Hi Boston! I would like to party with you! June 18, 2010 11:09 PM   Subscribe

ISO Boston Mefites. Big thirst not necessary, but appreciated. [June 26]

Hello, Bostonians. I am coming to your fair city for a brief visit, and I would like to partake of victuals and imbibements with you.

The evening of June 26 would be ideal for me. I will be T-ing it up from a home base in the deep boonies of Chestnut Hills, near the Arboretum. In the past we have had some superlative meetups at Watch City in Waltham and a variety of locations in Cambridge, but if I can get there via your excellent transit system, I will make it happen. Thoughts? Time and place suggestions?

(Slight complicating factor in planning all this is that I'm about to go OFF-NET *gasp* until June 24, but I expect we can work things out. If y'all manage to come to some kind of consensus in my absence, someone should feel free to call it and sidebar it and stick a fork in that sucker. I'll show up.)
posted by athenasbanquet to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:09 PM (57 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I will be technically in Boston on the 26th! But... by "in Boston," I mean "at the airport on my way home." Have an excellent time! :)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:03 AM on June 19, 2010

I have vague plans to be in Boston that weekend, and this certainly would add a weight on the the scales of decision.
posted by Kattullus at 6:45 AM on June 19, 2010

Oh, one other thing. If there's a venue that serves alcohol but also permits wee babbies, that would be ideal. The excellent non-Mefites I'm staying with have a sweet year-old daughter. I don't know if they could make the meetup anyway, but if it was at a baby-friendly place they'd at least have the option. And then they could become ONE OF US.
posted by athenasbanquet at 9:03 AM on June 19, 2010

I plan to be in Boston that weekend, so I'm down.
posted by Eideteker at 9:41 AM on June 19, 2010

Chestnut Hlll and the Arboretum are not exactly the same local transit area; are you closer to the Orange or Green lines?
posted by nonane at 10:10 AM on June 19, 2010

Me and ignignokt are (tentatively) in! Cambridge is really easy for us to get to, but generally T-accessible is good. Bonus points if anyone knows a place that's not super loud.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:18 AM on June 19, 2010

They're between Walnut Hill Cemetery and the Arnold Arboretum, if that helps. Closest T station is Forest Hills.

I am also pro not-too-loud.

And I will be more or less losing my Internet in 45 minutes.
posted by athenasbanquet at 12:12 PM on June 19, 2010

I'd be up for going most anywhere, if I can overcome my ennui.
posted by shii at 1:06 PM on June 19, 2010

Parish Cafe on Boylston near the Commons (and its transit hub)

On preview I will be at a dear friend's bachelor party. My venue recommendation stands.
posted by KevCed at 1:38 PM on June 19, 2010

I should be able to make it, so long as it's somewhere T-accessible.
posted by serathen at 4:46 PM on June 19, 2010

I too want to come, but again, it needs to be near a T. What was that cute place with the English pub theme, right near Kenmore station?
posted by Countess Elena at 5:45 PM on June 19, 2010

I'm around. T-ish would be awesome.
posted by pxe2000 at 7:50 PM on June 19, 2010

My husband and I around that day. Also seconding someplace not too loud. We'd be coming in from Melrose on the Orange Line.
posted by sarcasticah at 7:51 PM on June 19, 2010

Because of the Orange/Red/#1bus needs, Back Bay sounds like a good location.

By Back Bay Station,
The Globe,
Parish, and
MJ O"Connor's

By Hynes Convention Center,
Pour House,
King's, and
Cactus Club

At dinner time, I've seen kids in the Pour House. But I'm not sure what time you're thinking.
posted by ifandonlyif at 8:11 PM on June 19, 2010

I might be able to do this but am also reliant on the T.
posted by danb at 8:31 PM on June 19, 2010

posted by Meatbomb at 9:25 PM on June 19, 2010

In Search Of... w/out L. Nimoy
posted by ifandonlyif at 9:53 PM on June 19, 2010

Non-standard Bostonians not welcome.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:07 AM on June 20, 2010

posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:07 AM on June 20, 2010

If you're going Back Bay, you guys should totally do Trident. Not that I'm like, in love with Trident or anything. Not that it's the only thing I miss about the entire city of Boston. ANYHOW. Trident. It's on Newbury St, right off the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line. AND IT'S AWESOME.

Books AND pancakes! What more could you want?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:39 AM on June 20, 2010

McGreevey's is near Hynes (and owned by The Dropkick Murphys).

We've only been there once, and it was before they technically opened but they decided to open for one day for the Marathon.

The Publick House is down in Washington Square in Brookline, but it's not a bad trip on the 65 or 66 bus and is right at the the Washington Square T-stop on the C. It is a bit pricier, but it also has really good beer.

Don't know if we or one of us can make it as it depends on the time. If it's a time when Baby Zizzle will be awake and a relatively kid friendly venue, we'll probably come.
posted by zizzle at 5:05 AM on June 20, 2010

Countess Elena, are you thinking of Cornwall's?
posted by zizzle at 5:07 AM on June 20, 2010

Would the Savant Project be too far out of the way? We've been there before and it's nice; they have a small outdoor area that we might be able to reserve if we get critical mass.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:20 AM on June 20, 2010

Yay- I'd love to come though I'm a neofite.
posted by Lisitasan at 7:19 AM on June 20, 2010

Count me in for a most likely.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:31 AM on June 20, 2010

Count me in for a most likely.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 1:31 PM on June 20 [+] [!]

Will you be bringing ceviche?!?!??!

