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
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. No cover.
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
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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
A perfect match: dog-loving South End and a bakery making healthy dog treats. Opened in 2002, Polkadog now has expanded offerings and five trendy 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