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Taste of Chocolate Festival This Weekend

The fact of the matter is that you would be hard-pressed to find an individual that does not enjoy chocolate. It is pretty much regarded as one of the most universal pleasures known to human-kind, and we here at Party Travel Hotspots’ Boston Lowdown are all about the epicurean delights. For this...

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Drink Craft Beer Springfest in Boston

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Beer Events, Drinks, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 06-04-2014

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We here at Party Travel Hotspots’ Boston Lowdown have a great appreciation for the art of brewing and drinking beer, and the Drink Craft Beer Spring Fest going down in Beantown this Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th, at Space 57 on Stuart Street, is the type of event which is right up our alley.

American beer culture has long celebrated the bitter goodness provided by hops, and as springtime is the time of year when hops start their growing season, what better time to have a beer festival focusing on hops than in early Spring? That is just the idea for the festival, but don’t just expect a bunch of hop-heavy IPAs, as participating breweries will be bringing plenty of alternative but still hop-laden brews for your drinking pleasure.

Aside from the Springtime hops focus, another thing that will make this festival unique is that it will center around local New England breweries, many of which very small and not yet widely distributed. Among the breweries you can expect will be bigger names such as Clown Shoes, Peak Organic, and Samuel Adams, in addition to smaller upstarts such as Wormtown, Urban Farm Fermentory, Mystic Brewery, and many more.

There has to be some good food at any brew festival, as the heavy drinking participants will certainly need something to soak up the alcohol, and there will be some great local food vendors on hand of the likes of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Grillo’s Pickles, and more.

VIP tickets and general admission tickets will be available, and certain special beers from all of the participating breweries will be available only to VIPs, meaning it may be worth your while to shell out the extra cash for the exclusive tastings.

For more information on the festival and purchase tickets, please check out the official website.

If you want the lowdown on the party scene in Boston, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

Childish Gambino Performs March 30th at HOB Boston

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 23-03-2014

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Actor/comedian/rapper Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover will be performing in support of his recent release, Because the Internet as part of his Deep Web Tour at Boston’s House of Blues on March 30th. The Deep Web Tour has been receiving rave reviews for Glover’s super-tight four-piece band, innovative and high-level video and lighting installations, and the razor-sharp lyrical stylings of Gambino himself.

Gambino/Glover, widely known for his role in popular TV series Community, has been taking the rap world by storm since his debut full-length, Camp, with his unique blend of witty and high-energy hip-hop. His newest release, Because the Internet, is no exception, displaying both a great degree of lyrical talent in addition to a supreme understanding of pop culture in the digital age.

General admission, standing room only tickets are going for $35, while VIP box tickets are $49.50. For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here. Rap fans and fans of Glover as an actor/comedian alike will be sure to have a good time, so we strongly suggest you get your tickets while they last.

For the skinny on the Boston nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls in Boston

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Holiday Events, Nightlife | Posted on 13-03-2014

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There may be no city in the United States which better epitomizes Irish culture than Boston, so what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a bar crawl in Beantown? This is just what we are going to be doing at Party Travel Hotspots’ Boston Lowdown, as www.barcrawls.com is hosting three bar crawls and a couple of accompanying events for eager-to-party St. Patrick’s Day revelers.

There will be a weekend kickoff bar crawl on Friday, March 14,  in addition to crawls on Saturday, March 15, and Monday, March 17 (for the weekday partiers among us). Barcrawls.com is also hosting a booze-soaked Saturday brunch party at Gem, and ‘Boston Paddy Fest’ at Guilt for Saturday bar crawlers who want to continue the party late into the night.

The crawls will take place in the happening Faneuil Hall, Financial/Downtown, and North End/The Garden districts of Boston. Participating venues will include The Bar Room, Warehouse, The Wild Rover, Hard Rock Cafe Boston, The Hideout, SideBar, Howl At The Moon, Porters Bar & Grill, The North Star, and plenty more Boston hotspot drinking establishments.

To purchase tickets in advance, and for more details including a full list of participating venues and registration points, please check out the official website for the Boston St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls. This promises to be quite the alcohol-fueled affair, so be sure to drink responsibly.

