To repeat the update below: We’re set for Asgard in Cambridge tonight. The reservation is under my name.
Time — 6 until the die-hards wander off into the snow/sleet/rain bouquet with which we aim to greet distinguished visitors.
Address: 350 Massachusetts Avenue (corner of Mass. Ave and Sidney St.) Phone no: 617-577-9100.
By the Red Line T: Central Sq. stop. The Asgard is on the south side of Mass Ave. about 350 yards east of the stop. That is: its on the side closer to the Charles River, heading back towards Boston from where one gets off the T.
Parking: There are several municipal lots, most on Bishop Allen St., which parallels Mass. Ave one block to the north, including the closest public lot to the Asgard, just off Columbia St. There’s more parking on Green Street, also parallel to Mass Ave., one block south.
I think that’s it.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Image: Édouard Manet, George Moore at the Café, 1878/9
Have fun guys! Next time let’s has a meetup in beautiful western Mass.
Adam L Silverman
You all spent money to hire a distinguished visitor? Not sure that’s the best use of funds, but whatever lifts your kilt.
All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.
@SP: Who pissed in your cornflakes?
Pics or it dinna happen!
@Adam L Silverman: Like we were going to wend our way to Centwal Squayah in THIS weather without one?
Tom, whatever you do, make sure it’s separate checks from jump. Otherwise, you will end up playing treasurer and will get stuck covering a not-insignificant part of the bill yourself.
Don’t ask me how I know this.
@SiubhanDuinne: yes. This x1000
Thanks for being the point person and ironing out all the details. Sounds like it will be a great big fucking deal.
I haven’t commented much in the *mumble mumble* number of years I’ve read BJ, but I’m just a short hop away and it’s hard to turn down a chance to meet you all. J
Still can’t go, but I’m pretty sure the Asgard validates parking at the Star Market garage on Franklin.
Thanks for arranging, Tom. See you there.
@Tom Levenson: Ass-guard? Just quoting a well known philosopher.
Sorry, someone just made that joke at work so no matter how bad it was I had to get it out of my head.
Again with the Irish pub!
Did you spend too much time at the Tam O’Shanter in college (I did!)
Seriously mrs efg and I will be there, unless the weather South of Boston really goes in the crapper. Thanks, Tom.
Hope all you attendees have a delightful time. Glad you could work it out. As someone up-thread said pictures are essential (plus pithy commentary).
I’m so jealous.
I was hoping “Asgard Tonight” was a variety show starring various Norse divinities. I am disappoint.
Why name an Irish pub after a Norse afterworld? Wasn’t exactly a mutually beneficial interaction ‘back in the day’.
According to their website, Green St garage behind the restaurant.
Maybe they figured, being between MIT and Harvard, nobody would know the difference.
KS in MA
Have a great time!
I’ve only been to the Asgard for brunch. Looking forward to trying the lutefisk
@R-Jud: Good idea for a hiatus replacement for Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
(is that even still in production?)
Interesting–that’s not far from the MIT Museum, which, if I remember correctly, is open and does cool things sometimes on Friday nights. (Checks.) Nope, must be occasional special events.
Give my regards to Thor, Loki, Woden and the other deities residing there.
Bringing a bunch of green balloons as a recognition system for people who are otherwise having trouble finding the table is highly recommended, also, too.
@R-Jud: Love it. Wins the Internets for me today!
@efgoldman: I honestly think that might be a different entrance into the same garage.
Lurkers will come out of the woodwork and show up, but so far the LA ones have been uniformly nice, so it’s all good.
@Downpuppy: Dear God man! Why would you subject yourself to that?
@p.a.: If it’s on hiatus, it’s on a loooong one.
@Mnemosyne: At the long ago Psi Fighter meetup we had a lovely lurker show up and we always seem to get one or two at the Seattle meet-ups.
That’s a good choice. Plenty of room. I lived just a few blocks from there during college and we did some dinners for various student groups there. I live in New York now, but if I was still in the area I might have been one of the lurkers to come out of the woodwork. Hope you have fun!
Doesn’t look like Asgard has any vegan entrees.
Unless you’re a really early arrival, you won’t have any trouble. We tend to rowdiness.
@p.a.: Google “Asgard Howth.” It’s not random.
Cool! I’m in :-)
@Tom Levenson: @SiubhanDuinne: This inspires a question.
I’ve been out for dinner a few times with a group of people who all drink alcohol (in some cases, quite a lot). Someone inevitably takes the bill and divides it evenly, even though I didn’t drink at all and some people who did consumed a lot more than others. Is there an etiquette here, beyond baldly saying hey, I don’t really want to pay double or triple my meal bill for stuff I didn’t consume?
ETA: in case it wasn’t clear, I don’t drink at all. One time for this game seems okay, but the second or third time it gets a little annoying.
@JanieM: just ask for your own check.
@JanieM: Ah! Late 1980’s a coworker invited me to multiple Irish Music Nights at local church rec halls (she was trying to set me up with her daughter- nice girl, but I ended up dating a ceili dancer I met there) but I always had the uneasy feeling some of the cash found its way to the IRA. Only beers were Bud & Bud Lite, and every band sang one song that rollcalled every Irish county (Republic at least), and when your ancestral county was sung you stood up.
@Yutsano: These Boston folk seem terribly disorganized.
@p.a.: I spent a month in Howth a long time ago, or I wouldn’t have known the association. (Lovely place it was, at least in those days; I haven’t been back.) There was at that time a hotel or restaurant there called the Asgard, so I’ve always assumed that the Cambridge establishment’s name came from the same association.
@scuffletuffle: Yeah, that seems obvious enough, but I get caught up in the fact that I don’t want to seem like an asshole. I guess it’s worth asking the question of who’s really the asshole…..
@JanieM: I won’t say asshole, but whoever uses their phone to figure out 15% is, well, bless their heart…
according to google, i need to take the rainbow bridge, but i dont see it on any boston map……
@p.a.: That’s another whole rant….I’m not sure I’d end it with “bless” though. ;-)
It is with the deepest regret I must send my regrets for tonight. Car took sickly this am, and is in the Bedford Sullivan Tire where it will be until Monday. Someday I will meet you all, I hope. This would have been a good one to do.
@?eric: Where are you coming from?
Closest bridge is probably the BU Bridge, but the traffic at that hour can be annoying. Not utterly impossible, just annoying. The Mass Ave. Bridge towards Cambridge should be OK. If you take that one, just continue up Mass Ave for about four lights (not a precise number). Asgard will be on your left at the corner of Sidney St. If you come up the BU Bridge there are some local back street tricks you can play, but absent knowledge of one-way patterns, your best bet is to come straight up Brookline St. to Mass Ave., and turn right. Asgard would be on your right, but if you do the tricky thing at Mass Ave. and cross over, jogging slightly to your right, you get to Bishop Allen Street. Turn right, and Muni Lot 6 will be on your right, and if you are very lucky and have sacrificed the right small animals to the parking gods, you’ll have a spot.
It wouldn’t be Boston without:
Which one of you reprobates pulled the emergency cord when you realized you’d missed the stop?
@Mnemosyne: id do an la or sd meetup and im a lurker ;)