boston picnics at Ringer Park

RINGER PARK
Allston Street, Allston

Remember when Jupiter reared its big bright ass a number of months back, and when the moon got all super? Sky appreciation is tough in the city, but Ringer is a garden of sorts in a neighborhood with the unofficial slogan, "Keep Allston Shitty." Here, you can crane your neck in peace. When the sun is shining, you'll find kids having fun and skaters outside the neighboring school. At night, you'll often find couples on the swings or just walking through. Also, heckle recreational softball games or bring some beer for wiffle ball on the tennis courts. (But don't — that's illegal.)

For the carnivores

THE BIG A | 568 Cambridge St, Allston | 617.782.1222

Dirt cheap. Dirt, dirt cheap. Sirloin steak tips for $7.99. Not enough meat? Add bacon for 75 cents. Blammo — you're on your way to an umami coma.

For the herbivores

PEACE O' PIE | 487 Cambridge St, Allston | 617.787.9884

This vegan pizza joint isn't even half a mile from Ringer Park and was just acknowledged as the best vegetarian restaurant by you, the readers, in our Best poll. If your plan is to stargaze, go on Friday or Saturday and get the "reverse happy hour" deal: buy any pizza in the last hour of business, and get a second of equal or lesser value for free. Most places don't want your business when they're trying to close. Peace o' Pie wants to feed you. Let them.

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