South Boston Candlepin challenges bowlers to take aim at pintsize pins during rounds of a New England–born variation on the traditional lane-based game. On the alley’s hardwood lanes, bowlers roll 2.5-pound candlepin bowling balls that lack the holes and molten centers of their 10-pin counterparts. Developed in 1880 by a Massachusetts bowling-alley owner, candlepin bowling tasks participants with dispersing crowds of pins that are thinner than standard 10-pin targets and weigh just a little more than the balls that hunt them. While honing curves and picking up spares, bowlers compete in 10-frame games until someone usurps victory or starts cooing to the tiny balls like they're infants.
The menus at Barlow's combine traditional American recipes with a creative gourmet flare. Inaugurate your dinner with a helping of minted lamb skewers, served with sweet soy-and-almond pesto ($11). The fig and prosciutto pizza woos weary taste buds with its sweet saltiness, sealing the deal with added gorgonzola and arugula ($13) . Childhood nostalgia is deliciously evoked with thick slices of bacon-wrapped meatloaf saddled with mashed potatoes, garlic spinach, and mushroom gravy ($17). Hungry ears can feast on live jazz Tuesday nights, and pigskin buffs can catch up on NFL games throughout the season.
In Irish folklore, a banshee is a harbinger of sorrow, emitting high-pitched wails to warn family members of an impending death. However, at The Banshee, the shrieks come instead from joyous fans as a Celtic F.C. striker fires a shot into the back of the net. Visit early in the morning or late at night to enjoy a full slate of European sports streaming live on 10 flat-screen TVs. Champions League soccer shares space with rugby, hurling, and extreme Highlands sunbathing, as well as NFL, NBA, and March Madness games.
Chefs whip up hearty traditional dishes including bangers and mash, fish 'n' chips, and seafood pie, pitting them against a reliably North American array of burgers and pizzas. When the final whistle blows, guests celebrate on the dance floor to live DJ music or sing a cathartic, mournful duet with the karaoke machine.
Featuring the final eight contestants from NBC's hit series The Voice, Sprint Presents The Voice Live On Tour delights vocal aficionados with an evening of windpipe wizardry. Season winner Javier Colon will be joined by finalists Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, and Vicci Martinez, plus runners-up Xenia, Nakia, Frenchie Davis, and Casey Weston, weaving audible tapestries that ensnare hearts like so many bear traps baited with love. The concert will take place at the outdoor Bank of America Pavilion, with a sturdy roof protecting concertgoers from the distracting vagaries of the elements. The venue's sound system and carefully crafted acoustics ensure a clear sound, preventing music notes from muddling into indistinguishable dins or confusedly bursting into "Free Bird."