Picking a bar to sit at and watch the Boston Marathon

This is how they do it in Berlin: If you get to see the winner walking around after the race, we encourage you to invite him or her over to your table to partake in some refreshments. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)
This is how they do it in Berlin: If you get to see the winner walking around after the race, we encourage you to invite him or her over to your table to partake in some refreshments.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Metro decided to leave the running to those better prepared and instead embark on a marathon bar crawl along the route. By the time the first marathoners reach Brookline — around 11 a.m. — the Fireplace’s outdoor grill will be fired up, as normal lunch service is swapped to cheer on the athletes by giving them a waft of barbeque as they run by. Goodies include grilled vegetable sandwiches and Creekstone Farms short rib sandwich with creamed horseradish.

Just past mile marker 25, An Tua Nua’s two-story window walls offer race viewing, while its signature meatball selection offers a Marathon chicken and mozzarella special served on Iggy’s baguette. As the marathon hits Kenmore Square, crowds start to thicken. Get to Eastern Standard early to secure a patio table for curbside race views. (It opens for breakfast at 7 a.m., but that might be a little extreme… Or not.) Indulge in a leisurely brunch, say an egg “dish” like the Vin Amer Fizz, comprising in-housemade vermouth, apricot brandy, Champagne, and topped with egg white foam.

Towne Stove and Spirits patio and bar offer a comfy seat for the final stretch. Figuring that we all need carbs in honor of these magnificent runners, chef Lydia Shire and co. have a quartet of pasta specials (available Fri.-Mon.), including ricotta and lemon ravioli with asparagus and chervil, and fettuccine Alfredo with poached soft egg and truffle.

M Bar won’t have any specials for Marathon Monday, but the window seats are perfect for race watching – come rain or shine. Set a block away from the finish line, inside the Mandarin Oriental, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the action into the room. Get your toasts ready: go pink with Mumm or Veuve rosé.

There probably isn’t a better spot to catch the last drop of sweat than Solas’ patio, but New Balance has rented it for a private party! However, City Bar and City Table, inside the Lenox Hotel, have it covered. City Table usually opens for dinner only, but will open for the day Marathon Monday, serving up menu favorites like the indomitable jerk chicken mac ‘n’ cheese and vegetable risotto with beets and escarole. As the athletes may or may not say: Fuel up; chow down.

Venue details

The Fireplace
1634 Beacon St., Boston
617-975-1900
www.fireplacerest.com

An Tua Nua
835 Beacon St., Boston
617-262-2121
www.antuanuabar.com

Eastern Standard
528 Comm. Ave., Boston
617-532-9100
www.easternstandardboston.com

Towne Stove and Spirits
900 Boylston St., Boston
617-247-0400
www.towneboston.com

M Bar
776 Boylston St., Boston
617-535-8800
www.mandarinoriental.com/boston

Solas
710 Boylston St., Bosto
617-933-4803
www.solasboston.com

City Table
65 Exeter St., Boston
617-933-4800
www.citytableboston.com



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…