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Boston. Nightlife.

Now that I have your attention… ONEin3’s original Devin Cole and I have been discussing the lack of super great bars to venture to in Boston. We both have spent many weekdays and ends trying to figuring out where to go throw back a few with friends and acquaintances. Whether it be to celebrate a new internship, to day-drink, some Sunday Funday, to watch the game, perhaps show friends from out of town a good time, or just to kickback, the selection of bars/clubs/lounges are limited in variety  and originality to say the least.

What we ultimately and quickly discovered through our haphazard conversation was that the majority of b/c/l in Boston are unoriginal carbon copies of one another a.k.a. “Not Awesome.” No matter where you choose to go in the end it will be an off-breed of an Irish sports bar or something close. Faneuil Hall exhibits quantity over quality, and might as well be one giant Irish bar. Boylston is a strip of semi-sports bars where one can find TV’s on every wall however with no real differentiation or uniqueness. Allston can have its moments when money is sparse and you need a cheap drink, however the cab ride is enough of a deterrent to nip any trip out there in the butt before it’s seriously considered. The Fens/Kenmore can be a crazy night if you want it to be, however with the combination of Red Sox’s attendees who got the party started hours before you and the blur of redundant sports/Irish bars again produces no real distinction between one venue and the next.

Don’t get me wrong, we both have spent many epic and memorable nights in every one of these areas and more (Central, Harvard, Porter, South End, North End, Beacon Hill, South Boston Waterfront). We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and jobs in these neighborhoods. We have watched the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox all win Championships in these bars. The Boston nightlife is as much a part of our academic career as any textbook, dorm room or professor ever was.

However, the lack of originality and unique style in the Boston nightlife scene is an issue for young adults and students that an older generation may never fully comprehend. A diverse, unique, and flourishing nightlife lends to the quality of life more for our demographic than any other. Boston needs b/c/l’s that bring a fresh new taste, flavor, and style that will turn people on their heads. Boston needs a nightlife as eclectic and risk taking as the students that live here. As Sam Cooke once said, “Its been long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come.”

If you feel the same way or completely disagree please comment! Share your opinion on what types of b/c/l’s you would like to see or changes that you want made. Share the wealth and tell us your favorite spot to have an adult beverage, and maybe we may just see you there one day/night/morning!

–David

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Sunny Summer Days with David: Roof Decks, Pools, & Al Fresco

I recently read an article on Boston.com (an underrated website, if you can believe it) about the roof decks in Boston. I thoroughly enjoyed the article and it brought up one glaring point, Summer Is Hot. Where do summer students go for a bite to eat slash cocktail mid-day or on a hot summer night? The options in the article were eclectic and had a little something for everyone. But honestly, will these eight venues really tide us over for the entirety of the hot summer?

We all have a friend with a roof deck who is extra popular during the months from May to September. To have roof deck access is similar to holding a key to a personal sunshine getaway for all friends and family from the heat of the summertime cement jungle. I was blessed once many moons ago with such amenities… however, I have since resorted to begging friends and foes alike for the privilege. What options do students have in the city on hot summer days? Roof deck pools!

Roof deck pools are very hard to come by not matter what city you are in. Did you know that Boston has two? Both are detailed on Boston.com. Boston also has public watertainment options, the Department of Conservation and Recreation offers an in ground pool for people in the North End. The new Greenway, where the elevated I-93 was, has been transformed into green space snaking through Boston spotted with fountains and places to play in the water. People, get out of the heat and take a dip for gosh sakes! And after get a bite to eat outside!

Al Fresco is where Boston shines. With numerous quality restaurants sprinkled all over the good city of Boston, a greater amount of restaurants each year are adding this feature to their repertoire, and it makes me smile. Boston is a great city for food and drinks no matter what price point you’re playing in. Fiore (roof deck), Bouchee (below ground level), and Church (patio) all offer their own take on outside dinning. Now that summer has come upon us and given the population a collective kiss of color on our faces, why not do a little bronzing while having some food?

Are you happy with Boston’s roof deck, pool, and al fresco scene? Do we need a greater range of options or are we being greedy and creating first world problems for ourselves? What are your opinions of the venues we have? Please share your hidden gems or favorite can’t miss places for Summer 2010…

–David

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Fun Fact Friday…Eastie Style

To get you warmed up for my East Boston post coming later today, we thought we would provide our fabulous ONEin3ers with some fun facts, because it is Fun Fact Friday after all.

I didn’t know much about Eastie.  In fact, about a month ago I used the term “Eastie” (in reference to East Boston) and then asked the people I was with if that is what people call it or I just made the word up (for people that know less than me, that is an acceptable term for the East section of Boston).

So, before I give my impressions (coming later today) I thought I would give a few fun facts that I learned from Wikipedia and The Devin about East Boston so everyone can get up to speed.

First fun fact, East Boston can be accessed pretty much only by the Blue Line, car, or boat.  I love walking and asked The Devin if you could walk there…he said technically you can but it would be a very long walk through Charlestown, Revere, and Chelsea.  The blue-line came fairly quickly and reminded me of the Disneyland monorail because the seats are blue plastic. I think it took about ten minutes from Government center to Wood Island…not too shabby.

Second fun fact, East Boston is made up of five islands that are filled in by landfill.  The five islands include, Noddle (at first I thought it was called noodle), Hog aka Orient Heights, Breed’s, Governor’s, and Bird and Apple.

East Boston has a huge immigration population.  If there is a large presence of an ethnic group in Boston, most likely they started on East Boston.  For example, the Irish, Russians, and Italians all used East Boston at some point as an immigration foothold.  Today, immigrants from El Salvador, Brazil, and other parts of Central and South America makes East Boston one of the biggest Latino centers in New England.

Boston Public Library operates the East Boston Branch at 276 Meridian Street. The first public branch library in the United States was established in East Boston in 1870 (sorry, I had to include a library fact, I love libraries)

Some argue that East Boston has some of the best restaurants in the city…check out this Chowhound article that gives you the low-down on some great spots to eat.

For coffee shops Urbanspoon would recommend 303 Café at and Meridian 155…Bars? Let Yelp help you find a watering hole

Any suggestions for place to go?  More fun facts?  Give the comment section some love and stay tuned for my impressions of East Boston!

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ONEin3 Gets Around POSTPONED

ONEin3ers…this snowstorm came at the absolute worst time for ONEin3 Gets Around‘s pilot event in Fort Point. And this is not the first time. Last winter we decided to throw a big holiday party and we got two feet of snow dropped on our heads, but the show went on.

Unfortunately, the City of Boston has declared a snow emergency and we must abide by postponing the festivities.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we promise we’ll reschedule so we can all try out Drink, Channel Cafe and Barlow’s in the very near future.

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