One of Boston's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, Beacon Hill is geographically demarcated by Cambridge Street to the North, Beacon Street to the South, Storrow Drive to the West, and Bowdoin Street to the East. The neighborhood is mostly residential, comprised of numerous red brick townhouses and close proximity to three of Boston's largest public spaces—the Public Gardens, the Boston Commons, and the park space that runs along the Charles river. Because the Massachusetts State House is located here, "Beacon Hill" is often used as a metonym to refer to the state government or the legislature.
Charles-MGH (Red Line) and Bowdoin (Blue Line) stations are located at the northwest and northeast corners of the neighborhood. Park Street station (Red and Green Lines) is just to the southeast. Bowdoin Station is not open at all times: it is only open Monday through Friday from 5:15AM–6:30PM, excluding holidays.
Cambridge St. is accessible via the Government Center exit of Storrow Drive, but street parking is very hard to find. If travelling into Beacon Hill by car, you will probably end up parking underneath Boston Common, which borders Beacon Hill.
- Rose Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, ☎ +1-617-227-6993, fax: +1-617-723-8026, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission: Adults: $7, Children under 12: Free.
- The African Meeting House.
- The Hampshire House/Cheers Beacon Hill, See details under the Drink section.
- Charles Street is lined with numerous antique stores and boutiques.
The western end of Beacon Hill, otherwise known as the "flat" of Beacon Hill, is crossed by Charles St., home to numerous antique stores, restaurants, and bars. Cambridge Street to the north is less quaint, more urban, and also home to numerous bars and restaurants. Bordering Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge Street in large part caters to the employees of this hospital and the large number of students and young professionals that work in this area.
- Beacon Hill Bistro, 25 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 723-7525. Outstanding neighborhood French bistro.
- King and I, 145 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 742-3447. A consistent winner of the Best of Boston award for the best Thai food.
- Figs, 42 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 742-3447. Todd English's second restaurant of this name. Gourmet pizza in a cozy environment
- The Paramount, 44 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 720-1152. A local, cafeteria style "joint" with great breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
- Artu, 89 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 227-9023. Wonderful Italian restaurant offering everything from lasagna to rotisseried chicken.
- The Upper Crust Pizzeria, 20 Charles Street, ☎ +1 617 723-9600, fax: +1 617-723-6685, e-mail: email@example.com. Su-W 11:30AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM. A local upscale pizza chain.
- 75 Chestnut, 75 Chestnut St., ☎ +1 617 227-2175. Casual (for Beacon Hill) restaurant with attached bar. Has a pretty typical American style bistro menu and tin ceilings.
- Toscano, 47 Charles St, ☎ +1 617 723-4090. Fancy Tuscan restaurant.
- Grotto, 37 Bowdoin St, ☎ +1 617 227-3434. Intimate Italian restaurant in the shadow of the State House. There is a nightly prix fixe menu.
- No.9 Park, 9 Park St (Next to Boston Common just in front of the State House), ☎ +1 617 742-9991. The flagship restaurant of Barbara Lynch (she also operates the B&G Oyster Co. and The Butcher Shop in South End) and one of the most acclaimed restaurant in Boston. Choose from an a la carte menu or order a multi-course tasting menu.
Despite Beacon Hill's reputation as a stuffy enclave for Boston's upper classes, the bar scene here is pretty low brow. Where you expect to find ludicrously over priced cocktail places you will find dive bars and simple pubs catering to everyone, but mostly State House workers.
- Cheers Beacon Hill, 84 Beacon Street (T: Park Street), ☎ +1 617 227-9605. 11AM-2AM. The inspiration for the famous TV show lies on the border of Downtown Boston and Beacon Hill. After visiting the bar and talking with bartender Eddie Doyle Cheers producers decided to base the television show off of the Finch & Bull Pub in Boston. If you want Eddie Doyle, the man who helped to inspire the show, make you a drink he bartends Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and has been working for the bar for over 30 years.
- Beacon Hill Pub, 149 Charles St. 12PM-2AM. Delightfully out of place. Beacon Hill is upper class Boston, but Beacon Hill Pub is a cheap, working class dive that has become popular with students.
- The Sevens Ale House, 77 Charles St, ☎ +1 617 523-9074. 11:30AM-1AM M-Sa 12:00AM-1AM Su. Casual drinking establishment with a pretty typical pub menu. Good for avoiding tourist crowds at Cheers and for people not interested in divier options.
- PRESSED, 120 Charles St, ☎ +1 857 350-3103. Fancy smoothie spot with cold pressed juices and a small vegetarian food menu.
- Harvard Gardens, 316 Cambridge St, ☎ +1 617 523-2727. Simple pub across the street from MassGeneral. Popular gathering spot for hospital employees.
- Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill, 5 Blossom Street (T: Charles-MGH or Bowdoin), ☎ +1 617 742-7630. Good location overlooking the Charles River at the foot of Beacon Hill. Hotel completed multi million dollar renovation. Near Massachusetts General Hospital. Provides free wi-fi.
- Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street (T: Charles-MGH), ☎ +1 617 224-4000. Located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood by the Charles River and its Esplanade. On a bizarre side note, the hotel occupies a former prison that once held former mayor James Michael Curley (imprisoned in 1904 for fraud), Frank Abagnale, Jr. (portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can) and a Nazi U-Boat captain captured in 1945 who later committed suicide.
- Beacon Hill Hotel, 25 Charles St, ☎ +1 617 723-1133. Upscale boutique hotel on Beacon Hill's main thoroughfare.
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