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Where to Drink Along the Boston Marathon Route

Run to the tavern, not to the finish line

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Get drunk along the marathon route
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There are few better drinking days in Boston than Marathon Monday, which falls on April 15 in 2019. Lots of people citywide take the day off from work to day-drink along the race route and cheer on the thousands of people who’ve endured months of intense training to prepare their bodies for the 26.2-mile grind.

Some people are lucky enough to have a friend who lives along the race route. Great: Drink in the backyard, grill various meats, and enjoy. For those who aren’t so lucky, there are a number of excellent watering holes lining the route. Sink some pints, venture to the route, cheer like hell, repeat.

Here are some of the best and most convenient places to drink on Marathon Monday. (Note: Pick a side of the street and stick to it; crossing back and forth over the race route is a pain — but not impossible.)

See also: Where to Eat at Boston’s Biggest Attractions and Museums

This map was originally published on April 11, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Terry O'Reilly's Irish Pub

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45 Union St
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 964-9275
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No, not that Terry O’Reilly. But still, it shares a name with a Boston sports legend, so that’s enough to include it here. It’s not right on the race route, but it’s not a far walk either. (If they can run 26.2 miles, you can walk for 10 minutes.) Kill two birds with one stone by celebrating Boston’s favorite Monday in a bar that shares a name with Boston’s favorite hockey maniac.

2. The Abbey

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1657 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-8040
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It’s going to be cool and rainy on Marathon Monday. Head to the Abbey and warm up with some tomato soup and a grilled cheese. And beer. Lots of beer.

3. The Publick House

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1648 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 277-2880
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Get the mussels at the Publick House, and get a tasty Belgian beer, too.

4. Washington Square Tavern

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714 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-8989
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You’ll have to cross Beacon Street to get to Washington Square Tavern from the Publick House (good luck with that), but it’s on the same side of the street as the Abbey, so maybe pick and choose. Try the Oaxacan Burro here: mezcal with dry Curacao, cinnamon simple syrup, and spiced ginger beer.

5. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

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307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-4948
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You know the drill: This is a good spot. It’s a sports bar, and running is a sport, so take a booze break here in the middle of watching a sport.

6. O'Leary's

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1010 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 734-0049
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O’Leary’s is a no-frills Irish dive bar. Grab a pint of Guinness or some cider, and watch as people inch ever closer to finish-line glory.

7. Audubon

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838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-1910
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Audubon is slick and sorta dark. Which is to say, it’s the perfect place to feel shame about drinking while everyone else is out there running 26.2 miles. For Marathon Monday 2019, it’s opening at 8 a.m. and serving brunch until 11 a.m.

8. Cask 'n Flagon

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62 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-4840
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The Cask ‘n Flagon is a bit off the route, but it’s adjacent to Fenway Park, and there are precious few things associated with Boston sports as iconic as the Red Sox and the Marathon, so it’s worth the extra walking.

9. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Kenmore Square mainstay Eastern Standard is a little bit more fancy than the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, but to each his own. Grab a fancy cocktail, and stumble out onto the race route to cheer for your cousin’s best friend’s teacher, or whoever it is you’re supposed to be cheering for.

10. The Hawthorne

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500A Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9150
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Another fancy spot (and sibling to the previous fancy spot). Get the Marshall Island Swizzle, a rum drink that will make it feel like summer even if it’s still just bitter Boston April.

11. The Lower Depths

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476 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-6662
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RIP the Lower Depths hot dog menu; hallelujah for the vast beer menu.

12. Bukowski Tavern

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50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999
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If the insanity of Boylston Street isn’t your bag, head to Bukowski Tavern. It’s close enough to the mayhem to hear it all, but far enough away to not get lost in the shuffle.

13. The Pour House

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907 Boylston St #21
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1767
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Drink some cheap beer, and grab a very decent — and very cheap — burger at the Pour House.

14. Whiskey's

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885 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-5551
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Whiskey’s is all about cheap beer and wings. And if you can manage a window seat, you’ll have a great view of the race’s final stretch.

1. Terry O'Reilly's Irish Pub

45 Union St, Newton, MA 02459

No, not that Terry O’Reilly. But still, it shares a name with a Boston sports legend, so that’s enough to include it here. It’s not right on the race route, but it’s not a far walk either. (If they can run 26.2 miles, you can walk for 10 minutes.) Kill two birds with one stone by celebrating Boston’s favorite Monday in a bar that shares a name with Boston’s favorite hockey maniac.

45 Union St
Newton, MA 02459

2. The Abbey

1657 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

It’s going to be cool and rainy on Marathon Monday. Head to the Abbey and warm up with some tomato soup and a grilled cheese. And beer. Lots of beer.

1657 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

3. The Publick House

1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

Get the mussels at the Publick House, and get a tasty Belgian beer, too.

1648 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

4. Washington Square Tavern

714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

You’ll have to cross Beacon Street to get to Washington Square Tavern from the Publick House (good luck with that), but it’s on the same side of the street as the Abbey, so maybe pick and choose. Try the Oaxacan Burro here: mezcal with dry Curacao, cinnamon simple syrup, and spiced ginger beer.

714 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02446

5. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

307 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

You know the drill: This is a good spot. It’s a sports bar, and running is a sport, so take a booze break here in the middle of watching a sport.

307 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

6. O'Leary's

1010 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

O’Leary’s is a no-frills Irish dive bar. Grab a pint of Guinness or some cider, and watch as people inch ever closer to finish-line glory.

1010 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

7. Audubon

838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Audubon is slick and sorta dark. Which is to say, it’s the perfect place to feel shame about drinking while everyone else is out there running 26.2 miles. For Marathon Monday 2019, it’s opening at 8 a.m. and serving brunch until 11 a.m.

838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

8. Cask 'n Flagon

62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

The Cask ‘n Flagon is a bit off the route, but it’s adjacent to Fenway Park, and there are precious few things associated with Boston sports as iconic as the Red Sox and the Marathon, so it’s worth the extra walking.

62 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

9. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Kenmore Square mainstay Eastern Standard is a little bit more fancy than the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, but to each his own. Grab a fancy cocktail, and stumble out onto the race route to cheer for your cousin’s best friend’s teacher, or whoever it is you’re supposed to be cheering for.

528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

10. The Hawthorne

500A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Another fancy spot (and sibling to the previous fancy spot). Get the Marshall Island Swizzle, a rum drink that will make it feel like summer even if it’s still just bitter Boston April.

500A Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

11. The Lower Depths

476 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

RIP the Lower Depths hot dog menu; hallelujah for the vast beer menu.

476 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

12. Bukowski Tavern

50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

If the insanity of Boylston Street isn’t your bag, head to Bukowski Tavern. It’s close enough to the mayhem to hear it all, but far enough away to not get lost in the shuffle.

50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115

13. The Pour House

907 Boylston St #21, Boston, MA 02115

Drink some cheap beer, and grab a very decent — and very cheap — burger at the Pour House.

907 Boylston St #21
Boston, MA 02115

14. Whiskey's

885 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Whiskey’s is all about cheap beer and wings. And if you can manage a window seat, you’ll have a great view of the race’s final stretch.

885 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

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