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By Erica Jackson Curran / March 3, 12:00 AM
Spotlight On: South Boston

Where to eat, shop and play in Southie

Stephi's in Southie

Go to Southie for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and stay for the unique mix of lively pubs, trendy boutiques and innovative eateries.

Where to Chow Down
Stephi’s in Southie. The newest addition to Stephanie Sokolove’s popular family of restaurants (Stephanie’s on Newbury, Stephi’s on Tremont) serves cocktails and comfort food with a sophisticated spin.
Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant. With pressed-tin ceilings and vintage-inspired furniture and accessories, Lincoln feels a bit like a swanky blast from the past, but the menu is decidedly modern. Try anything from the wood-burning oven; the butternut squash pizza is especially popular.
The Paramount. After earning a devoted following in Beacon Hill, the Paramount opened an outpost in Southie. Whether you’re going for a craft beer dinner or their famous brunch, this place doesn’t disappoint.
Blue Dragon. South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood has seen an influx of hip new eateries in recent years, including this Asian gastropub from Chef Ming Tsai that takes an Eastern approach to classic pub fare.
Local 149. This cozy spot features a roaring fireplace, local art and rib-sticking fare like chicken ‘n’ waffles with apricot jam, crispy duck legs confit and a barbecue baby back rib sandwich.

American Provisions

Where to Shop
Pretty Reckless. Sisters Jess and Jaimie Sparks bring their opposing styles—pretty and reckless—together at this fashion-forward boutique.
American Provisions. This gourmet grocery stocks craft beer, fine wine, charcuterie, cheese, and locally made products including pasta from Jamaica Plain and French dressing from Chestnut Hill.
Neatly Nested. Interior designer Danielle Platzer has filled her Pinterest-worthy home goods shop with a shabby chic mix of vintage furniture and modern art and accessories.
Ku De Ta. Carrying brands like True Religion, Joe’s Jeans and Alternative Apparel, Ku De Ta keeps Southie’s ladies in the latest looks.

GrandTen Distilling
Just for Fun
Castle Island. Home to Fort Independence, a National Historic Landmark, Castle Island is just a short drive from downtown Boston. Locals flock to the calm waters of Pleasure Bay during the warmer months, but it’s a popular spot for strolling year-round.
Institute of Contemporary Art. The harbor views are almost as breathtaking as the art at this Seaport District museum.
GrandTen Distilling. Stop by on Saturdays for a tour and tastings of made-in-house libations including Wire Works Gin, Fire Puncher Vodka and “Craneberry” liqueur.
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