Marathon Monday – Restaurants on the Boston Marathon Route

Happy Patriot’s Day to my fellow Massachusetts dwellers! Today, as all Bostonians know well, is Marathon Monday. The 114th running of the Boston Marathon will take place beginning this morning. Today is also my third consecutive year volunteering at the Marathon loading buses at the Boston Common. Set up begins at 5:00am and I’ll be there with Dane and my PIC (partner in crime) Nino to help get the thousands of runners on buses headed to the starting line in Hopkinton.

The first year I managed to keep myself awake and went out for breakfast once our volunteer shift was over. Last year, I was exhausted and could not manage to keep it together and stay in the city. This year, I promise myself that I will stay on Boylston Street and watch the runners cross that finish line.

That got me to thinking, where is the best place to go after we’ve bid farewell to the runners and sent them on their way? Then that just made me wonder what other restaurants are along the marathon route. So I started researching, and chose some of my favorites.

And here they are, in no particular order.

903 Boylston Street, Boston

This is where we will most likely be spending our time after our volunteer shift. Lir is an Irish Pub right on Boylston Street, where the marathon finish line is. You can watch the runners go by inside from the front windows, which open during the nicer weather to create an outdoor patio feel. A local radio station, WAAF, will also be broadcasting there beginning at 10am. I happen to really love this place. It has a great relaxed feel. Never had a brunch there, but I’m looking forward to it!

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

This place is currently on our Restaurant Wish List. We’ve never been here, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews from friends who have visited. I would really love to try their Mac and Cheese with Pork Belly Confit. I think we all know how I feel about mac and cheese, and it one of the item menus that people tell me to try time and time again. Eastern Standard also has an outdoor patio, which I would imagine would be open if weather permits, making it a great spot to see the race.

Cactus Club
939 Boylston Street, Boston

This would make an awesome spot to see the Marathon. Cactus Club is located on Boylston Street, at the corner of Boylston and Hereford Street. The Boston Marathon route has the runners come down Hereford, then turn left on to Boylston where the finish line awaits them. There’s an amazing energy when the runners turn that corner and head for the end of the marathon. Not to mention, Cactus Club has awesome margaritas and sangria. What better way to cheer the runners than with a delicious cocktail in hand? Cactus also has an outdoor patio, which is lovely if the weather holds out.

1010 Beacon Street, Brookline

Our favorite Irish pub in all of Boston. This pub is laid back with great food and a comfortable atmosphere. Every meal I’ve had here has been delicious, not to mention every drink. They have several Irish beers on draught, along with Magner’s cider. O’Leary’s is smaller than the two previous bars I mentioned, so you won’t have quite as many people on Marathon Monday, though you can still count on it being crowded because of the prime location along the marathon route. No outdoor seating here, but you’ll definitely see the runners if you step outside onto the sidewalk on Beacon Street.

There are countless places to see and enjoy the Boston Marathon today, even if it’s from the comfort of your own couch. At least know you’ll be sleeping later than we will, and wish us luck with our 5:00am shift at the Boston Common!

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