For Boston: I don't think there is anything special about The Other Side. Nothing that spectacular about the menu and the food is good i guess. Sunset Grille has a huge beer selection but might be a bit out of the way for you (allston/brighton). Bukowskis has locations in back bay and in cambridge so depending on where you are you can go there for a great beer selection and better than average bar food. North End (little italy area) might be worth it if you want solid italian or pastries. The freedom trail is kinda cool if you're with some friends and the weather is nice Bleacher Bar is really cool if a baseball game is going on as the bar/restaurant is basically inside the green monster http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/47IRT...L25Zk1pMJmwtfA . A nice piece of boston to be pretty much inside fenway park like that. Breakfast in boston consider Mike's city diner and Charlie's Sandwich Shop (both in south end area). They're 2 of the more recommended places and are both great breakfast options Shopping in Boston. I don't know what clothes you're into but here are the good stores Alan Bilzerian, Stel's, Barneys coop, Louis Boston, Drinkwater's Hope all of that helps I was mentioning The Other Side for beer, not food. Should have been more explicit. Not a fan of Mike's Diner. I live around the corner from Mike's and I don't see what is special about it.