South Boston

Welcome to South Boston

The old-fashioned, historic, proud heart of Boston.

Affectionately referred to as “Southie,” South Boston is the old-fashioned, traditional heart of the city. Historic sites from the Revolutionary War, bustling community streets, waterfront leisure spots, and one of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the country can all be found here. Locals enjoy close proximity to delicious restaurants, mom-and-pop cafes, and traditional Irish pubs serving up comforting stews, pot pies, and classic fish and chips combos, all complete with ice-cold pints of Guinness.


South Boston is fraught with historic significance. American Revolution battle sites and forts can still be found today, along with a rich presence of Irish history. The rapidly growing Seaport District has become Southie’s new entertainment center and is home to museums, summer concerts, and more. A certain spirit is definitely felt in South Boston, where a storied past meets the bright present.

What to Love

  • Rich, traditional Irish roots
  • Old-school, hardworking heart of the city
  • Festivals, celebrations, and historic sites honoring this neighborhood’s storied past
  • Two miles from downtown and three from Boston Logan International Airport

Local Lifestyle

Walkable streets, waterfront scenery, and close proximity to Boston’s most iconic sites are just a few of the everyday perks of life in Southie. In addition to these neighborhood amenities, South Boston benefits from a very convenient location within the city. High-paying jobs in downtown offices are a stone’s throw away, making for a very simple morning commute. Celebratory parades, festivals, and afternoons spent in neighborhood parks are regular activities enjoyed by all. Hearty Italian comforts, cozy gastropub dinners, and other fragrant comforts can be found on every street corner seven days a week. If a quick trip out of the neighborhood is in order, South Boston is conveniently located close to major roadways and just three miles from the airport, making last-minute getaways simple.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

South Boston is arguably best known for its pubs, Italian restaurants, and hearty meals, all great for those chilly New England nights. However, a healthy handful of other options line these streets, making for one of the city’s most well-rounded dining scenes.


Lincoln Tavern serves up cozy pub favorites and a few more modern creations in a wood-accented space. Freshly shucked oysters, seared scallops, and brunch are other popular selections to round out this diverse menu. Nearby, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar serves another unexpected menu. A raw bar, tacos, other Mexican favorites, and a few surprising vegetarian and vegan options make Loco an excellent choice for even your most discerning houseguest, all of which are served in a rustic, exposed-brick dining room.


Fox & The Knife is one of South Boston’s favorite dining establishments. Italian staples like cacio e pepe, bolognese pasta, and homemade pesto are served along a modern selection of colorful cocktails, all inspired by head chef Karen Akunowicz’s time spent in Moderna, Italy.


Capo Restaurant and Supper Club is another delectable spot for Italian classics. The first-floor dining room is a rustic, homey spot to enjoy a meal with friends and loved ones, while the underground supper club is a 20th-century speakeasy-inspired setup that frequently features live music performances.

Things To Do

South Boston is famous for its annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest of its kind in the nation and world. Brightly colored floats, traditional music, and widespread celebrations make this one of the city’s most highly anticipated events of the year. South Boston is also well-known for its scenery and natural beauty. Telegraph Hill is one of the neighborhood’s more walkable sections, home to parks, beaches, and Dorchester Heights, the highest point in the neighborhood providing spectacular views in all directions. In the summertime, Carson Beach is one of Southie’s favorite places to swim, sunbathe, and other outdoor activities. Nearby, Castle Island combines scenery with history. Fort Independence offers free tours on the weekends for both locals and visitors alike to learn more about Boston’s colonial history.

Schools

South Boston is home to some of the region's most prestigious institutions for higher education. Some shining examples consist of: 


  • Boston Collegiate Charter School, grades 5-12; one of the better charter schools in the state also boasts a low 10:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Boston College High School, grades 7-12; this private all-boys school features rigorous academics, high SAT and ACT scores, and a stellar athletic program
 

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