Step aside, tea tastings — it’s time to get loud! While Boston’s known for having a certain prim and proper attitude, Massachusetts mademoiselles know how to have a good time. Here are 5 good for groups restaurants in Boston where you can bust out those blowouts, turn up the volume, and turn some heads when your crew rolls deep.
You don’t have to worry about being too loud at the Beehive, where every night buzzes with live music in this elegant yet approachable brick arts space. If you’re looking for intimate conversation, look elsewhere, but this fun spot nestled below the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cycolrama in the South End — often the host of wine and beer tasting events — is the ideal spot for a girls night or afternoon out. Chef Rebecca Newell’s menu takes rustic comfort food and gives it Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair, and the extensive cocktail menu includes exotic libations, several reasonably priced wines by the glass and bottle, and an affordable and extensive Champagne and sparkling wine list. The only issue may be determining who among your squad is the queen bee! Make a reservation at The Beehive.
The Living Room
Looking for a great espresso martini and a place to sit after standing in heels? Look no further than The Living Room, whose couches become great perches for flocks of ladies every night of the week. While head bartender Garrett Hauck says he’s entertained any number of bachelorette parties by taking pictures with and of groups, mixing up rounds of shots, or even “occasionally letting someone sit on my lap” on said couches, the cushy environs make a great place to decompress after work, too, with trivia and games, like cornhole, on Tuesday sand Wednesdays, a DJ Thursday-Saturday, and Sunday brunch. And if you’re around on Mondays, catch a double-header with one of Boston’s few industry brunches. There’s also a great selection of apps perfect for passing among large groups (many of whom pour in for local pours during Pats’ games). Hauck suggests the hand-cut fries, buffalo chicken dumplings, and the spinach artichoke dip, ideal for pairing with housemade sangrias. Make a reservation at The Living Room.
Serene lighting, intimate corners, and rich red and gold tones with plush couches and curtains make for a space where anyone would like to spend a romantic evening, but the atmosphere takes on a different tone just right for shaking those hips like Shakira with nightly belly dancing performances. The downstairs hookah and cigar lounge with music and a full bar is perf for partying like rock stars, or if you’re feeling peckish, pregame in the dining room overlooking the picturesque cobblestone streets of historic Charltestown. Menu hits include a fusion of French classics and Moroccan specialties like tagine, bastilla, and almond duck breast with couscous. You can also fill up your belly during their belly-dancing brunch.. Make a reservation at Tangierino.
With a whopping 250-seat capacity including oversized and large community tables, Red Lantern fast became a crowd favorite for its open kitchen, full sushi counter, and custom wok station. Sexy Asian-style lanterns cast soft lighting, and scarlet hues put diners at ease to enjoy an extensive list of appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, and signature sushi rolls — but the drink list is really what gets the good times rolling. Try a taste of the tropics with a mai tai, island sno-cone, or Peking mule, shake it up with more than two dozen rum choices, or go big with oversized shareable bowls like the Kold Tea, featuring jasmine-and-oolong-infused Tito’s Vodka, lemon, and beer. Make a reservation at Red Lantern.
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
Like many cultures, Italians are renowned for their love of sharing good food with good friends, which makes Cinquecento Roman Trattoria the perfect place to kick back with your squad in one of the large back booths in a wide-open space with lots of shareable menu items. Or, check out the prix-fixe Saturday and Sunday brunch menu, featuring tea or coffee, a glass of fresh juice, a warm Roman ricotta fritter, and your choice of main dishes like fig French toast or a frittata, all for just $12. Driving into the big city from the ‘burbs? Cinquecento’s validated parking — up to three hours for free — makes this an extra-special bargain in a city in which it’s notoriously difficult to find a spot. Combine brunch with shopping at the SoWa Sunday market (which opens again for the season in April) for a winning afternoon. Make a reservation at Cinquecento Roman Trattoria.
Carley Thornell is a travel writer whose experiences eating street food in Japan, English peas in the UK, free-range steak in Argentina, and Brussels sprouts at Estragon tapas in her hometown of Boston have provided unforgettable culinary inspiration. Shout out at firstname.lastname@example.org.