I don't think I could resist if you do!
posted by zizzle at 11:39 AM on June 20, 2010

Cornwall's it was! I liked that place.
posted by Countess Elena at 11:53 AM on June 20, 2010

I am an interested party.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 3:56 AM on June 21, 2010

What does ISO? (A standards body springs to mind, but my feeble wit cannot parse this joke).
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 4:20 AM on June 21, 2010

^stand for.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 4:21 AM on June 21, 2010

ISO = In Search Of
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:02 AM on June 21, 2010

also interested!
posted by heyforfour at 6:40 AM on June 21, 2010

Pool and bowling are good mixer activities for a meetup.

I like ifandonlyif's suggestion of King's: pool, snacks, drinks, and mingling.

Say, 8pm?

Perhaps a pre-meetup kid friendly dinner beforehand - 6:30 at the Summer Shack upstairs?
posted by enfa at 8:38 AM on June 21, 2010

We could try the Boston Beer Works again, too. That's pretty central to just about all the public transportation, and it should be pretty quiet now that nothing's going on at the Garden. Who called them about getting their private room last time?
posted by backseatpilot at 12:55 PM on June 21, 2010

There are two Boston Beer Works in Boston --- I take it you're referring to the one on Canal and not the one near Fenway on Brookline Ave (which is much closer to us and the one I think of by default)?
posted by zizzle at 3:17 PM on June 21, 2010

Will you be bringing ceviche?!?!??!

I will fill my pockets prior to departure!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 4:09 PM on June 21, 2010

I will fill my pockets prior to departure!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:09 PM on June 21 [+] [!]

I am so there with or without the fam!
posted by zizzle at 4:33 PM on June 21, 2010

I take it you're referring to the one on Canal

Yup, we went there for... was it the 10th anniversary meetup? There's a semi-private room upstairs with a bunch of pool tables that we were somehow able to Shanghai that worked well for the rather large group we had. Either way, the bar area upstairs is pretty large and would probably work well if we only had a dozen people.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:48 PM on June 21, 2010

posted by Miko at 6:05 PM on June 21, 2010


This hasn't been called yet, and though I'm still not 100% on whether I can go, why don't I go ahead and call it for

7 pm
Sat the 26th

Unless there are objections?

(Err....how does one get things sidebarred? Also, anyone who is 100% certain on going should feel free to override my calling.)
posted by zizzle at 9:30 AM on June 23, 2010

Oh, hey!

I figured it out! Geez, some of the links around here are hard to spot. :)
posted by zizzle at 10:29 AM on June 23, 2010

Oooo, count me as a very maybe. Never done one of these MeeTups, and I'll be downtown for a workshop anyway. What could be more fun than Mefites after a grand day of Measurement Techniques and Perspectives on Quality Improvement?
posted by teragram at 12:53 PM on June 23, 2010

Okay. I just called Cornwall's.

They have a pool room in the back where they like large groups to go, but they do not take reservations. The guy said to just show up and "kinda take the pool room over" and we shouldn't have any problems.

posted by zizzle at 12:57 PM on June 23, 2010

Excellent, I don't think we were aware of that last time.

I'll bring a couple of games with me if anyone's interested - a friend just gave me his extra copy of Munchkin and I've never played it before, so I might try to chain a few people down to a table to play.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:06 PM on June 23, 2010

I'm a definite maybe. It depends on when I get back from visiting the folks.
posted by ifandonlyif at 6:21 PM on June 23, 2010

Excellent! I will see you all there and then! Woot woot!

Does anyone know if this is a place where they could bring the kid?
posted by athenasbanquet at 10:02 AM on June 24, 2010

Athenasbanquet, it should be fine for a kid at 7, though they may have music overhead and I don't recall seeing kids the less than a handful of times I've been there. I don't recall the music being exceptionally loud, and they may actually not play it if there's a Sox game or something else showing on the tv.

At least, I know I'd have no problems bringing Baby Zizzle there earlier in the day, if that helps at all, for late afternoon fries or something.
posted by zizzle at 12:36 PM on June 24, 2010

I stuck the event in the new IRL subsite!
posted by backseatpilot at 5:30 AM on June 25, 2010

I can't show, but y'all have a good time!
posted by Countess Elena at 2:03 PM on June 26, 2010

I am here with my grey Tardis shirt and Vibram Five Fingers. See y'all soon!
posted by athenasbanquet at 3:47 PM on June 26, 2010

Hey, guys, so the server we had this time was the server for the last time we went to Cornwall's back in February. As I was settling up for everyone, he commented on how we were a great group of people and he remembered us from last time. He was also very happy and impressed with our ability to settle up, despite his being thoroughly confused. Just as he was last time. So, yeah, we're totally memorable!
posted by zizzle at 9:51 PM on June 26, 2010

Yeah, we had a great server. Cornwall's is working pretty hard to become a regular destination for us!
posted by Eideteker at 9:58 AM on June 27, 2010

Our server was great. And also great? Hypnotoad
posted by ignignokt at 5:36 PM on June 27, 2010

Eideteker, in particular he remembered you and Contadina (the couple on the bike).

I thought that was great.

Yes, HYPNOTOAD!!!! Must. Watch. Hypnotoad.
posted by zizzle at 3:28 AM on June 28, 2010

So, I was all excited about coming to this, and I got started doing chores in the afternoon, and then I went to watch the World Cup match, and before I knew it it was 9:00 and remembered the meetup. Sorry I missed it!
posted by backseatpilot at 7:16 AM on June 28, 2010

Who would win in a fight: HypnoToad or Edward Penishands?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:56 PM on June 28, 2010

I have a similar excuse to backseatpilot, except replacing "watch the World Cup match" with "play video games." Oops. :-(
posted by danb at 8:23 PM on June 28, 2010

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