Another year, another Boston Marathon — and you’re not running in it. That’s for the better, I say. The Boston Marathon route is among the most difficult marathon routes in the world, challenging runners to 26.2 miles of grueling hills, aggressive winds and hordes of drunk college kids. You may not be in college anymore, but if you have Marathon Monday off, take the opportunity to enjoy a little imbibing yourself. We’ve created a do-it-yourself pub crawl along the last few miles of the Boston Marathon route for you to take full advantage of on Monday (and so you’re not driving while drinking the first 20 miles). Start early, end late, and remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy!
Mile 22: Cleveland Circle
Take the C Line out to Cleveland Circle, and do it up like the college kids do. The first runners will be through here in the 10 a.m. hour, fresh off of Heartbreak Hill, so they’re going to need your enthusiasm. Snag a spot at CitySide’s roof deck and wish them well from your cozy seat high above the course, beer in hand.
Mile 23: Washington Square
Make two pit stops in Washington Square. Jimmy’s Bar and Oven has outdoor seating, stellar pizza and a stocked bar. Across Beacon Street, The Publick House offers a huge selection of craft beer, and killer mac and cheese for some last-minute carbo-loading.
Mile 24: Coolidge Corner
Then, head on down Beacon Street to Coolidge Corner. This is one of my favorite spots to watch the marathon – the runners are in the final stretch, and the energy is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Cheer them on, then go off the beaten path to Regal Beagle to sip the “Rosie’s Green Mile” cocktail, which features Toms Barrel Aged Gin, Green Chartreuse, Bittermans Hiver Amer and fresh lemon.
Mile 25: Kenmore Square
Runners eye the Citgo sign as the 25 mile marker; you eye it as the final stretch on your bar crawl. Stop in to The Hawthorne for some classy cocktails, or drop by their neighbors at Eastern Standard for patio dining with a view. Warning: after the Red Sox game ends, Eastern Standard gets pretty packed, so get in the right mindset for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds.
Mile 26: Boylston Street
You can do it! The crowds are roaring as you round the corner on Boylston Street (just kidding, they’re cheering for the actual runners, but you can pretend it’s for you). Choose from one of several options on race day. Pour House and Whiskey’s are good bets, but I personally would opt for the margaritas at Cactus Club.
Mile 26.2: The Finish Line
Still kickin’? Round out your marathon day of drinking at Solas with cold, refreshing pints. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for making it through.
Where will you be drinking on Marathon Monday?
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