Welcome back to Food Crawls, a series in which Eater Boston staffers guide you (virtually) on various food (and booze) crawls in the Boston area.
When we go out, we often find ourselves wanting to try more than one restaurant or bar at a time — a drink and a snack here, another drink and perhaps a dessert there — and want to share our favorite multi-stop combinations with you. These crawls are meant to be relatively walkable, and the amount of food and drink is meant to correspond roughly to a couple of average appetites (so bring a friend), although your mileage may vary. Email us if there’s a particular theme, specific dish or drink, or neighborhood you’d like to see covered in a future installment.
The Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods are transforming rapidly — not always for the good — and much of that transformation revolves around drinking and dining. With oyster bars, breweries, and waterfront views to spare, it’s a great area for those looking to play hooky on a summer Friday and get the weekend started early.
Here’s a six-point crawl — one of nearly infinite possibilities — for an all-day drinking bonanza (with a bit of snacking, too) winding through the Seaport and Fort Point.
A Juicy IPA at Trillium Brewing Company
50 Thomson Pl., Seaport District, Boston
Beer drinkers are obsessed with Trillium Brewing Company, a brewery known for its IPAs, American pale ales, wild ales, and saisons. Head to the new Seaport location and sip on something juicy. There’s a full food menu — the charcuterie and cheese options, in particular, make for suitable beer-drinking food — for those drinkers who don’t want to get too sauced too early in the day.
A Beer and Some Oysters at Row 34
383 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston
For a restaurant that’s definitely more of an oyster joint than a beer bar, Row 34 has a draft list — which is comprised of a mix of local breweries and not-so-local breweries — that always impresses. Order a dozen or more oysters, and knock back something crisp and local (like the Helles from Mystic Brewery in Chelsea).
A Cocktail at Lucky’s Lounge
355 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston
Lucky’s Lounge is the coolest bar in the Fort Point/Seaport area; a booze crawl through that part of the city isn’t worth its weight in alcohol without a stop here for a cocktail.
Another Cocktail at Drink
348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston
There are no menus at Drink, Barbara Lynch’s tragically hip Fort Point cocktail bar. Tell a bartender what you normally like to drink, or what you’re curious about trying, and they’ll whip up something tasty.
A Light Beer and Some Chowder on the Deck at Legal Harborside
270 Northern Ave., Seaport District, Boston
It’s time to slow down, drink something light, have a bite to eat (even though it’s a chain, Legal’s chowder is the truth), and enjoy the delicious view from atop the deck at Legal Harborside.
Dessert and a Cup of Coffee at Chickadee
21 Dry Dock Ave., Seaport District, Boston
If you’re still thirsty, and you have a way to get safely home, by all means, have another drink (Chickadee has a great cocktail list, a great beer list, and a great wine list.) If you’re exhausted from all the boozing and have the munchies, order something from Chickadee’s excellent dessert menu. And have some coffee for good measure.