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With its population split between students, millennial post-grads, international transplants, and working-class families, Allston doesn’t exactly scream must-visit destination. But trust us—beneath that veneer of spilled cheap beer and outdated concert posters lies a wealth of hidden gems, including some of the area’s best ethnic eats and up-close-and-personal spots to catch a concert. Once you’ve had your fill of Allston, keep the fun going by checking out our guides to the best restaurants in Boston, best live music in Boston, and best museums in Boston.
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