Brownstone townhomes constructed before 1930, indie shops, Fenway Park baseball stadium and the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee are just some of the pleasures in store when you stroll Boston’s colorful Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, popular with students and tourists. Use the mammoth Citgo sign as a visual beacon as you explore, and be sure to amble through the Back Bay Fens for a different kind of visual treat.
For creative brasserie fare and a rotating selection of 24 craft cocktails, head to Eastern Standard. Loretta’s Last Call serves Southern cuisine with a side of line-dancing, and Eventide Fenway’s brown butter lobster roll is world-class.
For craft cocktails, The Hawthorne in Hotel Commonwealth is the place to be, with 400-plus creations. The Cask ‘n Flagon comes into its own during baseball season, and nearby sports bar Game On! offers ping-pong and cornhole.
Shopping in the Fenway leans toward the mainstream, but fans of snowboarding apparel should head to Burton, even off season, for a T-shirt or two. For a truly unique experience, step into Nuggets, a brilliant record and collectibles store immune to gentrification that doubles as a portal to the analog pleasures of the 20th century.