If you’re heading to this year’s upcoming USENIX LISA Conference — welcome to Boston!
Threat Stack is a proud sponsor of the conference, and our Pat Cable is an “Invited Talks Co-Chair”. As a Boston-based company located just a few blocks from the event, we thought it would be helpful to provide a guide to our city for those of you who are coming from out of town.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive map to help you with your stay, attempting to be both helpful (Where’s a nearby pharmacy?) and inclusive (Where are some kosher or halal eating options?).
The map is divided into several layers that can be toggled on and off, and it’s color coded to help you find what you’re looking for. We’ve divided it into:
- Conference location
- MBTA lines and useful stops
- Coffee, Tea, Cafes, and Bakeries
- Breakfast (places to eat nice and early)
- Green for fast food
- Red for sit down meals
- Bars & Drinks
- And more!
- Historical sites
- And more!
Traveling to and from Logan Airport
Traveling to and from Logan Airport is about the hardest part of traveling to and from Boston. When arriving your options for getting from the terminals to the city are the following.
- Massport shuttle buses 22, 33, or 55 (free) stop at the Blue Line subway’s Airport station. The Blue line to Bowdoin connects to the Green Line at Government Center station and the Orange Line at State Street station. If you’re staying at the Sheraton or Hilton near the conference the Green Line is your best bet.
- Alternatively, the Silver Line SL1 bus goes to South Station. The Red Line Subway to Alewife connects with the Green Line at Park St. and the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing.
- UberX does not pickup from Logan, only Uber Black service does. UberX can be used for dropoff at Logan though.
Tips when visiting Boston
- Don’t drive. Really, it’s a pretty terrible experience. If you’re not prepared for multiple different streets that have the same name in different parts of the city, or for one way streets that suddenly change direction, then driving here is not for you. If you’re staying outside the city, park at an MBTA T stop and travel by rail the rest of the way. (Our subway is called the T.)
- No one here calls Boston “Beantown.”
- If you see a bear playing the keytar, that’s our local celebrity Keytar Bear. Stop and drop him a buck.
- Fenway Park — home of the Red Sox — is easy to get to. It is conveniently located in the Fenway area. Foxboro, home of the Patriots, is not located in Boston, contrary to the city shots that Monday Night Football shows from time to time, and is, in fact, pretty far away.
- Wherever you are going, there will always be a Dunkin Donuts on the way. And there will still be another one if you missed the first.
- The North End is “The North End”. Not “Little Italy.”
Things to do while you’re here
- Boston Public Arts Walk: It’s a great way to take an alternate walking tour of the city.
- Harpoon Brewery: Though it’s a bit of a distance from the conference, it is accessible via the T. Have some of our favorite local beers along with their giant pretzels. As a bonus, some of the best seafood, including lobster rolls, is available nearby at Yankee Lobster.
- Bukowski Tavern: It may only fit about 30 people, but it has one of the largest and best beer selections around. Can’t decide what to drink? Spin the wheel. Remember to bring cash though.
- High Tea at the Boston Public Library: The BPL serves high tea from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday in its beautiful Courtyard Restaurant.
- Island Creek Oyster Bar / Neptune Oyster / Yankee Lobster: We’re known for our seafood, from clam chowder, to lobster, to oysters, and more. Island Creek Oyster Bar and Neptune Oyster serve some of the finest seafood in the city. Want something a little simpler? Yankee Lobster is a dockside spot down in the seaport.
- The Cantab Lounge offers live bluegrass on Tuesday nights and soul & funk on Thursdays.
- The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub has regular live music (often multiple shows per night).
- Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market: Sure they’re touristy, but the area is an essential stop for any visit to Boston.
- The North End: Have some of the best Italian food around. See an improv show at Improv Asylum. Get your official Boston tourist blue and white pastry box from Mike’s Pastry. (Or go to Modern Pastry if you’re that sort of person.)
- Last Hurrah / Wink & Nod: Prefer a quiet drink with friends? Enjoy spirits over beer? Both of these places have extensive lists and provide a nice atmosphere for sipping fine spirits. Last Hurrah is quieter, but Wink & Nod has the finer cocktails.
Here’s the interactive map. You can click the square in the top left of it to expand the map. We’d love your feedback too. Let us know about anything we can correct, add, or improve. Just tweet at @tmclaughbos and/or @threatstack.
Finally, if you see anyone with a Threat Stack shirt, be sure to stop them and say Hi.