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A Boston Marathon bar crawl could be just the thing to take your Marathon Monday festivities to the next level.


A word to begin, however. Actually, three words: please drink responsibly. Seriously. I had this idea of putting together a bar crawl to celebrate Marathon Monday and the very next thought that crossed my mind was along the lines of “yeah, but isn’t a bar crawl a form of binge drinking? Is that something you really want to promote?” No, I don’t want to promote binge drinking. Hence the repetition of the three words: please drink responsibly. Pace yourself. Hydrate. Take breaks. Use public transportation.


Or just put it off! The cool thing about this particular crawl is that you don’t have to do it on Marathon Monday. It was just inspired by the race route. What this is, in the end, is just a list of bars in each of the eight cities and towns that the Boston Marathon route passes through. Logistically, it might be better for you to NOT do it on Marathon Monday, given the road restrictions and shutdowns before and during race day. But hey, that’s your call to make. I just came up with the list.


Boston Marathon Bar Crawl: Drink Your Way From Hopkinton to Boston

I chose the eight bars on the list; it’s not somebody else’s list with my witty quips. That being said, if you live in one of these towns or cities and are aghast that I didn’t highlight your favorite local watering hole, just let me know on the ROCK 92.9 Facebook or Twitter. If I get enough suggestions, I’ll put together a crowdsourced “Part 2.” Because again, this is a Marathon Monday-inspired bar crawl. But it’s good for anytime you and the crew are feeling adventurous. Just remember: please drink responsibly.

  • Hopkinton

    Start Line Brewing – I mean, c’mon. It’s a mile and a half from the Marathon starting line! That’s a no-brainer!

  • Ashland

    Stone’s Public House – Just a “stones throw” (ha!) from the historical Marathon route. And talk about history: Stone’s has been around for so long locals say it’s haunted. Spooky!

  • Framingham

    Jack’s Abby Beer Hall – The brewery has become a Framingham institution, and they open their outdoor patio on weekends starting in March.

  • Natick

    Morse Tavern – After the runners make their way past the Town Common, make your way a few blocks down E. Central St. to the Morse for a beer and a burger or maybe some Greek cuisine.

  • Wellesley

    The Cottage – Full bar service, a killer menu, and patio seating. Did we mention full bar service? Because they have full bar service.

  • Newton

    Buff’s Pub – OK, I know. Buff’s is nowhere NEAR the Marathon route. But hear me out: they always have a ton of good beers on tap and they have the best damn Buffalo wings in the Boston metro.

  • Brookline

    The Publick House – In Brookline, there’s The Publick House, then there’s everywhere else. Tom from BostonTweet knows. And Tom’s the authority on these things.

  • Boston

    Back Bay Social Club – On Boylston St., just steps away from the Marathon finish line. Go visit my friends from indie617! They always throw a great Marathon Monday event.

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