In Transit: Esquire’s Dave Holmes Interviews Gaten Matarazzo in Boston

LeeAnn Huntoon

LeeAnn Huntoon

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In this episode of In Transit Dave Holmes talks all things Boston with guest Gaten Matarazzo. Get to know the “Stranger Things” star over mocktails at the bar inside the Boston airport. You’ll also get a glimpse of what “Beantown” has to offer including where to go and what to drink. Stops include a a “rock’n’roll themed hotel near Fenway Park, a Szechuan restaurant that serves spicy dishes and thirst-quenching cocktails. Stick around and find out Dave Holmes’s top 5 things to do in Boston.

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Bartender, I’ll Have What They’re Having

Have you heard of a Boston Sour?

How to Make a Boston Sour

  • .5oz Egg Whites in a large tin

In a Small Tin Add:

  • .75oz Simple Syrup
  • .75oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2oz Bourbon

Dry shake everything together without ice. Add ice then shake again. Strain into a fresh glass with ice. Enjoy!

Where to Stay in Boston

The Verb

Just across from Fenway park you’ll find the Verb. The two-story boutique hotel in Boston is devoted to all things rock’n’roll. Described as an immersion to a musical experience unlike anywhere else, the hotel is covered in musical memorabilia and artifacts. If you’re a music buff, a stay at the Verb is a must.

Where to Eat in Boston

Sichuan Garden

In the mood for really good Szechuan food? Located within the historic Baldwin Mansion, the restaurant in Boston is family owned and operated. The cucumber with garlic sauce is a light and fresh way to start your meal. The Fei Tang Fish Stew is packed with flavor and with heat. If your tastebuds can’t take it, the spice can be adjusted to your liking. Not in the mood for stew? The Chongqing hot dry chicken is the way to go. The crisp bite-sized chicken is sauteed with peppercorn and red chilis.

Sichuan Garden is also home to two cocktail bars. The tiki-inspired Baldwin bar is located downstairs and the travel-inspired Baldwin and Sons Trading Company is upstairs. The drinks from both bars are crafted to compliment the food menu. Need something to cut the heat? The Rum Fizz Tropical has rum, coconut cream, fresh lime juice, and egg white, and is considered one of the most thirst-quenching drinks on the menu.

Dave Holmes Top 5 Picks of Things to do in Boston


Looking for highly crafted artisanal cocktails then you need to check out DRINK. While they are well-known for their cocktails, while there you have to try one of their signature burgers.

The Coop

Located in historic Harvard, the Coop has been around for over 100 years. The official MIT and Harvard apparel and gift shop in Boston is also one of the largest campus stores in America.

Croke Park Whitey’s

The self-proclaimed dive bar in South Boston has been named one of Esquire’s best bars in America. Get to know the real Boston inside this old-school Southie dive. They are cash only so make sure to hit the ATM on the way there.

The Bodega Store

Hidden in plane sight, the Bodega Store in Boston has a hidden secret. The Snapple machine opens a secret door that harbors a shop featuring the coolest hard to find “kicks” from around the world and the latest Nike drops.

Bully Boy Distillers

Bully Boy Distillers is where passion and craft collide. This distillery in Boston makes rum, vodka, and whiskey. You can take a tour of the distillery to see how your favorite libations are made or you can sit back and enjoy a specialty hand-crafted cocktail on tap.

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