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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lord Hobo Review

Lord Hobo, or also known as the old "B-Side place" has opened and us bloggers stopped by.

The bar is relatively the same as the old location, with new tables and lighting. The menu features two or three pages of beer and wine, and you can order beer by 25 oz. bottle and/or cask. There is a page of cocktails filled with "hobo slang", but I veered towards my old standard. The food menu is rather limited (heavy on the appetizers) and the entrees were mid range. I'd recommend the curry fries, especially for a late night snack. Brunch will be added soon.

The wait staff was very polite and though there was a line outside we did not have to wait long for table (for 10). The scene is what you'd expect it to be for Cambridge - hipsters galore...not in a bad way. :)

After a few days, Lord Hobo seems to be excelling at what the B-Side was good at - a great neighborhood bar with a variety of drinks and a laid back atmosphere. Stop by when you are in the neighborhood. Lord Hobo is located at 92 Hampshire Street in Cambridge and is open until 1:00am.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Symphony 8 Opens This Weekend

Back Bay has a new hot spot, and that's Symphony 8. The restaurant boast 3 full bars, and two different type of specialty menus and coming soon - a speakeasy area.

The first bar/pub is Sinasa, which is an Irish drinking pub featuring Irish breakfast all day (black pudding, here I come!), fish and chips, shepherd's pie and over 60 beers on tap. The pub also features HD TVs for viewing sports. According to Daily Candy, in a few weeks, you can go through a secret bookcase in the corner and head down the stairs to Prohibited, a speakeasy with plenty of booths for lounging. I've decided this speakeasy trend was brought on by Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass. In a good way. :)

The second half is Symphony 8 Bistro, where the menu features duck confit and other tasty bits. The restaurants also feature $8 menu deals, so in this economy, that's a nice touch. So, head over there for a date fellas, and when it doesn't work out, there is a good old standard pub to meet the fellas at. Actually, that gives me an idea for Sundays... ;)

Symphony 8 is located 8 Westland Ave. Click here for more info.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hit Up the SMFA Sale This Weekend

Fine art doesn't have to cost a million dollars. Head over to the School at the Museum of Fine Arts this weekend for the school's annual sale. Click here for all the info.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Woodward Bar & Restaurant Opens

Boston is getting its fair share of lux hotels. First the W and now the the Ames Hotel, located at One Court Street, or City Hall Plaza. And inside this Ames Hotel is the new Woodward Bar.

Woodward is a contemporary tavern from Mark Goldberg and the folks behind Mistral. Sounds like it will be another venue for cocktails and people watching - two things that are always my favorites. For more info on Woodward and the hotel, click here.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Opera Boston Underground Tonight

Opera Boston is celebrating National Opera Week (Nov. 13—22) along with opera companies all over the country, by presenting a FREE installment of the popular Opera Boston Underground cabaret series on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. This special National Opera Week program is called “Operatic Acrobatics: Opera Without a Net", will be presented at the intimate Lizard Lounge (1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). This FREE show is 21+, and reservations are not accepted. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the 45-minute show starts at 7:30.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Frog Pond Skating to open

Ice skating novices and aficionados should jot down Thursday November 19th on their calendar as the day the Frog Pond reopens for the season.

Opening night will feature special events.

Follow the jump for hours and prices.

Sun - Thurs: 10 am to 9 pm (Monday close at 4 pm)
Fri - Sat: 10 am to 10 pm

Special hours on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

13 and Under: Free Admission, Skate rental $5
Over 14: $4 Admission, Skate rental $8

Press release


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lord Hobo Opens Tomorrow

I have many friends who totally miss the B-Side near Inman Square in Cambridge. Well tomorrow Lord Hobo, it's replacement is opening.

Lord Hobo is more bar than restaurant, featuring 30 beers on tap and a cocktail list longer than it's food menu. Click here for the cocktail and beer list. The new interior should be worth a look, too. Lord Hobo is located at 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge and is open Monday-Friday 5:00pm-1:00am and Saturday & Sunday from 1:00pm-1:00am.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Central Bottle Opens Today!

Oh, I'm excited for this one, folks. Central Bottle, a new wine and provisions store is opening in Central Square today. It's going to rock your world!