If you want the skinny on the Boston nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

‘Taste of the South End’ on Tuesday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Food Events | Posted on 01-03-2014

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If you want to experience the best in culinary enjoyment that Boston’s popular South End neighborhood has to offer, there is no better opportunity than the ‘Taste of the South End’ event going down this Tuesday, March 2nd, at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts.

You can expect over 40 of the top restaurants in Boston’s South End to be serving up their best offerings for hungry Beantown foodies on Tuesday night. Bite-sized versions of the participating restaurants’ top dishes will be available for the cost of admission, meaning you will get to try a little bit of everything. There will also be live cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and beer sampling, and a silent auction and raffle. On top of everything else, proceeds will go to support the AIDS Action Committee, making this an event with a strong conscience.

General admission tickets are $100, and they are going fast so be sure to get yours as soon as possible. VIP tickets, which are also going like hotcakes, are $150 and gain you special perks such as early entry to the event and more. Doors open at 7:00 PM for general admission, while VIP ticket-holders gain entry at 6:00, and the tasting runs until 9:30. Please check out the official website for the event for more info and to purchase tickets. If you truly love Boston culinary culture, this is an event you will certainly not want to miss, and we hope to see you there!

For more information on the Boston food scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Dining page.

 

Boston Chili Cup February 20th

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 17-02-2014

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It is that time of the year again, and as Jack Frost is lending his chilly nip to the wintry Beantown air, the craving for hot and soul-filling foods is ripe within the Boston public. For this reason, the 5th annual Boston Chili Cup, going down this Thursday, February 20th, is quite a welcome event to the certainly heat-starved foodies of Boston.

You can expect chili that is warm in both the literal and figurative sense at this year’s tongue-tingling event, which is being sponsored by Ned Devine’s, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Corona, Jose Cuervo, and others. Among the heat-slinging participants are some of Boston’s most beloved restaurants, such as Community Work Services, Ned Devine’s Irish Pub, Bambara, The Publick House, The Harp, Porters Bar & Grill, The Greatest Bar, The North Star, The Ruby Room, Anthem Kitchen + Bar, Tico, Defending Champion, Tasty Burger, Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar, CheersPier 6, Brownstone, ZO, Artisan Bistro at The Ritz Carlton, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Finch – at the Boxer Hotel, Dick’s Last Resort, Heirloom Kitchen, Dillon’s, and Post 390. There will also be chips from Tortilleria La Nina and cheese from Cabot Creamery.

If you love great chili, you are likely not going to have a better opportunity to try the best that Boston has to offer than at the fifth annual Chili Cup going down this Thursday at Ned Devine’s. The event will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM and it is a 21+ affair. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

If you want the skinny on the Boston culinary scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Dining page.

2 Chainz w/ Pusha T at the HOB Boston

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 02-02-2014

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Lovers of rap music in the Boston area will have reason to celebrate this Tuesday, February 4th, as 2 Chainz will be performing at the House of Blues Boston with support from Pusha T and August Alsina.

If you are not familiar with 2 Chainz and you enjoy urban music, you would have to have been living under a rock for the last few years as the man has pretty much dominated the airwaves with hit after hit, including both his own singles and guest appearances with the top names in rap. The College Park, Georgia rapper, formerly known as Tity Boi, is touring in support of his successful 2013 release, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time.

Pusha T is a man who needs no introduction and a consummate veteran in rap music, having been one half of the popular Neptunes-produced duo the Clipse. Now on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music label, Pusha T is a successful and critically acclaimed solo artist you will definitely not want to miss performing in support of his 2013 release My Name is my Name.

Regular standing room tickets will go for $39.50, while VIP tickets are available for $55.00. Youngsters, don’t worry, as the show will be all ages. Doors will open at 7 PM and the show will kick off with a performance at 8:00 by opener August Alsina.

To purchase tickets and for more details please check out the House of Blues Boston’s official website. Support live rap music in Boston and check out the 2 Chainz/Pusha T show on Tuesday, and don’t forget where you heard about it first!

For more information on the nightlife scene in Boston, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

Taste of Chocolate Festival This Weekend

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 20-01-2014

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The fact of the matter is that you would be hard-pressed to find an individual that does not enjoy chocolate. It is pretty much regarded as one of the most universal pleasures known to human-kind, and we here at Party Travel Hotspots’ Boston Lowdown are all about the epicurean delights. For this reason, the Taste of Chocolate Festival going down in Harvard Square this weekend, January 24-26, is the type of event we would be quite remiss not to cover.

