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Boston Marathon: Where to eat and drink

Come Patriots’ Day, most locals observe the holy ritual of watching world-class athletes run 26 grueling miles through the streets of greater Boston with unwavering reverence and respect.

But for the rest of us ruffians the 115th Boston Marathon will serve as an excuse to blow off work, knock back a few beers and scarf down some cheap wings. Here are few spots that truly get into the holiday spirit. Walk—don't run! (Let's leave that to the professionals...)

T.J. Spirits
Main drags like Beacon Street aren't the only places to check out the action with beer in hand. This oddly family-friendly biker bar rests on Mile 2, meaning you might even catch a fleeting runner's smile. They'll be open at 7am with a breakfast buffet, burgers and hot dogs. They’ve even got an outdoor deck for optimal viewing. 355 Union St, Ashland (508-881-1565)

Cityside Bar and Grille

Not long after the runners chug up Heartbreak Hill, the last of Newton's seven treacherous hills, they pass by this Cleveland Circle bar. On marathon day Cityside will stock $2 Coors Lights, $2.50 Narragansett tallboys, $3 Bloody Marys and $3 Mimosas. Get there at least an hour before the race if you want a breathtakingly panoramic vantage point from their rooftop. 1960 Beacon St, Cleveland Circle, Boston (617-566-1002, citysidebar.com)

Washington Square Tavern
Brookline might not boast a particularly thriving nightlife, but its bars still occasionally pull out the stops. The Tavern will have a little something for everyone: a classic-rock band playing on the sidewalk, a WFNX booth broadcasting live, burgers and franks, $3 beers and a frozen-margarita bar. 714 Washington St, Brookline (617-232-8989, washingtonsquaretavern.com)

Island Creek Oyster Bar
While Kenmore Square's double whammy of marathon/Red Sox crowds normally makes it a no-fly zone, you'll want to make an exception for Island Creek, which will be featuring such specials as “the Bloody Marathon,” a Double Cross Vodka oyster shooter with house sangria, and the “One Mile Sampler,” a fried platter of clams, scallops and shrimp served with a 'Gansett. 500 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square, Boston (617-532-5300, islandcreekoysterbar.com)

The Oak Room
For a classier affair, head to the business-casual environment at the Oak Room, which continues its tradition of Gatorade-assisted marathon-themed cocktails ($15 each). Try the Green Mile, a margarita with homemade lemon-lime syrup, or the Finish Line, which consists of New Amsterdam gin, peach schnapps, and orange Gatorade. What better way to get your daily electrolytes and ethanol? 138 St. James Ave, Copley Square, Boston (617-267-5300, theoakroom.com)

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