The Fenway and Kenmore Square are is a big draw for visitors during the summer, and for good reason. Aside from being the hub of Red Sox Nation, the neighborhood is also between Back Bay – the metropolitan center of Boston, and Brookline – a cozier, more residential neighborhood with restaurants and tree-lined streets. But really, it all boils down to the Sox.
And while there are plenty of ways to watch the game and route for the home team, the area also has a unique underbelly of niche restaurants that have nothing to do with sports and a lot more to do with a creative vibe and menu.
So yes, it’s possible to escape the backwards-cap clientele of Fenway, and here’s where you can do it:
At Church, head chef Laura Henry Zoubir serves up mean cocktails inspired by things like heaven, hell, and agonizing scriptures. Her appetizers and entrees deserve a religious devotion as well. Attached to the eatery is a rock club, so if your choice entertainment is music over sports, then go straight to church.
69 Kilmarnock Street
Not many people would expect Ken Oringer have a restaurant next to an MLB park, but he does, and he does it well. He doesn’t lose the chic vibe that he brings to Toro, Coppa, and KO Prime, but instead of Downtown chic, you’ll get funky and authentic Mexican at La Verdad. The salsa verde and chile rellenos are home runs.
1 Lansdowne Street
A pub that serves wine on tap is about as far removed from baseball as you can get. Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar is an elegant setting that serves up fresh wine, craft beer and old-time cocktails perfectly concocted. Oh, they also do an authentic pig roast, which is a far cry from the Franks you’ll find at the park.
1310 Boylston Avenue
Flatbreads, wine and long shared tables make a relaxed vibe for this hip little bistro. Expect a low-key atmosphere with more hipsters than jocks at Cambridge 1 (yes, it’s sister is actually in Cambridge), and an open-facing kitchen to boot.
1381 Boylston Street
Eastern Standard is the MVP for glam in Kenmore Square. Attached to the Commonwealth hotel, and drenched in upscale décor and grandeur both on the drink menu and in the kitchen, it’s the perfect pick for a classy gathering to avoid game-goers in the area.
528 Commonwealth Avenue