You may wonder exactly what to expect, and we are here to give you the skinny (or should we say the fat!) on the delicious proceedings. From Friday through Sunday, the excellent restaurants and cafés on Harvard Square will be serving up chocolate-based cocktails, cordials, appetizers, entrees, and of course desserts, and retailers on the square will also be selling plenty of chocolate goodies. Not only will a veritable smorgasbord of fine chocolate be on display, but you can anticipate some good deals as well.

There will also be a centralized sampling of chocolate from local purveyors going on from 1 PM to 2 PM on Saturday on Deguglielmo Plaza, right in front of Hidden Sweets. In addition to the plethora of tasty cocoa treats, you can also expect live entertainment and a festive atmosphere on the Square throughout the weekend. Chocolate-lovers in Boston will definitely not want to miss this opportunity to celebrate one of the better things in life.

For more information on the culinary scene in Boston, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Dining page.

 

 

Neutral Milk Hotel Next Thursday at Orpheum

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 09-01-2014

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If you know anything about indie music, you will know that Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much epitomize the rise of the genre in the 1990s. Their critically acclaimed seminal release, 1998’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is considered a certified indie classic. Neutral Milk Hotel will be performing at the Orpheum Theatre this Thursday, January 16th, and this is a show you will not want to miss if you are an indie-head in the Boston area.

Athens, GA’s Neutral Milk Hotel is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum, who went on a long hiatus of over 10 years at the peak of the band’s success, making the group somewhat of a thing of mystery and legend. Mangum recently came out of hiding, and the band lineup which is responsible for their aforementioned classic album is backing him up for the triumphant return of Neutral Milk Hotel to stages worldwide. Considering Mangum’s fickle history, you never know when you might get the opportunity to see this paramount indie band perform again, making this an all the more can’t-miss show you will definitely want to check out if you love the band or appreciate indie music in general.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here, and don’t forget that Party Travel Hotspots’ Boston Lowdown hooked you up with the inside scoop!

For the skinny on Boston’s nightlife scene, pease check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

 

Common at HOB Boston Dec. 26th

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events | Posted on 24-12-2013

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Nowadays, many people may know Common more as an actor than a rapper, but the Chicago emcee earned his stripes long ago as one of the best to ever touch a mic. With classic albums, multiple radio and video hits, an appearance at the White House, and a good many collaborations with the top artists in the industry all under his belt, Common is one of the most notable hip-hop artists of all time.

As previously mentioned, Common has been very busy pursuing his thespian interests of late, meaning the opportunity to see Common live is not as common (no pun intended) as it may once have been. This makes his appearance at the House of Blues in Boston this Thursday, December 26th all the more special and one you will not want to miss.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00. Tickets, which can be purchased here, run from $36 to $49.50. If you appreciate great hip-hop, or simply love great music in general and live in the Boston area, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to see one of the greats of our time in concert.

For more information on the Boston nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots Boston Nightlife page.

 

“A John Waters Christmas” on December 15th

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, Uncategorized | Posted on 13-12-2013

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If you like to celebrate your Christmas in a manner which could be considered, shall we say, a bit off-color, we have just the event for you this Sunday, December 15 as “A John Waters Christmas” hits the  Berklee Performance Center at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

You may be familiar with Waters from his  cult classic films such as Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, and A Dirty Shame, and these should give you some idea of what to expect from the Christmas monologue performance he will put on this Sunday.

Waters is known to be obsessed with Christmas, hence his reason for doing a monologue tour dedicated to the holiday, although his take on it is definitely far from what people normally associate with a wholesome concept of the yuletide season. Waters’ Christmas monologue performances, which are praised by critics and fans alike, focus on the perverted side of gift-giving, Waters’ rather bizarrely extreme interest in Santa Claus, and his enjoyment of crime-oriented tales of Xmas gone horribly wrong.

Tickets run from $25 – $100, and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 PM. Celebrate the more lewd and edgy side of the holidays this year with a true legend in film in John Waters, and you will be sure to not leave disappointed.

For more information on what there is to do in Boston at night, please check out our Boston Nightlife page at Party Travel Hotspots.