I spent the whole weekend apartment hunting with a friend, so I have gotten to know my little corner of Boston even better than previously. And I must say Brighton is just full of tiny little cafes, parks, and boutiques that are just bursting with charm. I couldn’t be happier that I live here. If you are looking for a place to live in Boston that gives you access to every other part of Boston and won’t break your budget into a million pieces, Brighton is the horse you should be betting on.
In unrelated/related news, one of my friends just gave me the awesomest present ever for my birthday: A Boston themed moleskin notebook. It is pocket sized and included maps, notes, and places to record all the information and adventures in this city I could have ever hoped for. I keep it in my bag wherever I go now and I want to fill it with all the inside secrets about Boston that I can. And if I end up moving to another city, I will pick up another notebook and start again.
So in honor of these two things I want to give you a few of my favorite Boston things:
Favorite place to see an indie film: Coolidge Corner Theatre
This place is a restored art deco theatre that shows all those weird and awesome movies that you can never really find elsewhere, plus some classics you normally wouldn’t get to see on the big screen. I saw The Blues Brothers there in a packed theatre with everyone dressed up and singing along. They also serve booze, so get on that.
Favorite old man bar: Corrib Pub
Also in Coolidge Corner, this Irish pub is out of the way and inconspicuous and is pretty much only populated by older gentlemen. They also have great pub food and the best Guinness pour I’ve ever had. It is quiet and the service is great. It is an alternative to the usual Boston sports or club bar that tends to show up everywhere.
Favorite ice cream parlor: White Mountain
This is up right across from Boston College, so right in my neck of the woods. I get the coffee oreo in a cup with chocolate chip cookie dough on top. The ice cream is rich and hella yummy. And you can eat it sitting on a bench looking out at the reservoir, if you haven’t gobbled it all up by the time you get there, that is.
Favorite place to eat truffle fries and drink red wine: Devlin’s
This bar is very classy, has live jazz music now and again, and has insanely great food. But there are a ton of great places to eat in this area. The reason I choose this place is that they serve my favorite cheap wine: Smoking Loon, and they have parmesan topped fries cooked in truffle oil with garlic aioli mayo. Combine those two, with some good friends and some jazz in the background…. and prepare to be in classy heaven. And all for under $20.
Now that should be enough to get you salivating and heading straight out the door if you are living in this area. If not, well next time you visit my neck of the woods you will know where to start 🙂
Hope you all are having a great week!