Patriot’s Day, synonymous in most Bostonians’ mind with the Boston Marathon, gives those who aren’t ambitious enough to run 26.2 miles an opportunity to explore ... and day drink.

To take full advantage of the party atmosphere, go where the college kids are.

At the halfway point of the race, Wellesley Square offers a noisy environment full of screaming Wellesley College coeds.

Then, follow the runners to Chestnut Hill, where legendary Heartbreak Hill inspires, or tires, runners as they head towards Boston. You’ll find even rowdier crowds of Boston College students there, and more than a few college kids starting their ‘happy hour’ early.


For those who want a more relaxed marathon experience a bit off the beaten path, the Beacon Hill Bistro, a refined French bistro on 25 Charles St., is hosting a Marathon Monday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Or you could head over to The Beehive, a trendy spot on 541 Tremont St. in the South End, for a modern, artsy take on the holiday.

To fully experience the marathon action, head down to Kenmore Square in the afternoon to watch a throng of marathon runners, fans and crowds from the Patriot’s Day Red Sox game intersect.

For an upscale view of the madness, grab a cocktail at Eastern Standard on 528 Commonwealth Ave. and watch from their patio.

Finally, finish off the afternoon with the runners in a packed Copley Square and enjoy yourself in the postrun festivities at Post 390 on 406 Stuart St. with a healthy meal of bacon mac and cheese and beer.

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