citrus & Salt. “Coastal Mexican” is the perfect descriptor for the white washed wood floors painted with tropically colored murals of Mexican skulls and and octopus. Leave room for the Dole Whip (with the rum!) for dessert to really feel like you’re on vacation.
The Met. A small library bar upstairs, a full dining room and patio, and a large bar with a fireplace downstairs. The best nachos and spiked hot chocolate flights on all of the floors.
South End Buttery. Buttery has an amazing bakery and is one of the best Sunday brunch destinations if you’re craving something sweet and full of carbs. Think ricotta fritters with nutella and cinnamon sugar, brioche french toast and banana pancakes (chocolate optional).
Tasca. Allston definitely isn’t known for upscale dining, but the tapas and sangrias served at Tasca are amazing. There are always specials on new drinks or apps, so be sure to take a look online before you head over.
The Gallows. Think upscale comfort food with a side of morbidity. Reclaimed wood, crows and death-themed cocktails are balanced out with a menu of poutine, pizza fries and oyster hushpuppies (!!).
Hops & Scotch. Another Coolidge Corner favorite. A rotating menu, tons of craft beer and scotch (of course), and live jazz on Sundays.
Barking Crab. A lobster roll is a must when in Boston in the summer and Barking Crab serves up some of the best on a pier over the harbor (#summergoals).
Frenchie. Frenchie is a perfect date night spot to share a wine and a charcuterie board in a cozy downstairs bar. They also have a tiny greenhouse dining room complete with white lights.
Drink. No menu, just describe what you’re in the mood for and the Drink mixologists will deliver.
Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar. A second outpost just opened, so whether you’re in Back Bay or Fort Point, you can enjoy a margarita in Lolita’s sultry, Gothic lounges.
Buttermilk & Bourbon. Opened by the same team as Citrus & Salt, B&B serves up a New Orleans French Quarter vibe with a voodoo slant. They serve hurricanes by the pitcher to transport you from Back Bay to the south.
Committee. Right around the corner from The Envoy, Committee serves froze (#basic) by the glass on an intimate outdoor patio.
The Liberty Hotel. The hotel has half a dozen bars each tying into the jailhouse theme. The couches at Catwalk overlook the lobby, and the Alibi cocktail bar is adorned with celebrity mugshots and barred windows.
Delux Cafe. Christmas lights, Elvis vinyls, Three’s Company playing on an old television set… It’s cash only but like any self respecting dive bar, there’s an old, tiny ATM in the back.
Loretta’s Last Call. A perfectly southern bar in the heart of Fenway Park. It’s perfect for a girl’s night or with a big group.
Banyan Bar. The bar at Banyan is perfect mix of upscale and casual. They have a great craft cocktail menu but you’ll notice a stack of card games in the corner. Is there anything better that playing Cards Against Humanity with a few friends over a Samurai Bowl?
Harvard Square. Quintessential Boston. Cobble stone streets and brick archways surround the picture-perfect campus.
Faneuil Hall. A tourist favorite, but it’s a must-do on a first time trip to Boston. Like Harvard, it’s steeped in history and lively with street performers throughout the summer.
Beacon Hill. Head to Acorn Street to snap a photo of “The Most Photographed Street in America”. It lives up to the hype.
Boston Public Library. Go for the courtyard, take all the photos. It’s a best-kept secret to escape busy Back Bay during the summer.
Original Content courtesy of Rachel Gates Travel and Lifestyle blog. Find it here!
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
A BOSTON TRAVEL GUIDE WITH RACHEL GATES