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Walker29
04-26-2006, 03:07 PM
Just booked flights for Labor Day weekend and bought tickets to the Monday 9/4 game at Fenway Pawk. Staying with the bro in-law and his wife who are big Red Sox fans and BC grads. Should be a great time. Anybody been to Boston for a White Sox game or was there for the ALDS? Anybody planning on going to this series or has some favorite bars or restaraunts or must see attractions. We already plan on hitting the Sam Adams brewery and doing the Duck Tour.

NonetheLoaiza
04-26-2006, 03:51 PM
I was there for the games last year, and I had a good time. Fenway is really a pretty big dump, if you think about it, but it's a must see. Really cool stadium, though. I did the duck tour, but just make sure you go the day before, or a long time before you would like to go. IIRC, it sells very fast. You can sign up, and then walk around the city a little bit.

There are a couple bars right outside the park that you can go to before or after the game, but I forget their names. But all in all, I had a great time. One of the best memories I have was sitting in seats a couple rows from the field on the Red Sox dugout side behind the on-deck circle, and seeing Paulie and Aaron connect for home runs over the Monster. Really a majestic sight, if I must say.

Fabs
04-26-2006, 06:21 PM
Having many friends in Bean Town, including a few season ticket holders, the BoSox have always been one of my favorite teams, after the White Sox, of course.
I was there 2 years back for the Sox/BoSox series, and the fans were all really nice to me, and I was decked in my White Sox finest - pink Sox shirt, black Sox shirt, black Sox tank... Back in August of '04 we were mild competition.
Boston Beer Works has my favorite beer, the Blueberry Ale. :gulp: You have to have it. It's the first place I hit when I get picked up from Logan Int'l with my friends. They carry many micro brews, all theirs, and no other beers. Lots of choices, and the food is really good.
On game day you have to get to the area really early, though, to even get in, much less get a seat. All the bars in the area are like that.
I haven't booked my ticket yet, but I'll most likely be at the Monday Labor Day Sox game. I'll make sure to post once September nears.

1951Campbell
04-26-2006, 06:29 PM
Just booked flights for Labor Day weekend and bought tickets to the Monday 9/4 game at Fenway Pawk. Staying with the bro in-law and his wife who are big Red Sox fans and BC grads. Should be a great time. Anybody been to Boston for a White Sox game or was there for the ALDS? Anybody planning on going to this series or has some favorite bars or restaraunts or must see attractions. We already plan on hitting the Sam Adams brewery and doing the Duck Tour.

Yeah, I went to a few White Sox games in Boston when I lived there.

See the Freedom Trail, if you like history.

If you like down-home Italian food, try Ida's in the North End or Carlo's Cuchina Italiano in Allston.

If you like the thought of 120+ beers on tap, try the Sunset Grille in Allston.

If you like darts, go to the Silhouette in Allston.

Someone mentioned Boston Beer Works. You'll never get in there on gameday; same with the famous-yet-vomitous-smelling Cask 'n' Flagon. Avoid Lansdowne Street like the plague.

A. Cavatica
04-26-2006, 08:25 PM
Just booked flights for Labor Day weekend and bought tickets to the Monday 9/4 game at Fenway Pawk. Staying with the bro in-law and his wife who are big Red Sox fans and BC grads. Should be a great time. Anybody been to Boston for a White Sox game or was there for the ALDS? Anybody planning on going to this series or has some favorite bars or restaraunts or must see attractions. We already plan on hitting the Sam Adams brewery and doing the Duck Tour.

I've seen us in Boston several times, most recently the Labor Day makeup game that McCarthy dominated. I actually had tickets to ALDS Game 4. 95% of me wanted us to sweep, but 5% of me wanted a fourth game.

Fenway is a great place to see a game if you have infield boxes or grandstand. (Some of the seats in the bleachers and right field grandstand, and especially the right field roof seats, are horrible.) Atmosphere is serious baseball with good people-watching. The weather should be glorious on Labor Day. The food is ten times better than it was under the previous owners, but you're still better off getting a sausage/pepper/onion sub from a street vendor before you go in.

LongLiveFisk
04-26-2006, 08:50 PM
I really liked the "Cheers" bar (really known as the Bull & Finch Pub) although it is a MAJOR tourist attraction, which some like while others don't care for.

If you're into nostalgia and history go and check out Salem. :D:

roylestillman
04-26-2006, 09:15 PM
Cask and Flagons just outside the paaak is kind of the gotta go to once bar. Its actually pretty good, but jammed - think of it as Jimbo's without a fire code. A bunch of new bars have opened along Brookline, including Boston Beer Works, mentioned previously. It became my favorite on my last visit in 2000.

Get to the park early and eat outside from the food carts on Yawkey. The food inside is just awful. Fenway franks are served on a piece of white bread. Interested to hear what you think about Fenway.I was a little disappointed, but it sounds like they've put some cash into the place since I was last there.

chidonez
04-26-2006, 09:42 PM
If you like the thought of 120+ beers on tap, try the Sunset Grille in Allston.

If you like darts, go to the Silhouette in Allston.

Someone mentioned Boston Beer Works. You'll never get in there on gameday; same with the famous-yet-vomitous-smelling Cask 'n' Flagon. Avoid Lansdowne Street like the plague.

