WHAT’S WHAT? SOUTHIE V. THE SOUTH END

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We break down two neigh­bor­hoods that reg­u­larly con­fuse out-of-town­ers. Sim­i­lar­i­ties end at “South.”

In com­par­i­son to Bea­con Hill, South Bos­ton is mega sized. The neigh­bor­hood sits to the south and east of down­town, and in­cludes sub-hoods such as the Sea­port Dis­trict and Tele­graph Hill. South Bos­ton is fa­mously Ir­ish and blue col­lar. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Stun­ning views of Bos­ton Har­bor con­trast with triple-deck­ers, churches and gritty wa­ter­ing holes. AT­TRAC­TIONS OF NOTE: Cas­tle Is­land in­clud­ing the Loop and Sul­li­van’s (burger stand), Dorch­ester Heights Mon­u­ment, Har­poon Brew­ery, Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art. PEO­PLE WHO HANG HERE: Affluent young pro­fes­sion­als who have scooped up ren­o­vated wa­ter­front multi-fam­i­lies along Day Boule­vard and new lux­ury con­dos near West Broad­way. But, there’s also a healthy mix of lif­ers in Southie, too. LATE-NIGHT SCENE: Bars line both West and East Broad­way, at­tract­ing a post-col­lege crowd that en­joys min­gling and throw­ing back brewskies. GET­TING HERE: Sil­ver Line or Red Line

Arts and cul­ture thrive in the South End. Many artists live and work in the ‘hood, par­tic­u­larly in SoWa (south of Washington Street). The South End sits south and west of down­town. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Brick row­houses pop­u­late tiny, tree-lined streets. The South End is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places as the largest in­tact Vic­to­rian row house dis­trict in the coun­try. Iron fence-en­closed parks pop up with fre­quency. AT­TRAC­TIONS OF NOTE: Bos­ton Cen­ter for the Arts, SoWa Dis­trict, South End Open Mar­ket, in­ter­na­tional restau­rants. PEO­PLE WHO HANG HERE: Creative types, yup­pie fam­i­lies, LGBTQs and a small but vi­brant Latino com­mu­nity. Art lovers and de­sign­ers look here for in­spi­ra­tion. LATE-NIGHT SCENE: Restau­rants are a big draw and reser­va­tions are hard to come by. A gay cul­ture means some bars and a few de­voted clubs bring in LGBTQs from around the city. The­ater is big. GET­TING HERE: Sil­ver Line or Or­ange Line

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