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Where to Watch the World Cup in Boston: Group Stage

Ready for the World Cup, day drinking and international fever? We sure are. Soccer and pubs to watch come in all shapes and sizes, though. Since it’s hard to really bucket them completely, it’s going to depend what you’re looking for. We’ve broken it down into a group stage to make sure you’ve got what you’re looking for.

Group A: The Established Soccer Bars

1. Banshee – Your regular home for the US Men’s National Team fan base, not to mention Celtic and (ugh) Chelsea.

2. Lir – Boylston’s Irish pub also doubles as the home for Arsenal supporters.

3. Phoenix Landing – Yes, it’s in Cambridge, but the Liverpool Boston supporters will be welcoming as always.

4. The Lansdowne Pub – Likely to get a crowd, especially during home games for the Sox.

Group B: Sports Bar Style

1. Game On – Watched parts of 2006 here and the amount of TVs make it a great spot. Be warned if you are in the basement you will forget what time of day it is.

2. Greatest Bar – North End adjacent, plenty of TVs, plenty of space.

3. McGreevy’s – The back area is fantastic and likely to be a solid choice right on Boylston.

4. Clarke’s – Off a side street in Faneuil, while it doesn’t have the size of some of the other Congress St. pubs, it will likely have a good crowd.

Group C: Just Go to an Irish Pub

1. Four’s Boston – Absolutely going to be a good day drinking spot.

2. Kinsale (Beacon Hill) – Plus you can overlook the Government Center Construction.

3. Asgard (Central) – The open set-up here is great, especially if you can snag a good armchair to watch from.

4. The Burren (Davis) – One of the best spots over in Davis Square will fit the bill for your soccer watching needs, too.

Group D: I’d Like To Be Different

1. Back Bay Social Club (Back Bay) – It’s set up well and they still make one of the best Old Fashioneds in town (if you’re into that to accompany your soccer watching).

2. Five Horses (South End) – You won’t get the audio on the games, but you’ll get the best beer list in town.

3. Russell House Tavern (Harvard Square) – I’d imagine that this would be a place to get both an amazing seafood tower and a good spot for some game watching.

4. Tip Tap Room (Beacon Hill) – Strong food, not a great amount of TVs but if the windows are open, hard to beat.

There are many, many more, and it will likely evolve over the week as places announce what they are up to. Enjoy and I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN.

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BOSTON CALLING ANNOUNCES THE BOSTON CALLING BLOCK PARTY SERIES

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Crash Line Productions, in partnership with Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) and The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, announcesthe 2014 Boston Calling Block Party series. Kicking off May 8, 2014 and running through September 25, 2014, the parties will be held every Thursday evening from 5-8pm in Dewey Square, directly across from South Station. All events are free and open to the public, and are presented by Shock Top and Radio BDC. The Swinging Johnsons will perform this Thursday and fans can check the rotating schedule of local artists each week at www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockpartieswww.bostoncalling.com. The Block Party series is in addition to Boston Calling’s three-day music festivals, which take place May 23-25, 2014 and September 5-7, 2014 respectively.

It’s official. Summer is in the house.

The folks who put on Boston Calling Music Festival feel like Boston could use even MORE fun and music throughout the warmer months, those jerks 🙂

But seriously, this is a great move to showcase the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway, local artists and DJs, as well as some delicious local produce from the farmer’s market.

Mayoral Walsh also chimed in to offer his approval:

“We are excited about Boston Calling’s creative activation of the City of Boston’s unique open spaces. The popular Block Party Series’ move to Dewey Square, where food trucks and the Boston Public Market already bring people together, will add additional energy to the square. It will create a new environment for friends to gather after work, and will make the Rose Kennedy Greenway and our whole city even more vibrant.”

So kick off those wingtips and heels, flower children, and enjoy the green grass beneath your feet because Boston’s ‘summah’ just got ‘funnah’.

If you want to enjoy some other great events put on by the great folks at Boston Calling check out the Music Festival coming up: http://www.bostoncalling.com/ 

 

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The MetroWest Starbucks Gap

Look, if you’re downtown, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a Starbucks – there’s at least one place that I know of in Back Bay that you can stand inside a Starbucks and see another one. And I’m kind of proud.

But now, with news that Starbucks is expanding into a Late Night hotspot complete with canapes and cocktails this is as good a time as ever to point out the fact that while plentiful downtown, there is a massive gap in the suburbs, especially once you get outside of Newton.

Here, check this map: there is an entire region of Metro West from the outskirts of Watertown across 128, past Weston and Wayland into Sudbury and Concord, that is completely devoid of a single ‘bucks. It extends from the Newton Corner line completely to the other side of Waltham:

metrowest starbucks gap

 

What lesson can we learn from this? I actually am not completely sure. It’s just long been a gripe of mine any time I’m out that way (which is fairly often). Yes, there’s more than enough Dunkins to cover your coffee habits out that way, so let’s call it that.