Excellent suggestions. The Silhouette is the closest thing Boston has to a Chicago-style neighborhood bar.

The Union Oyster House is a historic, if not touristy place to get good seafood. I believe it's the longest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. There are many good restaurants near to Fenway; I'd just suggest checking with Zagat's. Boston has a wealth of good museums if you're into that sort of thing. If you are, don't forget the university museums.

I went to one of the regular season ChiSox games at Fenway last year, and ChiSox fans were everywhere. BoSox fans are overwhelmingly friendly. I only ran into one jerk at the game, and I think the fans around him were pretty embarrassed by his behavior.

Scottiehaswheels
04-27-2006, 07:53 AM
Anybody planning on going to this series?

Goin with my girlfriend.... section 134 AA 9/4(behind home), 113 BB 9/5(behind red sux dugout), 147 AA 9/6(behind our 05,06? champs dugout)

SportsPg
04-27-2006, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I went to a few White Sox games in Boston when I lived there.

See the Freedom Trail, if you like history.

If you like down-home Italian food, try Ida's in the North End or Carlo's Cuchina Italiano in Allston.

If you like the thought of 120+ beers on tap, try the Sunset Grille in Allston.

If you like darts, go to the Silhouette in Allston.

Someone mentioned Boston Beer Works. You'll never get in there on gameday; same with the famous-yet-vomitous-smelling Cask 'n' Flagon. Avoid Lansdowne Street like the plague.

Born and raised in Evanston (yes, a north side White Sox fan here), but I spent four great years of my life going to Boston University. I lived in Kenmore Square my freshman year. Fenway is pretty fun, the fans are rabid, even if as others have said, the ballpark is crammed. The seats are small, but really...who cares?

Great call on Sunset Grille. I spent MANY evenings there while at school attempting to finish their 120 beer card. Never pulled it off, but one of my best friends did. I was there when he got the last beer, which was served from a giant beer bottle that looked like a champagne magnum. It was some beer made by monks, I had a glass, pretty good stuff.

As for other recommendations, try skipjacks for seafood, there are a couple of locations, but I seem to remember there being one just off maybe Arlington and Comm Ave near the Copley Plaza. North End italian is pretty good, I remember really liking Davide's and Scaraceno's. If you want good finger food, take the T out from Kenmore to Babcock street, on the west side of BU's campus, and go to T Anthony's. Get either a Cheeseburger sub or the Chicken Parm. I love that place, hit it every time I go back.

I'm debating trying to go over Labor Day this year - depends on other family trips, finances etc...hopefully will get to go :cool:

Steelrod
04-27-2006, 09:10 AM
During the ALCS, we got there early and went to the bar outside the left field corner. They said no room and sent us downstairs, where they said there was no room and sent us upstairs. Both had PLENTY of room. Then we realized that we were all in Sox stuff. ..nuff said?

bigdommer
04-27-2006, 09:20 AM
Just booked flights for Labor Day weekend and bought tickets to the Monday 9/4 game at Fenway Pawk. Staying with the bro in-law and his wife who are big Red Sox fans and BC grads. Should be a great time. Anybody been to Boston for a White Sox game or was there for the ALDS? Anybody planning on going to this series or has some favorite bars or restaraunts or must see attractions. We already plan on hitting the Sam Adams brewery and doing the Duck Tour.

I've been to Boston four times, and each time we hit up the Union Oyster House for lunch. Great chowder, better in the winter though. We also have had dinner twice at Fire and Ice, one of my favorite places in the counrty. There is one in Cambridge and Boston. While not a traditional New England place, it is a modern style hibachi grill which allows you to create any meal possible; a fun place to go.

Much like Wrigley, Fenway is a dump with bad seats, a stale stench, and some obnoxious, unrealistic fans. However, unlike Wrigley, all the fans are there to see the game, and Red Sox fans are some of the most knowledgable fans around. We had a drink before the game, and I asked a girl (maybe 15 years old) who was throwing, and she told me that Casey Fossum was starting and that he was strong in his last start, and that he needed to log some innings because the bullpen was all used up from the previous two games. Nobody at a Cub's game could tell me any of that.

Craig Grebeck
04-27-2006, 11:25 AM
I'll be there on Monday the 4th!

But I live here, haha.

ThatGuyOnTheL
04-27-2006, 11:31 AM
You'll also notice that Red Sox fans sell and wear the most tasteless, offensive T-shirts known to man. After being offered an "A-Rod has AIDS" shirt outside the Kenmore T station, I gave up on the entire fan base.

viagracat
04-27-2006, 11:39 AM
The Union Oyster House is a historic, if not touristy place to get good seafood. I believe it's the longest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. There are many good restaurants near to Fenway; I'd just suggest checking with Zagat's. Boston has a wealth of good museums if you're into that sort of thing. If you are, don't forget the university museums.



I enjoyed Boston the time I went there. Unfortunatley, the Red Sox were out of town when I was there; would've liked to see Fenway. The Union Oyster House is the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the US. I liked the place. Eat a lobster out there if you get a chance.

I also remember going to the bar at some restaurant (don't think it was the Union, but it could've been) and everyone at the bar was talking about the "****ing Yankees". They are absolutely obsessed with the Evil Empire in Boston. Wearing a Yankee cap is probably not a good idea. :smile: