Heading to Boston for ALA Midwinter and want to make sure you see more than the convention floor? DK has you covered. Check out these spots from our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Boston guide, all located near the conference center.
And don’t forget to visit DK at Booth #1830 for galleys, giveaways, and more!
Salty Pig (15 minutes/car)
130 Dartmouth Street ($$$)
Craft beers, porcine charcuterie, and pizza! Check out Salty Pig for a trendy bistro meal in a cool loft-like restaurant.
Parish Cafe (15 minutes/car)
361 Boylston Street ($$)
Creative, delicious sandwiches invented by local chefs! Parish Cafe is a great place for a bite that you can proudly post on Instagram.
Met Back Bay (15 minutes/car)
279 Dartmouth Street ($$$)
A local steakhouse chain, you can order a burger, seafood, or steak. The Met Back Bay menu is diverse and has an award-winning wine menu. Don’t eat meat? Check out the pasta or salad!
The Playwright (5 minutes/car)
658 East Broadway
A spiffy Dublin-style neighborhood pub with an oak bar, great drinks, and good food, located conveniently close to the convention center. Kick back and enjoy.
Boston Beer Garden (5 minutes/car)
732 East Broadway
Modern pub food combined with local brews at this local watering hole. Grab some classic clam chowder here! Also open for brunch on Sunday—start your day off with waffles.
Amrhein’s (7 minutes/car)
80 West Broadway
The hand-carved oak bar in Amrhein’s has been a South Boston fixture since 1890—and they had the first draft beer pump in Boston. A neighborhood bar with a focus on New England flavors, the chefs use local ingredients so you get an authentic taste of Boston.
Places to see
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (5 minutes/car or 12 minutes/foot)
Congress Street Bridge
Visit three replica Boston Tea Party ships and hear costumed storytellers recount the historical tale. Visitors can board one of the vessels and reenact the tossing of the tea. In the museum, one of the original crates can be viewed before getting a nice cup of fairly taxed tea at Abigail’s Tea Room.
Institute of Contemporary Art (6 minutes/car)
100 Northern Avenue
Founded in 1936 as a sister to New York’s MoMA, the ICA houses cutting-edge art and focuses primarily on 21st-century work. The museum also features the performing arts, video, and literature works. During January, the Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933–1957 exhibition will be at the museum. Visit www.icaboston.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum (6 minutes/car)
308 Congress Street
Boston Children’s Museum pioneered the interactive-exhibit concept that has been incorporated into museums all over the world. Visit the science playground, play with soap bubbles, and stop by the Big Dig construction zone.
Boston’s subway and trolley system is known as the T and can get you almost anywhere in the city. Visit www.mbta.com for more information. Make sure to pick up a T pass for unlimited travel on the MBTA system ($12/day or $19/week).
Boston’s buses run less frequently than the T, and they require exact change for your fare. Maps are available on www.mbta.com.
Taxis can be hailed on the street or found at taxi stands throughout the city. If you’d like to arrange a pickup, call 617-262-2227 (Boston Cab) or 617-547-3000 (Cambridge & Boston Taxi Cab Service).
Want more recommendations from DK? Make sure to pick up DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Boston before your trip!