By the time Friday evening finally drags itself along, priorities often change from focusing on the next day’s work to letting off some steam. And by letting off steam, we mean heading out with friends for booze, food, and fun without the fear of tomorrow’s alarm clock. So recently after spending a Friday night late at work with our Energizer-bunny like boss, we ventured across the Common to relax with friends at the Beantown Pub. Though the BP has often been voted the best bar in Downtown Crossing, we had never walked in the door. Luckily, we were thrilled with what we found.
A front bar area draws people from all demographics: Couples in their fifties looking for a night out, yuppies in suits downing shots, and girlfriends chatting over glasses of wine. In the back, a gigantic billiards room provides a place for all you sharks out there to play. But the atmosphere wasn’t the only thing that surprised us. The lengthy menu offers everything from the typical bar room snacks of chicken fingers and nachos to an extensive list of sandwiches named after Boston legends like Paul Revere, John Hancock and Sam Adams. We went for a good ol’ tuna melt and fries, and gobbled up the entire meal. When it comes to fries we’re quite tough critics, and Beantown’s are definitely up there as some of our favorites in Boston. Zesty and flavored with spices and salt, they’re the perfect pairing for a couple of beers. So if you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a bite and a brew with friends, head to the Beantown Pub. Or even go by if you’re alone and in need of a good sandwich. At least you’ll have Paul Revere to sit with.
[Photo: Beantown Pub]