Boston for the Guys

Sports and beer: two things Boston is known to have plenty of, which makes it an appealing destination for your next mancation. Fenway Park should be at the top of any testosterone-fueled list of things to do, so take a behind-the-scenes tour and then catch a game if the Sox are playing at home.

Neighborhoods worth a visit on this man trip include the Seaport District for its sports bars, the Fenway for its athletic fields and parks, the Back Bay if you're into late dinners and drinks, and Harvard Square in Cambridge just to hang out. 

But don't overlook the little things to do—like enjoying loaded burgers, laughs at a legendary comedy club, scotch and cigars, and more. We've got you covered.

Charles River Esplanade

Located along the Boston side of the Charles River Basin between the Longfellow and Boston University bridges, this green space is filled with people year-round. The open area surrounds the Hatch Shell, which hosts summer concerts, while a jogging path runs riverside along the park’s length.

Boston Bruins

Boston’s hockey heroes roar onto the ice. Home games this month: Philadelphia Flyers, March 11 at 1 pm; Ottawa Senators, March 21; Tampa Bay Lightning, March 23. Games at 7 pm, unless noted. Tickets: $20-431.

Charlie's Kitchen

At more than 50 years old, Charlie’s Kitchen is a mainstay of Harvard Square and hasn’t changed much. Try one of the dive bar’s renowned burgers, that is, if you don’t mind a din—even when there isn’t a band, DJ or karaoke, it’s noisy thanks to the beloved jukebox.

The Comedy Studio

The Comedy Studio has been spotlighting comedians who push boundaries for 15 years. National headliners try out new material as do newcomers hoping to break into the industry. Running themes include: “Mystery Lounge,” “The Big Saturday Night Show,” and “The Sunday Funnies.” Tickets: $5-30. Shows usually daily.

Stanza Dei Sigari

This North End cigar parlor was formerly a 1920s speakeasy and is now decorated with antique cigar collectibles and accessories.

Fenway Park Tours

Soak up the history of the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox while you explore America’s favorite ballpark. These 60-minute tours include a visit to the Press Box, State Street Pavilion Box and the Green Monster, but areas are always subject to availability.

The Sports Museum

You don't need a ticket to a Celtics or Bruins game to visit the TD Garden. The Sports Museum encircles the pro arena and is best seen on a tour, which departs from the Level 2 ProShop.

Tasty Burger

Beer pitchers and burgers are the name of the game at this retro, dive-style diner. Menu includes nontraditional takes on original patties, including the Rise and Shine (with a fried egg, bacon and cheese). Plus, it has quarter-pound, char-grilled hot dogs topped with chili or sauerkraut and awesome frappes.

The Bleacher Bar

This neighborhood bar located beneath Fenway Park’s bleachers offers a clear view straight into center field. While you watch the game live (or one on TV), you’ll find standards on tap and a deli-style menu of sandwiches like Britton beef on weck, pastrami and mustard, and a whole series of clubs. No cover; no reservations.

Boston Red Sox

Watch Boston's hometown team play baseball at historic Fenway Park. Home games: Houston Astros, Oct. 1 at 3:05 pm. Full schedule online. Tickets: $12-165.

Ye Olde Tavern Tours

This walking tour is perfect for history buffs who enjoy sipping suds, too. Spend an afternoon learning offbeat facts about the pre-Revolutionary era from your PhD-educated guide.

Harpoon Brewery

Started in 1986, Harpoon holds Massachusetts Brewery Permit No. 1, and has more than two decades creating traditional beer styles with contemporary flourish. In fact, one of the country’s best craft IPAs is brewed right here.