PAX East after-hours meetup
posted February 7, 2011 1:01 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat March 12 at 8:00 PM, Murphy's Law
837 Summer St, Boston, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
We'll be meeting for drinks at Murphy's Law, of Gone Baby Gone fame. It's not the closest bar to BCEC, but it's a short easy walk, and hopefully that means it won't be too busy. This'll be Saturday night, overlapping some of the late Saturday events (JoCo and Omegathon round 3, in particular), but there's not a lot of drinking time that doesn't overlap, so there's really no choice.
You don't need to attend the conference to attend this meetup!

And we are also meeting at PAX on Saturday morning to play games.
posted by Plutor to Meetup (29 comments total)

I will definitely be there. Probably all three days. *Might* have a spare pass for someone to borrow on one or two of those days.
posted by Ryvar at 4:02 PM on February 7, 2011

I am likely to be attending.
posted by grobstein at 6:25 PM on February 7, 2011

I wasn't planning to attend--though Ryvar, if you have an extra pass, I'd love to check it all out!--but, as always, I wanted to rally behind any meetup in a bar. Defend Southie!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:25 AM on February 8, 2011

I'd also note that I am as authentic in my cry of "Defend Southie" as a seven-year-old Flemish girl.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:26 AM on February 8, 2011

"Defend Southie" is a Celtic punk band fronted by Aafje De Caluwaert (7).
posted by grobstein at 5:47 AM on February 8, 2011

I'll show up to a meetup, haven't decided on PAX yet though. Are there still tickets available?

What about organizing a Harpoon Brewery tour/tasting Friday?
posted by backseatpilot at 5:49 AM on February 8, 2011

PAX tickets are still available. They expect to run out of three day passes in the next couple of weeks. No word on how many one-day passes are still around, but they completely sold out last year and I think they expect to do the same this year.

Harpoon only does tours on the weekends. But we could hit up one of the tastings at 2pm or 4pm on Friday. I'm not sure if we can expect it to be totally packed or not. It's a long enough walk from the conference center and in the middle of the day, so maybe it wouldn't get filled by attendees.
posted by Plutor at 6:24 AM on February 8, 2011

Well, Aafje (the "Old Colony's Kleine Duivel") is an outlier, to be fair. There was a time you couldn't walk down Dot Ave after dark without checking over your shoulder for her or her droogs, and you always knew they were packing heavy. Fortunately, the redolent smell of beef tallow, frites, and mussels was enough to put your guard up, at least if you were downwind of them. Say what you want about Menino, but his visionary outreach program for troubled Flemish kids deserves a lot of credit for turning Aafje away from her nascent life of crime and towards music.

Mmmm... frites and mussels.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:53 AM on February 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Admiral: I bought a 3-day pass a while back. I know our company is getting us three day passes as well. My girlfriend might want to hit a couple panels, though, so I'll let you know (or MeMail if I forget to) once the panel schedule comes out. Figure a 60% chance you get at least 2.5 days out of it.
posted by Ryvar at 9:50 AM on February 8, 2011

Not interested in the con, but I work on A Street between Broadway and Summer Street so if there happened to be something around the dinner hour where people were getting together, I'd be there, be it in Southie or the Financial District.
posted by Kosh at 9:54 AM on February 8, 2011

Do you make razor blades?
posted by Plutor at 10:30 AM on February 8, 2011

I'll be there. With bells on (not really).
posted by clockbound at 12:48 PM on February 8, 2011

I do not. I walk right past the little Gillette tribute display pretty often, though!
posted by Kosh at 1:57 PM on February 8, 2011

I will be at PAX for work (though I was planning to attend regardless), so I may or may not be able to make this. I'll know once our schedules are finalized.
posted by cmgonzalez at 2:42 PM on February 8, 2011

Not attending PAX, but I've been in Boston 10 years or so and still yet to go to Southie. (My Irish ancestry would be ashamed, except that my Irish ancesters are from Dorchester, so I doubt they mind.) I may attend just for the field trip aspect. =)
posted by maryr at 7:18 AM on February 9, 2011

I'm planning to be at PAX, and I'll most happily support a meetup that can accommodate non-attendees, but it might be nice to have at least a meet and greet at the con as well. There's so much opportunity for Mefite vs Mefite gaming action at PAX, it seems a shame not to take advantage.
posted by Diagonalize at 2:41 PM on February 9, 2011

Not attending PAX either, but most definitely into a meetup.
posted by pammeke at 11:04 AM on February 10, 2011

I'll go to a meetup, too!
posted by Sublimity at 2:42 PM on February 11, 2011

OK, got a pass. I'm there!
posted by ignignokt at 9:13 PM on February 12, 2011

Not working PAX this year due to baby, but we might be able to swing by for a meetup. Again, it depends on what the lil dude abides.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:08 AM on February 14, 2011

So it sounds like there's some audience for two different meetups:

1) A meet and greet at PAX East itself. Might I suggest first thing Saturday by the PC freeplay? And then maybe those who are interested can play an in-person MeFightClub event? TF2 is traditional, but last year there were a dozenish games installed on the freeplay machines. Others can maybe bring board/card games and pop a squat somewhere.

2) Something else somewhere else that involves ethanol-laced liquids. Harpoon tasting is a good idea, but it's a ten-minute walk for a one-hour mid-day thing. Maybe a Saturday evening meetup at a bar would be more effective.
posted by Plutor at 7:46 AM on February 15, 2011

Two other suggestions near Broadway - Amrhein's or Franklin Southie. Amrhein's is pretty large, and they both have outdoor seating if the weather is warm enough by then (ha!).
posted by backseatpilot at 7:56 AM on February 15, 2011

Warning: PAX three-day passes are sold out, and there are fewer than 750 Saturday passes left, so if you want to go, you'd better act quick!
posted by Plutor at 12:01 PM on February 16, 2011

I'm all for the idea of a meetup at the PC freeplay. I'll be there along with my girlfriend (also a mefighter).

And possibly later for drinkin'.
posted by clockbound at 2:08 PM on February 17, 2011

I picked a place and a time, hope they work out for everyone. I also forked the at-PAX MeFight Club meetup to its own thread.
posted by Plutor at 12:26 PM on February 28, 2011

Both times tomorrow are a little weird for me, but I'll try to slot this one in somehow.
posted by Ryvar at 9:12 PM on March 11, 2011

I'm there! Meet me!

... This place is authentic!
posted by grobstein at 5:08 PM on March 12, 2011

It was me and grobstein and Ryvar. They had a much better selection than I was expecting, and we weren't intimidated once. In my experience, that's a great Southie dive bar review.
posted by Plutor at 6:05 PM on March 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Sorry, I meant to make it, but lost track of when PAX was and completely missed that the meetup was this weekend. I was eating delicious Thai food instead. I hope you guys had fun! I love dive bars and am sad I missed it.
posted by maryr at 9:57 PM on March 13, 2011

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