Now is the best time of year to visit Salem, Massachusettes. Salem is greatly known for the Salem Witch trials of 1692, in which numerous townspeople were on trial and hung for suspected witchcraft. Because of this eerie and historic event, Salem is particularly popular during the Halloween season.
Here are a few reasons to check out Salem during the month of October:
Shops: There are a lot of small shops in the city center, most of which are themed for the spirit of Salem. It is especially fun to check out these small shops during this time of year but be mindful of store hours. Shops like Enchanted, Hex: Old World Witchery and the Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery are just a few to check out.
Bars & Restaurants: Like Boston, there are some bars and restaurants in Salem that go all out for Halloween with decorations, costume contests and festive music! Not only is this a fun destination to go to but might serve as a nice break in between walking. In addition to the bars and restaurants, there will be a food court from October 12th to the 31st for those who want to grab something and go!
Tours: There are multiple ghost and historical tours going on now in Salem! Some of them are 21+ but most are great for all ages!
From celebrity appearances to trick or treating to arts and crafts, this place has all the makings of an awesome night! Celebrity appearances include Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare on Elm's Street
and Tony Moran, better known as Michael Myers from Halloween
. Most events will be going on throughout the month. For a full list of events and dates, click here
For further information on Salem's culture and events, please check out Salem.com and HauntedHappenings.org.
Red Sox season is about to be in full swing! Can't make it to the game? Here's a few suggestions on the best Boston bars to sit and watch the game.
82 Landsdowne St, Boston, MA
Game On is located in Fenway Park and has over 90 HGTV's! Always a good crowd and decent food. Apparently you can also get a group together and reserve space overlooking the visiting team batting cages inside Fenway Park. If Game On is too crowded, try Cask 'N Flagon!
Bleacher Bar82A Lansdowne St Boston, MA 02215(617) 262-2424
This is a tiny bar located on the side of Fenway. Located near center field, the Bleacher Bar looks out into Fenway through a protective barrier so you can watch the game from the bar. One of the biggest perks, you can watch the game and you don't have to grab the last round at the bottom of the 7th inning.
Don't want to trek over to Fenway but will be in the Boston area? Here are a few other suggestions for you...
Brighton Beer Garden
386 Market St Brighton, MA 02135
I would consider this a townie bar because its not in the center of Boston. Lots of TVs, good crowd and really good nachos. Get there early though because this place fills up fast! My suggestion for an alternative bar would be Tavern in the Square in Allston. Tavern in the Square in Allston is great for people who are in the area and a little bigger than Brighton Beer Garden.
110 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02116
This bar is great for those who are in the Copley area. Located in the Prudential Mall, this bar has two large televisions and a decent amount of seating. What I enjoy about this place is during the game they will actually have the sound on rather than keep music playing like they do at some bars in the area. Pop in just to get the score or stay for a few drinks and some food.
My birthday was this past Saturday, and I took the advice of some friends and headed over to Hennesey's at 25 Union Street near Fanieul Hall. I am regretting not filming my experience (in order to really show you how much fun this place is), but to say the least, it was awesome!!
Word of advice: When you walk in, immediately go upstairs!
If you like good bands, large dance floors, and awesome songs, then this is the place for you. I started off the night in the back lounge upstairs (not so loud) sippin' on some drinks. Before I knew it, I was dancing to oldies, rap, and anything else you can think of. The environment there is very laid back but hip at the same time. Check out their calendar and make sure to plan a night at Hennessy's. I know for a fact that I will be heading back there soon!
Who knows, you may even see me there shakin' it like a..... salt shaker.
If you are a BU student, or a resident in the Brighton/Allston area than you may want to go ahead and clear today for something a little more important. Have to study? I'm not trying to be a bad influence but let me reassure you - you WILL be missed, BY ME! Today is the day to be shameless and drink it down y'all. Head over to Joshua Tree to start the day off with games, food, prizes, and of course, The Patriots! This is a great way to kick off your Halloween festivities. Besides, you may need a few drinks in you to shake some of the embarrassment away... you know you will be feeling a little awkward in your Batman costume tonight so what are you waiting for. Get out of bed now. YES YOU! and walk on over to Allston's Halloween Bar Crawl!
When: Saturday October 27th
Time: 3pm - 9pm
Costumes: Optional but Recommended!
Registration: Joshua Tree, Allston MA
1 Ticket - $25
3 Tickets - $65 ($21/person)
5 Tickets - $80 ($16/person)
Raffles and Prizes: From 8:30pm - 9pm (Joshua Tree)
Raffle: 2 Patriot Football Game Tickets!
