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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play Ball in Boston

Welcome to Boston, brothah! Get ready to eat, shop and sight see your way though this charming, intellectual New England town.

EAT

The Beehive
All bejeweled red velvet drapes and antique chandeliers, this boho/burlesque late-night spot makes cool cocktails and delicious comfort food—and is one of the best, most eclectic live-music scenes in Boston.
541 Tremont Ave., 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com

The Buttery
Go with your fam for French toast and huevos rancheros on Sundays; bring your laptop and order a latte for a productive afternoon; order a cheeseburger and a beer for dinner. This cozy South End neighborhood café is just that kind of whenever/whatever kind of place.
314 Shawmut Ave., 617-482-1127, southendbuttery.com
 
Fenway Park
David Ortiz? The Green Monster? Yawkey Way? No? Well, even if you’re not up on your baseball trivia, it’s still kind of magical to see a Red Sox game at Fenway. The intimate, historical stadium is right in the heart of the city and home to some of the craziest, most devout fans in baseball. As for tickets, the Sox kind of suck right now, so—silver lining—affordable seats at this always-pricey venue might be easier to come by once the 2013 season starts!
4 Yawkey Way, 617-226-6666, boston.redsox.mlb.com
 
Garment District
Upstairs at this wacky, rambling vintage-and-costume emporium, find everything from ‘80s plaid shirts and denim vests to Obama masks and Sargeant Pepper uniforms. Downstairs, sift through piles and piles of used clothing. Fill a bag with your finds, weigh it at the end and pay a crazy-cheap $1.50/pound.
200 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-876-5230, garmentdistrict.com
 
Hamersley’s Bistro
Order the chicken. Don’t question it. Just order the chicken. Oh, and make a reservation. This renowned, locally-loved South End bistro books up weeks in advance.
553 Tremont St., 617-423-2700, hamersleysbistro.com
 
SLEEP
There are lot of high-quality places to sleep in B-town. From five-star chains to unique boutique spots, here are our faves:
 
Luxury: The Four Seasons
The views overlooking the Public Gardens are alone worth a night in this indulgent hotel. Stellar service and the pricey-but-delicious Bristol Lounge restaurant enhance the splurge-appeal.
200 Boyston, St., 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com/boston

Hotspot: The Liberty Hotel
Formerly the Charles Street Jail, this very cool Beacon Hill hotel has almost 300 guestrooms and some of the best people watching in Boston. At the very least, stop in to check out the stunning lobby (complete with ninety-foot-high ceilings) and to have a drink at one of the hotel’s five sceney/fun bars.
215 Charles St., 617-224-4000, libertyhotel.com

B&B: Clarendon Square Inn
This cozy bed & breakfast occupies a historic South End townhouse—and combines nostalgic charm (marble fire places, cozy reading nooks) with cool modern things like a roof deck hot tub.
198 W Brookline St., 617-536-2229, clarendonsquare.com

PLAY

Museum of Fine Arts
Drop in before February 3rd, to ensure you don’t miss the provocative, ultra-glamorous exhibit featuring celebrity photography Mario Testino’s work. STUNNING.
465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
 

Sundaes on Saturdays
Every Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., the Four Seasons’s Bristol Lounge restaurant transforms into an all-desserts extravaganza. Some of the highlights from wizard-like pastry chef Tim Fonseca: a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar, mini cheesecakes and chocolate devil’s food cake tower. Honestly, just skip dinner and come here.
200 Boylston St., 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com/boston

Mr. Barley’s
Yes, it’s touristy (lines out the door, a kitschy menu with items named for famous Bostonians, like “The Tom Brady,” and—ugh—“The Scott Brown”), but there’s a legit reason why this landmark burger spot is always mobbed: the burgers, duh. They’re so so so good, and massive enough to fuel an afternoon of walking around Cambridge.
1246 Massachusetts Ave., 617-354-6559, mrbartley.com

 

Image: Sundaes on Saturdays dessert buffet at the Four Seasons in Boston courtesy of fourseasons.com/boston

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