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Best Bargains in Greater Boston | 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Bargains in Greater Boston | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards
1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)
by in May 2013

Pinching pennies never felt so good! Check out our picks for the best bargains in Boston for 2013. Your wallet will thank you.

BEST BAR WITH FOOD
LIZZY’S, Cambridge
This East Cambridge working man’s bar lost none of its character when new owners transformed it into a bar with great food and no gastropub pretensions. Quaff well-conceived artisanal cocktails or bargain beers, and munch great finger food, such as steamed pork buns, spicy wings, and escargots in pastry. Entrées: from $9. 635 Cambridge St. 617-491-9616

BEST FREE TOURS
BOSTON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Boston
You can certainly navigate the Freedom Trail on your own: Just follow the red line on the sidewalks. But you’ll learn a lot more about Boston’s role in the Revolutionary War and the growth of a new nation by taking a 60-minute tour led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic park ranger. Faneuil Hall. 617-242-5642; nps.gov/bost

BEST REDUCED MUSEUM ADMISSION
BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, Boston
Save Friday evening for your visit to this museum, which sports a big milk bottle out front. After 5 p.m., admission is only $1 per person, and staff members often plan special activities to introduce families to the many exhibits and activities, which are both fun and educational. 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500; bostonkids.org

BEST BARGAIN HOTEL
HOTEL 140, Boston
The grand lobby and the small but high-style rooms are both surprises at this boutique hotel, located in a National Register of Historic Places building constructed as the country’s first YWCA. Its location–at the cusp of Back Bay and the South End–is great for dining and nightlife. Rates: from $149. 140 Clarendon St. 617-585-5600; hotel140.com

BEST BEAUTY TREATMENTS
EMPIRE BEAUTY SCHOOL, Boston
There are no soft lights or New Age music, but the students at this beauty school still find ways to pamper their clients. A facial or manicure makes a perfect quick indulgence. New clients can’t make reservations, so be aware that Thursday and Friday are the busiest days. 30 West St. 617-266-2661; empire.edu

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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