The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is this Sunday so hurry up and get your tickets fast! This is an indoor and outdoor event and all of the Lansdowne Street bars and restaurants will be open.
Is the Pats game a must for you? Well you're in luck because The Patriots game will be shown on over 200 televisions (something tells me this is going to be crazy) Tickets include entrance to the streets, indoor and outdoor bars, parties at the clubs, and SAMPLING 100 OF PHANTOM'S FAVORITE FOODS! Yeaaaahhhhhhhh this is pretty much a wicked awesome event. Food. Alcohol. Football.
I will see y'all in on Landsdowne!
I was aimlessly walking through South End last weekend and happened to stumble (luckily stumble that is) into an amazing pub - aka JJ Foley's. I was looking for a laid back kind of evening, and got just that... or something like that. After the families and children rolled out after dinner (and after I had stuffed my face with a quesadilla that no Mexican restaurant could ever top) the place really started kickin. In fact, there was a line out the door.
I began to talk to my bartender and found out that he was the owner's son. I made some friends at the bar and shortly found out that this was Boston's OLDEST FAMILY OWNED RESTERAUNT! Okay, so maybe I'm a little too obsessed with history, but if you ask me (and any local) JJ Foley's is a hot spot for everyone. If you are looking to have a great dinner and great drinks, and don't want to completely kill your wallet, then head on over to JJ Foley's. Looking for a Saturday night hot spot kinda bar? This is your place too.
OHHH and just when you think it doesn't get any better... When I asked to take a picture with the owner Jimmy and his son I was taken by surprise. Jimmy's second son - aka my future husband ;) - jumped in the back of the picture. Family owned for sure!
The Harpoon Brewery -and being dead serious you guys - is a fun and interesting tour. You get to taste the beer at various stages in the brew process (sounds risky, right?). Lucky for you, Harpoon Beers each have their own individual characteristics in terms of taste, color and body. Their goal is to make beers that are distinctive and, most importantly, a pleasure to drink. Well, if you ask me, the raspberry beer was outstanding. Delicious actually. And since I have been, and am in a pretty good mood, I will actually give you a pointer. THE LITTLE BROWN JUG! Yes, it's obnoxious, but you get free refills! So what's so special about this place? Well, i'm not quite too sure, but I do know that everyone I have ever ran into in Boston has been there so get on it if you haven't been yet. And oh yeah - BY THE WAY- be sure to get tickets early because they typically sell out by noon.
It's not every day you get to have a history lesson and then drink it for all its' worth! Experience the entire brewing process, from start to finish in Jamaica Plain. Taste the special malts used to brew Samuel Adams® beers and smell the Hallertau hops. Getting excited? Well sign up for a tour!
Tours depart about every 45 minutes, and last about an hour. This includes 21oz of beer to taste if you are old enough. (REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ID) The tour is FREE but a $2 donation to local Boston charities is encouraged.
Afraid you will get lost headed to 30 Germania Street, Boston, MA 02130? Just take the orange line to the Stony Brook stop, take a left and follow the brewery signs. AND YES, there are brewey signs! (I hope they have signs to help you get back to the train, considering that would make more sense, right?)
Now this is definitely the ultimate Boston pub crawl! James and Josh (honestly, these are just two random people who I found on the internet) began this ultimate drinking frenzy pub crawl seven years ago, for really no reason at all. The original name of the pub crawl was The Freedom Trail Pub Crawl since it loosely followed the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA. There are tons of bars along the route, many of which are world-renowned for their history and total awesomeness.
For all you early birds who actually show up on time, it's starts at The Place in Boston so call in advance for directions! OR, you could do what I do and ask the taxi driver, but who knows where you will end up then? You know what, just mapquest it!
So why not? Enjoy drinks at over 12 bars in the government center area with 100 of your closest Bostonian friends through the historic Faneuil Hall area. The organizers have negotiated specials at most bars and free food is provided at specialty bars. Play games, win ridiculous prizes like Sox tickets, and make new friends over a few pints. It's the 7th Annual Crawl they are doing so you know they must be doing something right (or maybe they just drink so much they can't remember so they keep repeating the same thing every year?) Either way, I know i'm going so I better see you there Saturday, July 21, from 12:30pm to 9:00pm. Sweet t-shirt, too.
Head to the Seaport World Trade Center to celebrate 100 American Brewers and 400 craft beers!
Starting June 3 to June 4.
Sounds like a GRAND time.
Click here to get tickets and more information.