Cheeky Monkey on Landsowne feels less like a brewery and more like a Dave & Busters that happens to brew its own beer. In theory, we appreciate big giant places filled with ping pong tables, billiards, and shuffleboard. But we’d prefer they not come with mediocre beer, standard bar food, drunk bros who are definitely going to get kicked out of the Sox game by the 5th inning, and a technicolor decor that makes us wonder if we’re high on whatever the director was using when they made the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Orfano is an Italian steakhouse in the Fenway. It has a three-foot tall pepper mill, so that’s something.
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Down The Road Beer Co.
Down The Road in Everett is a great brewery, and not just because it’s one of the few places in Boston where you can eat with your dog.
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
There are a lot of reasons to love Lamplighter, a Cambridge brewery. You’ll probably find one of them within minutes of walking in.
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Nathalie is a relaxed wine bar in the Fenway with small bites and an interesting wine list.
Time Out Market
Time Out Market is a giant food hall in Fenway with stalls run by some great Boston restaurants. It’s cool, but be prepared to pay the tourist tax.
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