Bukowski Tavern | Via Matta | The Hawthorne | Aquitaine | Toro

Bukowski Tavern Near Avalon Exeter Features More Than 130 Bottles of Beer

Bukowski Tavern is a beer drinker's paradise. This Boston establishment features more than 130 bottles of beer and approximately 20 brews on tap. Chances are that Bukowski Tavern has the beverage you're looking for and so many more.

Round up your friends and introduce them to this popular hangout or gather with a few coworkers when the office closes. Bukowski Tavern also has a location in Cambridge, but the Boston site is just a short trip from Avalon Exeter, so it's easily accessible. Some guests might feel a bit overwhelmed when trying to decide on a beer. However, there's a beer book that explains all of the different kinds of ales, porters, hybrids, wheat, and gluten-free brews that are available.

If what was supposed to be a few drinks runs into dinner time, Bukowski offers a food menu complete with items such as soup, tater tots, hamburgers, and a hot dog of the week. Stop by after midnight and order any item on the food menu for $5.99.

Bukowski Tavern
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999

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Via Matta Near Avalon Exeter: Italian Fare by Famed Chef Michael Schlow

Locally famous chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow, a former guest on Bravo's Top Chef Masters and many other nationally broadcasted programs, has made quite an impression on Boston diners with Via Matta. As owner of the eatery, he shows off the skills he's amassed through launching other restaurants across the country.

At the Back Bay's Via Matta, this James Beard Award winner showcases classic Italian cuisine in a colorful dining room. Artwork adorns the walls inside, and the patio outside promises fresh air to anyone who chooses to eat there. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Schlow's team crafts popular dishes from local, seasonal ingredients, like the crunchy eggplant with shaved Parmigiano cheese and tomatoes marinated in basil. They also work on entrees, including pasta, seafood, lamb, and chicken dishes. Make the short drive from Avalon Exeter to Via Matta for a taste of the classic Italian fare.

Via Matta
79 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 422-0008

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The Hawthorne Near Avalon Exeter: Much More Than Your Average Hotel Bar

Just mere blocks from Fenway Park (and from Avalon Exeter) sits The Hawthorne, a classic cocktail lounge that's nearly as iconic as the famed baseball stadium. Located inside of the illustrious Hotel Commonwealth, The Hawthorne wows with its solid marble bar top, ample candlelight, and, of course, craft cocktails.

Chances are that, no matter what you're craving, the bartenders at The Hawthorne can make it. The bar's Instagram is littered with photos of classic cocktails, from the Cable Car to original concoctions appropriate for the season. Enjoy conversation with friends over a cocktail—there are no TVs to distract you at The Hawthorne. While you sip, nibble on a small plate of soft pretzel bites with bourbon mustard, deviled eggs, or cheeses and crudités. Keep an eye on The Hawthorne's various social media accounts for a sneak peek at the new boozy creations they're serving today.

The Hawthorne
Hotel Commonwealth
500A Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9150

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Dine at Aquitaine, a Cozy, Upscale French Bistro Just a Short Distance From Avalon Exeter in Boston

If you're looking to enjoy a good meal in a cozy yet upscale restaurant, check out Aquitane. The old-world French bistro has a lot to offer in terms of the menu and the atmosphere, guests say. You won't have to travel very far to enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner here, since the Boston eatery is located just a short trip from Avalon Exeter.

The wait can tend to be a bit long, so making reservations would be a good idea. Once inside, take a seat at the bar or in the dining room. If you stop by for lunch, consider ordering the special, which includes salad, soup, and a sandwich for $12.95. Those who plan to dine at Aquitaine for dinner should check out the day's special. Looking to enjoy a hearty mid-day meal on the weekends? Take advantage of the prixe fixe brunch menu offered on Saturdays or Sundays.

569 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 424-8577

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Mix Up Dinner with Hot and Cold Tapas at Toro Near Avalon Exeter

Nearly 300 Yelp reviews mention Toro's grilled corn—more formally known as the maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija. The overwhelmingly glowing reviews praise this unique tapas dish at Boston's branch of Toro (the other is in New York) for its flavorful blend of alioli, lime, aged cheese, and espelette on grilled corn.

Located not far from Avalon Exeter, Toro dishes out an array of hot and cold small plates in addition to the grilled corn. The gambas al ajillo—garlicky shrimp with spicy chilies—also earn raves from customers. If you'd like to mix things up with a few cold tapas, try the tuna tartare, the platter of cured meats, or the premium cured Spanish ham. You can enjoy the plates at a table or at the bar. Either way, make sure to grab a glass of wine to round out your meal at Toro.

1704 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300

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