The city is never more alive than in October, when its greatest teams (and also the Celtics) are all in full swing.
Leave It to the Professionals
A Weekend of MLB and NFL
Saturday – October 2
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
Sunday – October 2
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
• First, let us stipulate: You need not be a Boston sports fan to appreciate a weekend of Boston sports. For once, ignore the scoreboard and just go for the aesthetics—a baseball pennant race in America’s oldest ballpark, a football dynasty playing on a brisk fall afternoon. Treat the games themselves like a movie. You’re simply there to be entertained.
The Red Sox (1) are up first. They’re hosting the Blue Jays in the last regular-season series of the year, which could very well decide the AL Wild Card race. That’s exciting. And so is the hotel where you’re staying The Verb Hotel (2)— which used to be a Howard Go Team! Go Back to School A Weekend of College Sports Johnson’s and is now a rock ’n’ roll–themed boutique with killer views across the street to Fenway Park. If you were any closer, you’d be on the field.
After the last pitch, you’ll wanna cab it to Yvonne’s, a London-style bar (pressed-tin ceiling, supper-club vibe) without the snooty London attitude. Admire the oil painting of a tattooed JFK wearing a wife-beater. Then order yourself a series of Old Pals, which are basically Negronis with rye instead of gin.
The next morning, you’re up early(ish) for the schlep to Foxboro to see if the Bills can beat the Patriots on the last game of Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension. (Spoiler: They can’t.) With the game over around four, you’ll be home in time for dinner at Sweet Cheeks BBQ (3), two blocks from the Verb. Get the pork ribs with the salt-and-pepper potatoes. And with a tangerine-colored Night Shift Furth beer from just up the road in
Go Back to School
A Weekend of College Sports
Saturday – October 22
Quinnipiac vs. Boston University hockey
Sunday – October 23
The Head of Charles Regatta
Around 300,000 spectators pack the banks of the Charles River for the world’s largest rowing regatta (4), and this year you’ll be one of them. But the best races—the Championship 8s — don’t come down until two, so you’ve got time to stroll from your room at The Charles Hotel to brunch at Alden & Harlow (5) in Harvard Square. Order the pickled-corn pancakes and bribe your server to hook you up with a limited- edition burger.
Then walk down to the Weeks footbridge and elbow your way to a spot along the edge. The eight-man crews will glide directly beneath you, and because Weeks sits at a perilous dogleg in the river, you’re likely to see a spectacular crash. (Rowing: It’s NASCAR for blue bloods.)
After the race Uber it to Branch Line, a restaurant known for two things: an outdoor bocce court and rotisserie chicken (served, for a $5 surcharge you won’t regret, with a side of drippings). Then cross the river to watch B.U. drop the puck against Quinnipiac, which finished in 2015 second in the nation in hockey and last in pronounceability. Finish your night at Trina’s Starlite Lounge, where Miller High Life is served by the bucket—and where absolutely nobody cares who won the game. — Nick Marino.