Not Your Average Joe’s
645 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476
If you join Joe’s email club, you get exciting members-only deals, including a complimentary birthday entree or a welcome gift. Club events are announced to club members first, and Joe’s chefs have been known to share cooking tips with regulars. The local chain boasts 15 Massachusetts and two D.C. locations, but the one in Arlington is the best for birthdays. No matter where you play, expect good food in a great environment without hurting your wallet.
Boston Beer Works
112 Canal St.
Boston, MA 02114
Located in the Bulfinch Triangle, Boston Beer Works’ main location (right next door to its corporate offices) is a fun, traditional beer pub conveniently close to TD Garden. There are two other locations: at Fenway and in Salem, Mass. Each location offers brewery tours and beer tastings, a great idea for a unique twist on birthday celebrations. Beer Works offers a VIP program including a loyalty card and monthly rewards. VIPs get a $10 VIP reward on their birthday. Function areas are also available for 20 to 600 guests, depending on the location. A special private party menu is available as well.
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British Beer Company
120 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Cleverly dubbed “BBC,” British Beer Company is a lively bit of merry ol’ England right here in New England. Modeled after an English pub, the chain has successfully replicated the UK experience. The Framingham location includes The Mad Dog Room for sports-watching on the telly. Enjoy live music nightly, trivia and karaoke on alternating nights, and special beer-focused events regularly. BBC offers call-ahead seating for any size group. With a fireplace in the winter, a garden in the summer, a list of beers as long as its Route 9 golden-mile location, and traditional pub fare on the menu, this “British pub with an American address” is a great choice for birthday celebrations. Kids are welcome.
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Jacob Wirth Restaurant
31 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
A Boston hit since 1868, Jacob Wirth’s offers a European atmosphere with a modern American twist. The menu consists of traditional German food and standard American fare. The large, well-preserved mahogany bar at Jacob Wirth’s is its most famous attraction, along with its multitude of draught beers. Located in the midst of Boston’s theater district, “Jake’s” makes for the perfect stop off before or after a performance at the Charles, the Colonial, the Wang, Shubert, Orpheum or Wilbur. Menu options include kids’ fare, gluten-free, a German tasting menu, and vegetarian choices. Jake’s even offers an Oktoberfest catering menu available year-round and varied nightly entertainment.
Hennessy’s Of Boston
11 Marshall St.
Boston, MA 02108
Hennessy’s of Boston brings a taste of Ireland to the gritty streets of downtown Boston. A coal fire simmers in winter, but in summer the windows are opened for people watching. Hennessy’s boasts a varied choice of single-malt whiskeys — one of the largest selections in Boston — and a stunning layout perfect for parties and functions. Birthday parties may be scheduled under the “Private Events” tab on Somers Pubs’ web site. A function menu is available. Live music rocks the house every night. The decor is that of a traditional pub, with its homey rich woodwork and quirky, deliberately mis-matched antique furnishings, special nook-and-cranny hideaways off the main bar area, and dozens of booze bottles stacked seven high against the back wall of the bar. This is a destination in and of itself, never mind the beer, wine, whiskey and food.
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Kathleen Mueller moved to Massachusetts as a toddler and has lived in many communities throughout the Bay State. Currently splitting her time between Worcester county and Cape Cod, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her dogs, reading, and taking scenic drives in New England. Kathleen is a frequent contributor to examiner.com check her out at Examiner.com.