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Customers enjoy food, drinks and live music at Daryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in the South End

Customers enjoy food, drinks and live music at Daryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen.
  • By Peggy Hernandez
  • Photos by Iaritza Menjivar
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It would be easy to visit the South End and never venture anywhere else in Boston. Charming historical brick rowhouses, on-trend boutiques and destination-worthy restaurants make this neighborhood a delight. Visits to SoWa Open Market on Sundays, a lively theater and music scene, and an uber-dog-friendly vibe add to its appeal. Created from a landfill in the mid-1800s, it was revived by gentrification in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, it’s arguably the largest urban Victorian neighborhood in the United States — and culturally diverse and still evolving.

Meet Peggy Hernandez

Peggy is a California transplant who intended to stay only two years. Then: good job + marriage + multiple moves (including to London and Tokyo). The family returned to Boston in 2005. She really does like the weather.

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South End

Olives & Grace
Everything in this tiny subterranean shop invites perusal. Artisanal foodstuff, clothing and gift items made by “small maker” entrepreneurs are curated for design, quality and positive impact.
Olives & Grace, 623 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 02118
The Beehive
This Bohemian food-and-drink cabaret has live music every night: rotations of jazz, reggae, blues, African and country. Reservations are taken for dining, but none are needed for the bar.
The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 02116
J.J. Foley’s Cafe
This pub is perfect for a burger and a Guinness. The same family has run this old-school Irish pub for more than 100 years. Bartenders wear dress shirts and ties, and the TVs are tuned to sports.
J.J. Foley’s Cafe, 117 E. Berkeley St., Boston, Mass. 02118
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Deep inside the Boston Center for the Arts complex, a small theater offers plays and musicals with titles familiar (“Once”), lesser known (“Casa Valentina”) or original (“School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play”). Always thought-provoking.
SpeakEasy Stage Company, 539 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 02116
Polkadog Bakery
A perfect match: dog-loving South End and a bakery making healthy dog treats. Opened in 2002, Polkadog now has expanded offerings and seven boutiques.
Polkadog Bakery, 256 Shawmut Ave., Boston, Mass. 02118
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
More than 60 years ago, this was Bob the Chef’s, a beloved hole-in-wall for soul food and “glorified chicken.” Now it has a new name and serves that chicken with live jazz.
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave., Boston, Mass. 02118
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Peggy Hernandez
Peggy is a California transplant who intended to stay only two years. Then: good job + marriage + multiple moves (including to London and Tokyo). The family returned to Boston in 2005. She really does like the weather.
Iaritza Menjivar
Iaritza is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post who is based in Boston.

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