Cheap pitchers are an essential aspect for any self-respecting pub crawler. Luckily for the city’s “experienced” drinking teams, the suburbs of MetroWest Boston contain plenty of places – both of the hidden gem variety and obvious-to-the-naked-eye examples – to indulge in cheap pitchers of beer. Here are just five of the best bets for cheap pitchers in Boston’s MetroWest.
20 Crest Road
Wayland, MA 01778
The Dudley Chateau, located on Crest Road in Wayland, is what one might refer to as a “dive bar,” a brand of establishment known by experienced pub-crawlers for its proclivity of cheap pitchers. The Dudley Chateau offers affordable pitchers and drinks for both its locals and those who “know where to go” in the area. This hometown bar also offers the typical bar menu of burgers and fries with which to enjoy said cheap beer; a perfect marriage for those seeking the most value for money in the Wayland area.
11B Florence St.
Marlborough, MA 01752
Sully’s First Edition Pub is a joint of similar stature to The Dudley Chateau, a dive bar type of place which holds its share of secrets beneath the surface, namely cheap drinks and affordable food. Sully’s differs a bit in a couple of ways, however, first in the strength of the drinks. The bartenders at Sully’s are NOT shy or restrained in their pouring techniques. Secondly, Sully’s bar menu is reason enough to make a visit. Sully’s First Edition has the same sort of universally enjoyed bar fare as The Dudley Chateau, yet also offers some seriously tasty fare of its own, such as the fan-favorite rib sandwich. Granted, Marlborough may not exactly be considered first when it comes to a night on the town, but this is exactly why Sully’s First Edition Pub remains such a hidden jewel.
94 Hartwell Ave.
Lexington, MA 02421
The odds are usually pretty favorable at an Irish pub for thirsty patrons seeking to whet their whistle on a cheap pitcher or two. Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub is tucked away on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington and strikes a balance between typical bar trappings, such as sports on the T.V., live music, dart games and karaoke, and townie personability, a place where the locals hang out for a low-key, after-work spot to congregate and toss a few back. Waxy O’Connor’s also benefits from a spacious layout which makes it easy for first timers to check out the booze and food menu without feeling like an imposition to the regulars.
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849 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
It’s virtually guaranteed you’ll remember this joint with a name like Joe Sent Me, and this Waltham spot knows exactly what it’s doing and how to keep its clientele coming back. Joe Sent Me is a bit more than one’s average dive bar, embracing all of the typical bar trappings, such as trivia nights, yet elevating them with a no-hassle, relaxed atmosphere which makes it easy to hit this place up with friends for a good night out on the town. There’s a large selection of affordable beer here as well, which, combined with the solid menu and low-key vibe, makes Joe Sent Me a secret spot for Waltham locals and visitors.
714-718 Moody St.
Waltham, MA 02453
Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub completes this Waltham hat trick of joints with affordable, cheap pitchers, and also offers up more of the expected bar fun and games, including karaoke, pool and New York-style pizza tucked away in MetroWest. Friendly atmosphere and a relaxed vibe for close conversation makes Franco’s Pizzeria not only a solid bet for average Joes and Janes heading out for the weekend, but also a surprisingly doable spot for family dining as well. All and all, Franco’s Pizzeria belongs in the thrifty pub crawler’s short list of recommended spots.
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.