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Every Friday at Jacob Wirth’s in Chinatown there is a live piano singalong with pianist Mel Stiller. He’s been performing at Jacob Wirth’s since 1988 and plays from 8pm-midnight. It’s a lot of fun with a group of friends, a table, and some good German food and beer.
A new site called PadMatcher is exclusive to Boston and doesn’t have any duplicate listings (doesn’t scrape from Craigslist). It’s pretty easy to navigate and completely free. You can find roommates on there as well. The address for the website is padmatcher.com.
The 3rd Sunday of every month from April to October there is a MIT Flea Market with a ton of old electronics, gadgets, and unique items for pretty good prices. It’s a bunch of MIT-type people but you can get some great finds. You can find out more information at http://www.mitflea.com
Boston Harbor Mini Speedboats does 1.5 hour tours around Boston harbor where you get to control your own 2 person speedboat at your own speed. They go to the JFK Library, Castle Island, Tea Party Museum, Zakim Bridge, USS Constitution, and more for only $140. It’s a lot of fun for a sunny afternoon and gives you the chance to get out on the open water of Boston Harbor.
In Boston you only get a few months out of the year to truly enjoy the weather before it gets back to sleet, rain, snow, and clouds. With time so limited you need to make the best if it and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are 5 awesome free activities that you can do outside in Boston during the summer months.
Right on Boylston St near Prudential/Lord and Taylor is Cigar Masters. It’s a great, relatively subdued and hidden place to go and enjoy a cigar while having a drink. They have a big selection of cigars for aficionados and beginners alike. Although they don’t have a liquor license you can enjoy a cold beer or wine with your cigar as well.
Every Monday at 6pm, Lululemon hosts a run club event at their store in the Prudential Center. People meet up and go for a 3-8 mile run then go to the Back Bay Social Club afterwards for free appetizers, drinks, and food.
Last year Boston debuted it’s bike-sharing program called Hubway. If you’re looking to get into commuting by bike or just want to get around the city it’s a good deal. For $70/year you can get unlimited rides under 30min, or for $5 you can get a 24-hour membership. There are over 400 bikes in the system now all over Boston and the system will be expanding to over 1,000 total bikes and including Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. More information is at http://www.thehubway.com
The biggest issue for any city dweller in the summer is how to beat the heat. Public pools are crowded, the esplanade along the charles is packed, and there’s no real relief if you don’t have a car to escape the city. Luckily there are 5 really solid beaches that are easily reachable by using the MBTA.