sweeping views. There’s a public grandstand outside made of
South American mahogany, and
a glassed-in restaurant, the Water
Café, manned by celebrity chef
EAT, DRINK AND
STAY THE NIGHT
Farther down Old Northern
Avenue is Harpoon Brewery.
It’s not one of the new kids on the
block, but it’s a worthwhile diversion for sampling true Boston beer.
Harpoon has been brewing craft
beer out of a converted warehouse
in the South Seaport since 1986.
Inside, the pleasant tasting room
is a mix of New England charms:
A green canoe hangs upside down
from the ceiling next to a sign
reading, “Harpoon Brewery:
On tap are Harpoon’s best-sellers, IPA and UFO Hefeweizen,
as well as a selection of specialty
brews. Harpoon is a spirited spot
on Saturday afternoons, when
crowds gather at the designated
hour for tastings. On a recent
visit, a jovial man pouring tastes
behind the bar greets me, serves a
draught and quips, “If you don’t
like it, you don’t have to drink it.”
I took a sip and smacked my
lips. “I like it,” I say.
“Then you have to drink it,” he
laughs, clapping his hands.
The first art museum to open in Boston
in more than 100 years, the Institute
of Contemporary Art (ICA) has become
an iconic landmark for the harbor. ICA’s
cantilevered design and stunning gallery
space have brought 21st-century art and
architecture to this once-industrial outpost.