Ever since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck convinced the world that a janitor from Southie could do wicked hard math and, harder still, keep the Infinite Corridor spotless, Boston's movie star has shone bright. And because Hollywood is so slavish about realistic portrayals, everyone here is always drinking, frequently at well-known local watering holes. With that in mind, this 11-stop pub crawl from Cambridge to Southie hits all the spots you may or may not recognize from your favorite flicks.
Stop One: Good Will Hunting Kick things off in Harvard Square at the location where Matt Damon uttered perhaps his most famous line ever, but don't expect to like any of them hard apple ciders -- the scene was shot at a bar called the Bow & Arrow Pub on Mass Ave, which is now a Dunkin' Donuts. Fitting.
stealing the idea for starting Facebook after getting dumped by his girlfriend at Inman Square Irish pub The Thirsty Scholar. Dodge the tourists as you cut across campus before strolling down Kirkland and banging a right on Beacon to get there
Stop Ten: The Town It wouldn't feel right to discuss The Town without actually hitting Charlestown, so definitely use Uber or Hailo or the telephone to call a cab and head to Bunker Hill for a draught at the Irish drinking den known as Old Sully's, whose history stretches back to pre-Prohibition.
Stop Eleven: Mystic River Assuming you possess a Roger Ebert-like enthusiasm for movies and aren't passed out in front of the Charlestown Ninety Nine, hail one last cab and put the day to rest way across town at Jamaica Plain's Doyle’s Cafe, which opened in 1882 and has been featured in many a Hollywood blockbuster, and whose tap room was once described by director Clint Eastwood as "the perfect spot to shoot a bar scene"
Assuming 11 stops isn't enough, what other Hub movie bars would you add to the list? Maybe something from the Departed? Boondock Saints? Drop it in the comments below.
1. Grendel's Den89 Winthrop St, Cambridge
2. The Thirsty Scholar70 Beacon St, Somerville
3. People's Republik878 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
4. Sonsie327 Newbury St, Boston
5. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe429 Columbus Ave, Boston
6. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin560 Harrison Ave, Boston
7. Murphy's Law837 Summer St, South Boston
8. L Street Tavern658 E 8th St, Boston
9. Doyle's Cafe3484 Washington St, Boston
This Harvard Square hot spot is home to all walks of life (read: Harvard and Cambridge students). Grab one of their unique brew choices and relax in the bar that noted Harvard hottie Natalie Portman used to hang in.
The name says it all: during the week, this dark brick and bookshelf-lined pub is on the quieter end, hosting trivia night and regulars hoping to catch some of whatever game is airing. On the weekends, it turns into a party spot with all 11 TVs on and a low roar reverberating through the room. The hearty pub food is exactly what you might expect, with a few offbeat options like the kale potstickers with mango habanero dipping sauce and spicy Scholar’s mussels.
Located in Central Square, this dive bar boasts some impressive Soviet pride. Enjoy one of the 10+ burger options on their menu, while slugging a few locally brewed beers.
Award-winning Chef Bill Poirier serves up international cuisine in this French-flaired establishment. Located on Newbury Street, Sonsie serves up signature and seasonal dishes, while the Wine Room downstairs gives diners a chance to experience unique artisanal grapes.
Known for their award-winning eggs and turkey hash, as well as serving frequent known patrons like Mark Wahlberg. Who wouldn't want a dose of Marky Mark and and hash in the early morning hours?
Parisian brasserie complete with cafe tables, communal booths, and an eclectic bar. Extensive wine list with over 20 French wines by the glass, and an impressive menu chock full o' Parisian delicacies.
Murphy's Law is a very "Southie" dive bar, which means only three things: rugged but cool bartenders, strong drinks, and cash only. Don't skip out on the pizza.
Perfect for jukebox junkies, L Street Tavern's a South End dive known for its loud atmosphere, good drinks, and overall extreme Boston pride. It's equipped with a TV to watch the Bruins win (or lose... let the debate begin).
A Hollywood-blockbuster scene that has been around since 1882 (it feels like a saloon... if you're into that sort of thing), Doyle's plays host to the yearly St. Patrick's Day merriment, serving up standard Irish-American cuisine and lots of beer.