Boston may no longer be the Hub of the Universe, but there’s a lot to offer everyone. Whether you’re into the outdoors or prefer your fun indoors, like it upscale or getting’ down and dirty, Boston has it all.
Red Sox Game/Dinner At Burton’s Grill
1363 Boylston Street
(617) 236-2236, BurtonsGrill.com
So, not so offbeat I guess, but I think it’s the best summer date in Boston. Fantastic, fresh food on Burton’s patio followed by a game at America’s greatest ballpark? What could be better? Plus, some people complain about the tight seating in Fenway, but on a date? It’s certainly conducive to some minor PDA.
Kaze Shabu Shabu
1 Harrison Ave, Chinatown
(617) 338-8283, KazeShabuShabu.com
Sure, you have to cook your own food, but isn’t that kind of fun? You can always cook each other’s food. It’s not the most romantic place in town – the lights are bright and it can be a little loud, that’s why I put it under “offbeat”. What better way to get to know someone than over a communal hot pot?
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
(781) 259-8355 DeCordova.org
This one’s a little outside of Boston, but so worth the trip. The indoor gallery is beautiful, but the draw is really the sculpture park. DeCordova features acres and acres of amazing contemporary sculptures. You can wander around for hours, and even picnic (go ahead, sneak in some wine). I personally think the best time is in the fall when the surrounding trees add to the backdrop.
215 Charles Street
(617) 224-4000, LibertyHotel.com
A former jail, this is the cities hottest hotel. The Liberty features stylish, comfortable rooms and hi tech amenities. It’s also home to three restaurant/bars –including Scampo from Lydia Shire, one of Boston’s top chefs. The Liberty is walking distance to Beacon Hill, the Financial District and the Commons.
90 Tremont Street
(617) 772-5800, NineZero.com
This downtown contemporary boutique hotel is located steps from the Boston Common, and walking distance to the Theater District, Financial District & Fanueil Hall. Nine Zero has it all – comfort, modern style and an attentive staff.
710 Boylston Street
(617) 536-5300, LenoxHotel.com
If you’re looking for something less “contemporary”, The Lenox is a great choice. Located near Newbury Street, the Lenox features classic décor, absurdly comfortable beds and great views of the Back Bay. Some rooms even have fireplaces.
215 Charles Street
(857) 241-1144, AlibiBoston.com
Located in the Liberty Hotel, which used to be the Charles St. jail, Alibi quickly became the hottest spot in Boston, and it actually lives up to the hype. Alibi has great drinks, great atmosphere (like original cell walls) and an age diverse crowd. Plus a few celebs now and then.
Boston Ski & Sports
One of the best non-bar single scenes in town. BSSC offers a ton of different activities – from team sports like kickball and soccer, to skiing and even wine tastings. If you’re looking to meet new people, this is a great group to join. If you don’t hook up, you’ll probably still make a few new friends to prowl with.
355 Congress Street
(617) 357-5825, LuckysLounge.com
Not the easiest place to find, but the lack of a sign for Lucky’s only adds to its coolness factor. (Hint – it’s in a basement. Look for the line on weekends.) Great pub food, big drinks and a diverse crowd make it worth finding. Lucky’s is generally known as an after work drinks spot for the financial district/Fort Point area, but it stays hopping all weekend with live music Thursday through Sunday (Sinatra Sunday!)
ROMANTIC DINNER A DEUX
83 Main Street, Charlestown
(617) 242-6009, Tangierino.com
Located in historic Charlestown, this is the place for Moroccan. The décor is simply gorgeous, and you’ll feel like you walked into a North African bazaar. Cushy booths, couches with comfy pillows, tapestries, elaborate woodwork, rose petals on the table, and…belly dancers. If you’re lucky, you may get one of the tables tented with sheer curtains. It’s a great place to linger over dinner, and don’t forget to try the hookahs.
30 Gloucester Street
(617) 536-4341, CasaRomero.com
Tucked away in Back Bay (Literally. You’ll find it in an alley between Commonwealth Ave & Newbury St.) Casa Romero features some of Boston’s best Mexican food (and sangria). Casa Romero is charming, authentic, and extremely cozy. If the weather permits, try the outdoor terrace for some canoodling under the stars.
415 Washington Street, Somerville
(617) 661-3254, DaliRestaurant.com
Behind the purple doors of Dali, you’ll find crazy eclectic décor, equally crazy (enthusiastic!) staff and amazing tapas. Dali is warm and dark, with tables tucked here and there, free flowing wine and little plates full of yummy Spanish delicacies to share.
49 River Street
Fantastic, sexy lingerie in the hear t of staid old Beacon Hill. A charming little boutique with an extremely helpful staff– the place to go if you’re looking for something special, or need a little help. Start a wish list if your significant other is gift challenged.
Sweet N Nasty
90 Mass Avenue
(617) 266-7171, Sweet-N-Nasty.com
If you find yourself in need of erotic sweets, Sweet N Nasty is the only place to go. If you’re going to buy a giant penis cake, it might as well taste good, right? It’s more than just a cake shop though – they stock other edibles and fun stuff. If you’re looking for something less pastry-like, make the short walk down to Condom World (332 Newbury Street, (617) 267-7233) – for its huge selection of everything naughty, and let the knowledgeable staff help you with everything else you need.
175 Newbury Street
(617) 536-1919, ClosetBoston.com
If you’re looking for a killer outfit, try The Closet on Newbury St. before hitting any of Boston’s other high end shops. The Closet is a consignment store for designer treats and it’s full of fantastic finds. Nobody needs to know that Marc Jacobs dress you’re rockin’ cost less than dinner.