Boston’s Best Places To Eat Before The Show

October 16, 2013 6:00 AM

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Pregame before showtime at the following five spots, all within walking distance of some of the most popular music venues Boston has to offer. Whether it’s a steak and a glass of red wine you’re after or a burger with a beer, they all offer extensive menus to pick from. Dining and drinking is the perfect way to rally before a concert, especially at these locations.

johnnies Bostons Best Places To Eat Before The Show

West End Johnnie’s
138 Portland St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-1588

Located right near the TD Garden, West End Johnnies has cocktails and a wide range of cuisine to choose from. Perfect for sharing, the appetizer menu includes Johnnie’s favorite meatballs, handmade kettle chips with blue cheese fondue and the 1919 molasses glazed wings, amongst the many delicious dishes. There are salads, burgers, steak tips, macaroni and cheese and plenty of American comfort foods as well. This lively restaurant and bar also hosts live music and entertainment on weekends and is known for its reggae brunch on Sundays.

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The Four’s
166 Canal St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4455

Also close to the Garden is the Four’s, which is a perfect place to go for dinner before a concert or to have a drink with friends while watching your favorite Boston sports teams on TV. It is open daily for lunch and dinner and has flavorful buffalo chicken nachos, juicy steak tips and other classic pub grub. Locals and visitors love the half-pound burgers, specialty sandwiches named after sports stars and fresh seafood or hearty pasta dishes with beer to wash it down.

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Eastern Standard Kitchen
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100

For a bite to eat and a drink before or after a show at House of Blues, Church, Fenway Park or another venue that feature live music in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood, Eastern Standard is a great option. There is an outdoor dining area for taking advantage of the weather, a long bar to lounge around and plenty of table seating. Enjoy treats from the raw bar, sandwiches and salads. There are also daily entrée specials and innovative features like roasted skate wing or smoked porterhouse with tomato jam, alongside a variety of cocktails to go with your meal.

Related: Guide To Boston’s TD Garden

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69 Bromfield St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 338-7887

In Downtown Crossing near the Orpheum Theater, Silvertone is an extremely affordable and lively place to dine and drink. Highlights are the goat cheese crostini starter, the steak tips and mashed potatoes dinner and the macaroni and cheese topped with breadcrumbs and served with greens. Cocktails to not miss include the raspberry fizz featuring Silvertone’s in-house infused vodka or the Mary’s pink lemonade featuring vodka with citrus and cranberry.

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Atlantic Beer Garden
146 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 357-8000

Atlantic Beer Garden, near the Bank Of America Pavilion, has water views and a spacious roof deck. It’s a casual and always crowded restaurant and bar for watching sports, catching up with friends and loading up on American food and beers before or after a local event. Crab-stuffed mushrooms, shrimp and crab fondue, fried jalapenos and beer mussels are just a few of the many appetizers to start off your meal. Soups, salads, panini sandwiches and pasta recipes also fill the menu. There’s even local favorites like fish and chips and fajitas plus many other entrees, so there is sure to be something for everyone in your group to enjoy.

Related: Best Pre-Game Meals Near Fenway Park

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on


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