Best Boston Nightlife in Downtown Crossing

Posted March 7, 2013 by Sara Steele-Rogers in Downtown Boston
No matter how you like to spend your evenings, some of the best Boston nightlife can be found in Downtown Crossing. Photo Credit: Jeremiah True

No matter how you spend your evenings, some of the best Boston nightlife can be found in Downtown Crossing. Whether you’re looking to cozy up with a special someone or break it down on the dance floor, there’s no shortage of evening options.

Not sure where to head this weekend? Check out the list below for my favorite night out spots:

Craft Cocktails: Ah, my favorite. Whether you’re into gimlets, sidecars, punches, or martinis, there’s no shortage of perfect liquid libations. While I’ve been known to cocktail crawl through Kingston Station, Avery Bar, and Marliave, my favorite craft cocktails live at jm Curley on Temple Place. Go for the 21 Gin and Tonic, Torontino, or In Fashion, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Dance the Night Away: Sometimes, you just want to dance. To get your groove on in Downtown Crossing, head to GEM—literally a “hidden” gem on Province Street. Part restaurant and part lounge, GEM transforms into a sultry dance club, complete with some of Boston’s best DJs, dancing, and bottle service.

Guys Night Out: Are you looking to crush some beers, eat some wings, and watch the big game? For a guys’ night out, head over to Beantown Pub, which offers greasy grub and a plethora of TVs. A bonus? Pool tables to entertain yourself during commercial breaks.

The Watermelon Martini at Blu will make your year. Photo Credit: Jeremiah True

Hidden Pleasure: Can some of the best Boston nightlife really be found at a bar inside a gym? Yup, and it happens to be one of my favorite places in all of Downtown Crossing! Blu—located on the fourth floor of SportsClub/LA—not only serves some of the best food and drinks in the neighborhood, but it arguably provides the best people-watching around. Phil Murray, their long-standing bar manager, creates a mean cocktail menu based on the season and is always up for making recommendations. My favorite: any seasonal martini on the menu and the Lobster PLT. (Be sure to head their for the Watermelon Martini in the summer.)

Late Night: Delicious cocktails and Fernet Branca aplenty—I’m not sure late nights get much better than a nightcap at Silvertone. My go-to is the Senor Malo: illegal mezcal, Chartreuse, Becherovka, and simple syrup.

Wine and Dine: Aptly named Sip Wine Bar, this recent addition to the Downtown Crossing scene serves a plethora of varietal wines. Sip offers four sized wine pours (sip, 1/2 glass, full glass, and bottle), allowing you to work your way through the menu or commit to a bottle of your favorite for the night. While Sip focuses heavily on their wine program, they haven’t forgotten about food. Their small-sized portions and sushi selection are perfect for sharing and a great overall way to kick off your evening before venturing out to discover more of Boston’s nightlife.



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