Charles and Cambridge streets mark the livelier borders of the majestic State House and leafy, patrician enclaves of Beacon Hill. You’ll find art galleries, cozy pubs, and small restaurants along the one, and Old West Church, Harrison Otis House, and major hospitals Mass General and Mass Eye and Ear on the other. Opposite the stunning glass and steel Charles Street T station looms the old jailhouse, now housing the swank Liberty Hotel. Towards the harbor, The TD Garden, playground of the Celtics and Bruins, dominates North Station and its satellite brewpubs, sports bars, and restaurants.
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Boston Beer Works
Boston Beer Works
This is a "naked brewery," with all the works exposed—the tanks, pipes, and gleaming stainless-steel and copper kettles used in producing beer. Seasonal brews, in addition to 16 microbrews on tap, draw students, young adults, and tourists alike to the original location (its sibling by the TD Garden is popular, too). The atmosphere is too crowded and noisy for intimate chats, and good luck trying to get in when there's a home game.
Named after the amendment that ended Prohibition, this convivial pub, across from the State House, draws state legislators, lobbyists, and neighborhood regulars, who trade gossip and insider info on notched wooden tables over beer and barbecued chicken salad. Come Sunday night for lively team trivia—and discounted chicken wings.
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