Now I know why my European (and NYC) friends hate Boston. We lived in Cambridge for years but a chow pup moved us out to the burbs. On Monday we scored last minute stones tickets and got the most reasonable hotel rate we could find-the millennium outside Fanueil Hall. (now know why so cheap....I don't recommend)
So we start the night at with a bang at the capitol grille. Outstanding steak tartare, smoked salmon and small filet which we asked served kind of buffet style since we were at the bar. Food great, drinks with a strong pour and excellent service. Take a rickshaw to the concert. Grab a quick, boring and weak drink at the tiki lounge (still beat the beer in fenway) and into the concert. Out of fenway by 10:15 or so. Figure we would grab a cab and hit somewhere back in the fanueil hall area or North End for a drink. Yeah its touristy but we were not looking for food just somewhere to sit outside that was close to the hotel. Well Fanueil hall is closed up tighter than a drum unless you want Ames plow or the purple shamrock. Same with the North End. I guess the restaurants stop serving at 10:00 pm and they wont even let you sit at the bar. We didn't want fancy but we didn't want dirty floors or drunken college kids either. Just someplace close by and nice to sit outside and enjoy the summer night with a drink. Why is this so hard to find in beantown? In Europe you dont even consider heading out until 9:00 pm. I used to defend Boston when we lived in the square and people came in from out of town. But now I know the issue- if you are from out of town and just want to enjoy the sights, sit outside and people watch on a warm summer evening then you are better off anywhere than Boston proper after 10:00. Sure we could have taken another cab but at that point we just decided on the hotel bar where the waitress was great and the pear martini sublime. Who would have thought that we would have been better off sticking to the South shore ?