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By Jessica Bowne | October 6, 2016 | People
To coincide with the launch of our Men’s Issue, we chatted with some of Boston’s most eligible bachelors about their favorite date night spots and activities.
"I think anyone who knows me knows I love a few things: walking, talking, the city of Boston, and sushi. I'll call it a great date if all of those things happen. "
“I’m a bit of a running geek so my ideal date would be a long run through the city and along the Esplanade towards Washington Square. In Washington Square, we can take rest at the Publick House to satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst over two large skillets of mac ’n cheese and many, many craft beers. Beer, sweat, mac ’n cheese, and running. Perfect!”
“I really enjoy meeting at a cocktail bar. Boston is fortunate to have numerous bartenders that truly have a passion for what they are creating. They are always happy to learn what you like and create something new while also explaining the history of the drink or its components. This presentation creates a fun ice breaker. I’m partial to the Fenway area since I live there. The Citizen Public House is where I fell in love with cocktails and they continue to employ incredible talent. Fenway also offers Tapestry and Tiger Mama for a great change in scenery, Havana and South Asia respectively, and equally delicious cocktails. The entrance to Yvonne’s is really fun and its décor is just as good as their libations. Though cocktail bars are definitely my go-to, I’ve also found that lunch at the New American Café in the MFA is a great change of pace. While the cocktails aren’t what you would find at the other restaurants the enormity of the glass enclosed courtyard really takes you outside of the typical city establishments.”
“My ideal date would be grabbing a great glass of wine at Oak Long Bar, then taking a walk through the Boston Public Garden, and then ending with a nice dinner downstairs at Bistro du Midi.”
“Date night should be a mini adventure, not just dinner, so my ideal night out is where we restaurant hop the Seaport like there's no tomorrow, from the comfort of two smushed-together bar seats. It's only a matter of time before Northern Avenue transforms into nothing more than a series of sub-arctic wind tunnels, so let's make haste and see how many laughs, bites, and sips we can squeeze into one evening. First, we're starting at Committee for tall refreshing cocktails and some light Greek meze. I never get tired of the ICA, so next let's stroll along the FanPier and catch the tail end of the Summer exhibits (piggy back ride included if we encounter a construction site). Bivalves and a cold beers at Row 34 is up next where I'll tell you all about the Summer I lived aboard a 1920s classic yacht on Nantucket. Finally, we're carrying each other just a few more steps down Congress to Tavern Road for a nightcap, where hopefully two bar seats has miraculously transformed into one.”
"Since it's October and I'm a basic, my ideal date would definitely be something autumnal. Probably a day trip to a New England farm for some combination of apple picking and pumpkin patch scouring, culminating with spiked cider or hoppy beers around a bonfire, a detour through some kitschy haunted house or hayride, and then carving jack o'lanterns to a scary movie. Though to be honest, that'd probably be my ideal date the other 11 months of the year, too. Is that weird?"
“An ideal date would entail a casual atmosphere, an opportunity to have a conversation with someone and get to know them. For instance, the kitchen bar at Myers and Chang, or "the library" at Yvonnes. Having fun and delicious food is such a great part about meeting someone, I get to see if they speak the same language and appreciate great food and I also like to see how comfortable someone is at busy restaurants, it can say a lot about their confidence.”
“We have plans to get dinner and I show up five minutes late, nervous. But you show up 10 minutes late. Phew. Neither of us made reservations and there’s a long wait for a table. So we scrap the plans, walk around the area and end up at a random bar. We strike up a conversation with the bartender. And then the couple next to us. And also some guys next to them. And a woman, Linda, who’s in town for a sales conference at the Hynes. Linda demands we do shots with her and then overshares her life story. We share a smile when she steps out for a smoke. The bartender lets us order pizza to the bar, so we order for all of our new friends. We’re having so much fun that we forget that we’re overdressed. We also forget that we just met each other, which to me, is all that matters in an ‘ideal date’.”
“I am a go-with-the-flow, natural kind of guy so I never plan dates. My ideal date would be to jump around the city and visit some of my favorite places and check out some of hers. The date absolutely has to be involved in the decision making, but we would ideally start somewhere for drinks, head elsewhere for dinner, and then see where it takes us. I definitely enjoy exploring new options and it would be fun to discover some new places that neither of us have been. Anyone who knows me realizes that I can't stay still, so I hope my ideal date can keep up.”
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