Central Wine will offer a variety of goods - not just wine, but beer and cheeses, olive oil and all those delightful, yummy things that go perfectly with a good pino. Are you salivating? Yeah, me too. :)

What is unique about Central Bottle is that they will be offering wine maker videos (using Skype), Thursday wine bars and local chef pairings. In addition, you can contact the place for private parties - in store or at your home.

Central Bottle is located at 196 Mass Ave (near Novartis) and is open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Thursday 11am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm. For more info, click here.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Buffalo Exchange Now Open in Davis Square

In this economy, it's good to be frugal and good for the environment. The folks at Buffalo Exchange seem to get that. This national chain buy, sells and trades clothes at reasonable prices. The Davis Square location is taking over the old Hollywood Express location and is open 12pm-7pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Photo courtesy of


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ravioli Rumble @ Dante on Sunday

So did you go to the "Ball Brawl" meatball event a year ago at Dante and love it? Yeah, some of us did too. And the folks at Dante read our minds, like an Edward Cullen, and are giving us Ravioli Rumble this Sunday for a mere $20.

The event will take place on the patio and will establish who's got the best raviolis in the city. You be the judge - tasting all of the tasty creations, and mingling with Boston's award-winning chefs. The chef who creates the winning raviolis will receive a grand prize. Chefs from the following restaurants are planned - Restaurant dante, Prezza, Toro, Harvest, Tremont 647, Sage and many, more.
Reserve your spot at Events@restaurantdante or 617-497-4200. Ciao!


Community Day at the MFA Today!

Have hump day off? Head over to the MFA and enjoy Community Day - free entry (even to the special exhibit), special events and more from 10:00 am - 4:45pm. Click here for all the details.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Boston's Veterans Day Parade

Wednesday November 11 is Veterans Day.

A parade in Boston will start at 1 pm to honor our veterans and current armed service members. The parade starts at Beacon and Charles St (NW corner of the Boston Common), heads down Charles St to Boylston St. and then Tremont St. The parade ends with speeches at City Hall Plaza.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Mad Men Finale Party @ Noir

Goodbye Don, Betty and Peggy - I will miss you.

Calling all fans, head over to Noir tomorrow night and bring out your inner Don or Betty. The party gets started at 9:00pm with retro drinks and snacks and the show is presented at 10:00pm. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Restaurant News

As G Funk mentioned to you yesterday, we are hoping you are rockin' the vote today. And when you are done, I have some fun news for you today.

It's been in the grapevine for awhile now, but Kendall Square is getting some new restaurants. EVOO, which now resides on Beacon Street in Somerville will be moving over and the same proprietors are bringing Arlington fave Za to the same location as well (this will be Za's 2nd location). Za features great pizzas and salads. Opening is planed for around February 2010.

Sasso in Back Bay is now being called Lucca Back Bay. The menu will be very similar to its parent restaurant in the North End.

The Regal Beagle opened in Coolidge Corner recently. It's from the folks who brought us Church. The vibe has been said to be lounge/bistro and features a bar with 20 beers and fun cocktails. Anything with lobster roll sliders will drag me out of the house. :) The Beagle is located at 208 Harvard Street.

Lastly, Bistro du Midi will open by the end of November in the former Excelsior spot on Boylston Street. Expect upscale dining at its best.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Boston Municipal Election on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 3 is election day in Boston.

On the ballot are positions for Mayor, City Councilors-at-Large and District City Councilors. Here is a list of candidates on the ballot.

The race that has garnered the most attention is for Mayor between 4-term Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty. Based on the four way primary that whittled the candidates down to two, Menino should win this pretty easily. If, however, Flaherty gets the combined non-Menino votes from the primary then this election could be incredibly exciting.

Having the Boston municipal elections in an "off year" (no national or state-wide elections) allows these races to be the sole focus for voters, which is good. Historically though there has been low turnout that likely benefits incumbents, which could be bad. In any case, vote on Tuesday and have your say!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Livin' La Musica Latina

I've been everywhere this past month, and I am now finally back in Beantown. I hope everyone had a good Halloween. I was down in NYC and saw 4 Lady Gagas and two guys being Swine Flu...oh, the latter was my favorite. ;)

Anyways, November has begun and Berklee is kickin' it off with Latin Culture Celebration 2009. The month is offering a variety of latin music from Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezulea and more.

This month's celebration is the 11th annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, and are open to the public. Concerts are all around Berklee and cost form $10 to FREE. For the full schedule of musicians, click here.