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For Rebecca, Boston was love at first sight. Ten and a half years ago, she came to a Red Sox game one day from her home in Pawtucket, RI, walked through the Northeastern (NU) campus, and ended up applying and moving in six months later. Since then, she’s lived at NU by Fenway, in Southie, back to the NU area, and finally settled in Brookline three years ago. When she’s not working diligently in the Concert Operations office at Berklee College of Music, you’ll find her with beer-in-hand—which makes perfect sense, since Rebecca runs the local chapter of ladies-only beer-enthusiast group, Girls’ Pint Out.
What’s your favorite thing about sharing reviews on Places?
I love finding new spots based on other people. I’m typically the friend to introduce folks to new places, but sometimes it’s nice to open the app and just let it guide me to the next (beer) bar.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
If the sun is out, there’s a good chance you can find me on a patio, with a beer, being the obnoxiously loud-laugher. I’ve been known to be on the Eastern Standard patio with the heaters well into November. I also run the local chapter of Girls’ Pint Out, where I plan social and educational events for women (we include the boys sometimes, too!) to learn about and try new craft beers with an emphasis on local breweries. We’ve been around about a year and a half now and it’s an incredible time.
Share an ultimate insider tip for your city:
Avoid the tourist spots. Go to the bars where you’ll find the owner behind the bar, where they go out of their way to shake your hand, where the menu is local, the beer is local, and the music is cranked. Hit up the random spots near DTX, away from the hustle of Newbury Street.
If you could see any celebrity’s reviews on Places, who would you choose and why?
Julia Child! If I could go everywhere she did while she lived in Cambridge, I’d feel a bit more complete at the end of the day.
Do you have any secret talents?
Other than invisibility and time travel? Sadly, no.
What would your superpower be?
Being in two places at once! This city is incredible for events—especially for the community manager or social media folks. It’s hard to be everywhere at one time!
Do you have any pets?
I do! An absurdly bratty cat, Sophie, who spends her time pretending to be a dog and playing fetch.
What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure?
A night off, a terrible Bravo tv show, a Narragansett lager, and Cheerios.
What are some of your local favorites?
Stoddard Fine Food & Ale – I stumbled upon this spot for a beer event and haven’t stopped making the trip back as much as I can ever since. Delicious food (the lobster scallion hush puppies are magic), always changing beer list (great focus on local breweries), and the staff is just incredible. A great spot for after work, weekends, or if you’re me – any time.
Vee Vee – Incredible spot with a seasonal menu (kudos for so much local food) and delicious beers on tap. The staff is friendly and welcoming.
The Haven – I can’t tell you enough about how you need to get here immediately and eat the burger. Great spot, cozy decor (favorite winter spot), and an incredible staff.
Samuel Adams Brewery – Great tour. The cost is free, but a suggested donation which goes to local charity is $ 2. It’s great to learn about the brewing process and try some beers on tap that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Great store inside to pick up some Sam swag (totes, tees, Barrel Room Series beers). Hop on the trolley to Doyle’s after, order a Sam and get a free Perfect Pint Glass.
Salty Pig – Salty meat, stinky cheese, delicious beer. Bonus points for housemade pickles.
Posted by Adri Cowan, Boston community manager