Night Shift Owl’s Nest
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If camping were allowed on the Esplanade, we’d pitch a tent next to the Owl’s Nest all summer so we’d never have to leave. Sure, we wouldn’t have the best personal hygiene, but who cares about a few deer ticks when you have beers from one of the city’s best breweries and rotating food at your tent flap? Don’t let summer slip away until you’ve spent at least one evening here as the sun sets on the Charles.
Wed-Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
It’s possible that there’s a better place to drink beer in Boston than under the swaying trees and cafe lights on the Esplanade as sailboats glide by on the river, but only in the way that it’s also possible to consistently make your bed. It gets crowded here after work and on weekend afternoons, but it’s just about the happiest crowd you’ll ever be in.
Thankfully, the side of truth and justice is winning the war against beer gardens, which means that Boston will once again have so many this summer that you can practically go to a different one every single weekend between now and Labor Day. Our favorite, though, is Night Shift’s Esplanade location. Even the most devout atheist would admit that drinking New England IPAs under swaying trees and string lights while sailboats gently tack in the Charles is proof that someone, somewhere wants human beings to be happy.
We swear this guide is not sponsored by Night Shift - they just happen to have quite a few locations. Their summer Owl’s Nest locations, both at the Esplanade and in Allston, are both open. Visit their website for specific hours, and to make a reservation.