12 Bars and Breweries with Running Clubs

Join these fun groups run by local breweries, bars, and restaurants.

If running and beer aren’t a match made in heaven, we don’t know what is. But don’t just settle for the free pour at the end of your next 5K—these Massachusetts breweries, bars, and restaurants all field boozy running clubs of their own. Cheers!

Night Shift Brewing

Photo by Tim Oxton/Night Shift Brewing

Breweries with Run Clubs

Bent Water Brewing: Join the Thunder Squad Running Club for a weekly 3.2-mile run from the Lynn taproom to the beach. The crew meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m, and the taproom also hosts yoga classes on some Saturdays.

Bent Water Brewing, 180 Commercial St., Lynn, bentwaterbrewing.com.

Night Shift Brewing: Night Shift hosts Wednesday evening 5K fun runs on the Northern Strand Community Trail. The group sets off from the brewery at 7 p.m.

Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett, nightshiftbrewing.com.

Notch: Meters for Liters comes together for weekly 5K runs on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning at Notch’s Salem brewery. Afterward, runners are invited to enjoy beer and free pretzels.

Notch Brewing, 283 Derby St., Salem, notchbrewing.com.

Slumbrew: Runners (or walkers) of all paces are invited to join Slumbrew’s Happy Soles Run Club for 3.1-mile jaunts starting and ending at the brewery. Its American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row also hosts runs.

Slumbrew, 115 Ward St. and American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden, 1301 Canal St., Somerville, slumbrew.com.

Social Boston Sports

Photo courtesy of Social Boston Sports

Run Clubs + Pubs

The Brighton Bangers: Survive Hump Day with 7 p.m. runs originating in Oak Square, and ending at neighborhood dive the Last Drop. There are also Saturday morning runs, no booze involved.

Oak Square, Brighton, brightonbangers.com.

The Burren: This Somerville pub hosts a 5K fun run—otherwise known as the “Bur-Run”—each Monday at 6:45 p.m. Runners are invited to head back to the restaurant afterward for food and brews.

The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville, burren.com.

Runfellow: This group sponsors two different run groups, so pick your poison. On Tuesdays, run around Cambridge and Somerville. On Thursdays, head over to the Back Bay. Both groups meet at 7:30 p.m. and end at a neighborhood bar or restaurant.

Various locations, runfellow.com.

Social Boston Sports: In addition to its many sports leagues, Social Boston Sports fields a run club that meets at Lir every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Finish off your three-, five-, or seven-mile journey with a cold beer.

Lir, 903 Boylston St., Boston, socialbostonsports.com.

Stephi’s in Southie: Meet at Stephi’s in Southie each Monday at 6:30 p.m., go for a jog, then head back to the restaurant for complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Stephi’s in Southie, 130 Dorchester Ave., Boston, stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com.

True Runner: This Chestnut Hill running shop sponsors a Pub Runs series. At each event, the True Runner crew partners with a running brand and Bill’s Pizzeria in Newton Centre, serving up 3.5-mile runs followed by pizza and brews. The first round is on them.

Visit truerunner.com for information about future events.


Photo courtesy of Bantam Cider

Honorable Mention:

Bantam: Though it’s taking a brief hiatus from its weekly run club, this Somerville cidery fields a team at each of the Cambridge 5K Series’ eight local races. If you run with Team Bantam, you get to join its VIP area after each race.

Various locations and prices. Register for each race here.

Longfellows: Yes, we know this is a coffee shop—but its location within Lamplighter Brewing carves out a place on our list. Check out its run group, a collaboration with running apparel brand Janji, at 7 a.m. on Thursdays, then head back to the shop for a caffeine boost.

Longfellows, 284 Broadway, Cambridge, longfellowscambridge.com.


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