With its strip of bars and restaurants near the shops on Newbury Street and the Prudential Center, Boylston Street is a great place for people to eat and drink well into the night.
But many of these joints are pricey, particularly for the college crowd. I've sat down at Abe and Louie's, and dropped $45 on a London broil dinner. That is something I can afford perhaps once a year.
There are, however, a few spots on the strip where you can grab a drink and a bite, and emerge with a few bucks still in your pocket. The Pour House Bar & Grille is actually known for combining a cheap eats with a tasteful atmosphere. Its whitewashed brick walls, some covered with graffiti, and neon signs at the bar give the place some edge.
With its 17 hi-definition, flat screen TVs, the Pour House is also a perfect spot to catch a game.
I recently visited the Pour House with four friends I had not seen a while. We arrived hungry. The sole guy in our party ordered up a burger -- a triple "Wisconsin," with three patties covered in blue cheese.
Burgers at the Pour House are juicy. They come with a generous amount of French fries, but you can swap-in some onion rings or a salad for a couple of bucks more. Even with the substitutions, a triple burger will only set you back about $10.
For non-beef eaters, the vegetarian burger will cost you a little more, but you will be surprised by its savory flavor, and its generous toppings.
The beer at the Pour House is tops, and the perfect accompaniment to its well-prepared (better than most) pub grub. The Harpoon UFO I had with our appetizer --
a massive plate of nachos -- was refreshing.
The Pour House offers 22 ounce frosted drafts, 12 ounce bottled domestic and specialty beers, as well as beer tini's (draft beer served in a martini glass) for only $3.25.
If you're not a beer drinker, The Pour House also offers frozen and non-frozen drinks and frappes. These make excellent dessert substitutes at the end of a meal.
For the early risers on Saturday and Sunday there is a breakfast and brunch menu worth getting up for. It is the perfect remedy for the hung-over crowd who was there the night before.
The Pour House also offers specials Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday night is the establishment's "Crazy Chicken Night," where all grilled chicken sandwiches are half-off. Thursday is "Mexican Madness" night.
Service at the Pour House is quick and attentive. The only time you will see a line out the door is at night, especially on the weekends. Our party did not have to wait very long for our food to be served and our waitress never neglected us.
The Pour House Bar & Grille
907 Boylston St. Boston, MA