Where starchy old Boston ends, the South End begins. South of upright Back Bay brownstones are undulating rows of red-brick Victorians, with generous Bay windows and sociable stoops. New England neighborhoods can seem standoffish, but the South End embraces its historic multi-racial and openly gay communities. New arrivals have lodged in South End rooming houses and mingled at local cafés and clubs since the 1880s. Gays, lesbians and Latinos moved into tenements vacated by middle-class Irish, Jewish and African-American families after World War II, and today the South End hosts block parties for Boston Pride (mid-June) and Hispanic Heritage Month (October). South End nights are full of surprises: Mother's Ruin (gin and pickle juice) at Gallows, real Venezuelan arepas (cornbread pockets) at Orinoco, scorching jazz at historic Wally's Café and chill DJ sets at GLBT-central Club Café.
Getting Around Boston
The easist way to get around Boston is the subway. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency (MBTA; http://www.mbta.com/) operates the Silver Line SL1 to and from Logan Airport for the best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station. This is the best option for transportation to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, MIT and Harvard. Service from Logan on the Silver Line SL1 runs from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every day. MBTA operates 5 subway lines which operate Monday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare on all lines is $2.50 regardless of distance. Passes are available: $11/Day or $18/Week; Children under 12 are free. Boston features a bicycle sharing program, The Hubway (http://www.thehubway.com/), which offers a 24-hour pass for $5 and a 3-day pass for $12.
Nearby Airports
  • Boston Logan International Airport-BOS
Airport Taxis
  • $25-$45
Things to Do and See Near South End