South Boston (almost universally referred to as "Southie" by locals) is densely populated – known for three deckers and rowhouses, there are single family homes in the neighborhood too.
Neighborhood pride is synonymous with South Boston. Its residents, mostly of Irish heritage or from Ireland itself, are famous in town for their love of and loyalty for their neighborhood.
Note that South Boston is a different neighborhood than the similarly named South End.
Red Line: Broadway and Andrew stations serve South Boston. JFK-UMass station is in neighboring Dorchester, but is very closer to the border with South Boston.
Routes SL1 and SL2 of the Silver Line bus rapid transit service go to the South Boston waterfront. Courthouse, World Trade Center, and Silver Line Way stations are served by both routes. The SL2 route continues through South Boston to the Black Falcon Pier, while the SL1 continues to Logan Airport.
Routes 5, 7, 9, 10, and 11 also serve South Boston.
Exit 25 of Interstate 90 and Exit 16 of Interstate 93 serve South Boston.
- Year round, a visitor can find residents strolling up and down Broadway doing their shopping and greeting their neighbors.
- Visit Boston Harbor Islands National Park by ferry from Dock #10, Drydock Av., off Summer Street, at EDIC Pier, Phone: 617-223-8666, .
- Southie boasts miles of beaches and waterfront parks that culminate in Castle Island. There, visitors can enjoy the Revolutionary War era fort, get a bite to eat at Sullivan’s, play in the playground, fish off the pier, or simply take a stroll.
Visitors should note that Jones Department Store (aka 'Joneseez'), an iconic Southie clothing store that sold much of the clothing featured in movies such as "Mystic River" and "The Departed", will close in mid-summer 2007.
- Amrhein's, West Broadway. welcoming, delicious, and the oldest hand-carved bar in America.
- Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, 429 Columbus Ave, +1 617-536-7669. A relatively cheap restaurant serving award-winning breakfast and lunch. Has been in business since 1927, and oozes history from its walls.
- Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper St., +1 617-426-CRAB. MBTA: Red line to South Station. Excellent seafood and American cuisine. Outdoor dining in a clam shack atmosphere, overlooks Boston Harbor and view of downtown. Kid friendly. Live music daily. $20.
- Salvatores of Boston, 225 Northern Ave (Silver Line to Silver Line Way.), ☎ 617-737-5454. Upscale Italian food and great pizza.
- LTK Bar and Kitchen, 225 Northern Ave (Silver Line to Silver Line Way), ☎ 617-330-7430. su-we 11am-1am thr-sat 11am-2am. Great seafood experience from Legal Sea Foods.
- Cafe Polonia, 611 Dorchester Ave. (T: Andrew), ☎ 617-269-0110, . 10 AM to 9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM to 10 PM Sat-Sun. Quite possibly the only Polish restaurant in Boston, but one of the better restaurants by any standard. Authentic Polish food at very reasonable prices, although it may be too authentic for some (e.g. the lard with bacon bits that's provided as a spread for bread). The place is very small, so reservations are recommended.
- Persephone, 283 Summer Street, walking distance of new Convention Center - +1 617-695-2257 - very "artsy", modern design, beautiful space. Young, helpful, waitstaff. Excellent food, in the style that goes with the decor. Fresh oysters. Fava beans with farro, basil, almonds and scallops were delicious.
Southie has a variety of bars and pubs and, more recently has been the location for some new restaurants.
- Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, 888-427-7666 ext 522, . Tastings Tu-Th at 4PM, F 2PM and 4PM, Sa 12 PM,2 PM, 4PM (limited capacity means you may be turned away, especially at 2PM and 4PM Saturday). This is more of a one-hour tasting than a tour. Families welcome. Only those over 21 sample.
- Morton's: The Steakhouse, World Trade Center East Two Seaport Lane (Silver Line to World Trade Center), ☎ 617-526-0410. A conservative dinner for two without drinks will run you about $150, not including tax and gratuity.
- Ramada Boston, 800 Morrissey Boulevard,Freeport St, +1 617-287-9100, .
- Doubletree Club Hotel Boston Bayside, 240 Mt. Vernon Street +1 800-HILTON, . Conveniently located adjacent to the Boston Bayside Expo Center and the Bayside Executive Conference Center, the Doubletree Club Hotel Boston Bayside is an excellent choice for any Boston Bayside stay, whether business or pleasure.
- Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress St., (T: World Trade Center).
- Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane (at Northern Ave), (T: World Trade Center), Phone: +1 877-732-7678. One of the new deluxe hotels that's sprung up around the South Boston waterfront area in the past couple years.
- Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, (T: World Trade Center), Phone: +1 617-532-4600. Connected to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.