Address: 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Best Nights: Summer nights, Red Sox nights (for some people), Friday, Saturday
Who Goes There: Variety of people, young and older. More women than men. Red Sox fans (post game). Ages 24-50.
Special: None but available late night menu until 1 AM
BYFAD Location: No
As many times as I had been in and around Kenmore Square, I had NO clue that the Eastern Standard existed. Even when I DID know it was there, I didn’t think much of it.
Not thinking that there was anything else in the area besides Hotel Commonwealth’s Foundation Lounge, the Eastern Standard has become one of my favorite spots in Boston. Conveniently located near Fenway Park, the Standard can draw tons of people after home games. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you feel about Red Sox fans. I know some people who hate the experience and others who don’t mind as much.
In the summer, they open up the patio and allow outside drinking and eating under an overhang, which can be clutch if it decides to rain – an inevitable occurrence this summer in Boston. Walking inside, the restaurant is pretty much split into two different areas. The more important side, the left side will take you to the bar area. It’s a pretty large bar so there are plenty of seats. The only downside of such a long bar is that with only 2 bartenders working, you may have to wait a while for a drink if it’s a busy night. They try their hardest so I won’t hate on them. Add the fact that the bartenders are really cool and personable and then you don’t mind at all because if you go enough, it’s like waiting to see your buddy.
The other thing I love about the Standard has to be the music. Reggae music for most of the night and it just makes the atmosphere so relaxed and fun. Nothing can make you feel better than sipping on a drink listening to the tunes of the legend, Bob Marley.
I could go on and on about how cool this place is. I haven’t even mentioned the Bone Marrow that they serve late at night! But it’s one of those places that you have to go and check out for yourself. Definitely grab a couple of your friends and have a drink or two at the Standard. Chances are, you’ll see me there, so don’t be shy. I give this place an A- (90).
Can be fun after Sox games
Awesome bartending staff
A great spot when it’s quiet and when it’s packed
Can be NOT fun after Sox games
May have to wait a while to get a drink
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