Boston on a Budget

When you've lived in the same place for a while, you can begin to spend your weekends doing the same tired routine. You operate on autopilot and get burnt out coming up with new creative ways to spend your Saturday. When I returned to Boston after six months away, I was reminded of how exciting it is to see a city with fresh eyes. I decided to treat my final year in Boston like an extended adventure. I was ready to break away from the typical college herd and shake things up. So for the restless, young Bostonian who has paid his or her dues at Howl at the Moon or spent to many Sunday afternoons walking Newbury Street, I have a few suggestions for how to keep you on your toes this Fall:

Parish Cafe

Parish Cafe

Sweet Cheeks Beer Garden:

Snatch a spot at the communal table this Fall at Sweet Cheek's newest outdoor Beer Garden on Boylston. Share a pint or carb-o-load on an order of hush puppies under the stringing patio lights. Crappy weather? No problem! The patio has a retractable roof so you can munch on some of Boston's best Southern fare regardless of the weather!

Soulelujah @ Zuzu & Upstairs at the Middle East:

This one is almost too good to share! Dust off your bellbottoms and meet me at this Cambridge waterwhole for Saturday soul night! Sip on exotic cocktails while jamming to your parents' Motown favorites all on vinyl. Don't forget to swing through the kitchen to hear a live band. Can I get an amen! www.soulelujah.com

Broke as Hell?

Shit's better when it's free.

Brunch @ Masa:

Get your ass out of bed on Saturday or Sunday morning and get a full breakfast (we are talking a starter, a main course, cornbread and unlimited coffee & tea) for only $10 at Masa on Tremont! Make sure to try their bitchin' Huevos Rancheros!

Samuel Adam's Boston Brewery:

If you're in need of some hair of the dog, catch the 9:40 AM free brewery tour everyday for a complimentary tasting. Stop by for 'Flight Night' from 5-7 PM every Wednesday and try a flight of seasonal beer. On the third Thursday of every month, head to the brewery for a themed party with beer to match.

Wine Tasting:

Enjoy free wine tasting every Thursday from 5-9 PM at Cambridge's Central Bottle.

Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail:

Become a beer aficionado this Fall! Print this map and spend the next few months tasting craft beers, lagers and ales at 50+ breweries around MA. Try one each weekend and you'll surely stay busy.

Arnold Arboretum:

Escape the city and decompress in Harvard's 281-acre arboretum. Take a stroll, bring a picnic or enjoy a bottle of wine! The summer lilacs may be gone, but be sure to check out the autumn leaves!

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