In 1995, Jeff Popkin was tired of hearing about parties only after they happened. Being a fan of parties, he did not appreciate this, and he imagined other people shared his sentiment. He started Boston Event Guide, a website that aggregates upcoming bashes in one place including some of the top booze cruises in Boston such as the Summer Party Cruise. In addition to posting events such as fashion shows at the Liberty Hotel, party cruises, and beer-and-chocolate tours, he and his staff send out a weekly newsletter that highlights top events that are ideal for company outings, birthdays, or group parties.
Prohibition was over, and the Burns brothers were ready to capitalize. The store they opened in 1936, the Burns Brothers Liquor Shop, has since operated as a market, a butcher shop, and a liquor store, and today its current owner Steve Neidhardt maintains the focus on selling fine wines and gourmet meats and groceries. Steve stocks Eastside Wines and Market with more than 450 different bottles of wine from all over the world, priced modestly at $10–$20 per bottle. He also carries craft beers, liquors, and single-malt whiskeys, with a selection of seasonal beers that rotates like a ballerina strapped to a ferris wheel. A longtime lover of vino, Steve studied at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center, earning a Wine Studies Level 3 certification. He shares his knowledge with the public during wine tastings and in private during tastings and catering for corporate events or special occasions. Eastside Wines and Market also delivers so that customers don’t have to leave to get snacks in the middle of a suspenseful weather forecast.
Beantown Pub Crawls commemorates the joy of the holidays with a few good beers and some celebratory strolls through Boston. Bringing revelers to some of the city's most beloved watering holes, Beantown's organized crawls ensure that holidays?including Valentine's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Christmas?can be celebrated on more than just one day. The Ugly Sweater Crawl encourages participants to don tastelessly festive threads as they help raise money for Toys for Tots, and previous events, such as Halloween's Costume Crawl, have involved significantly more outlandish duds.
Even the busiest barflies have that one tavern that they keep meaning to check out. That's part of the inspiration for the Boston Beerathon. The Beerathon gives locals the chance to explore a large number of area bars as they make new friends or just spend the day drinking with old ones. Though the event is curated to expose the quaffing class to some of the best watering holes in the city, revelers certainly aren't expected to guzzle at each one. Certain bars afford other forms of entertainment, including bands, DJs, or a visit from the tap-dancing ghost of Samuel Adams. Groups are welcome to celebrate by wearing team gear, and designated drivers are allowed to attend the event at no cost. A portion of all the proceeds will be donated to various charities and nonprofit organizations.
This Financial District wine shop offers a great selection of wine, beer and liquor, with some unusual perks. Customers who don’t know what kind of grape they’re in the mood for can try a sample from the on-site wine tasting machine, which has up to eight different bottles to enjoy sips from daily. Knowledgeable and friendly staff at the Boston Wine Exchange make shopping there a pleasure, though you don’t even have to venture inside if you know what you’re after – just call your order in ahead of time, then opt for curbside pickup. The shop also offers delivery service to both businesses and residences in downtown Boston, using a “green” service, Metro Pedal Power to send their bottles across Boston.
For dessert in Boston’s North End, make your way to La Summa, tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood location on Fleet Street. The ground floor eatery actually has residential housing above it, with beautifully designed black wrought iron railings that dazzle. Named after the owner’s grandmother, this neighborhood restaurant is popular with locals who come here for a cup of hot coffee, a sampling of limoncello or a nice frothy cappuccino to linger with over a cannoli. Dessert might also include a sampling of tiramisu or creamy ricotta cheesecake, with long conversations and an amiable waitstaff rounding out the evening.