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A Beginner's Guide to Boston Nightlife
Jennifer Michel

Boston offers myriad nightlife experiences, not the least of which are its excellent restaurants. Here are a few favorites, organized by location. Because Boston is a relatively small city, however, itapostrophes easy to mix and match culinary delights.

Downtown:

Restaurants abound throughout downtown Boston. These picks range in price from relatively cheap to darned expensive.

  • One very tasty and decently price locale is The Marshall House (15 Union St.; (617) 523-9396). It offers basic but delicious pub fare and is a pleasant place to eat and have a few drinks.
  • For something a little different and a tad more expensive, try Tatsukichi (189 State St.; (617) 720-2468) for excellent Japanese food.
  • Biba (272 Boylston St.; (617) 426-7878) features expensive but diverse and tasty fare served with flare.
  • After dinner, head to Bostonapostrophes oldest tavern, the Bell In Hand Tavern (45 Union St.; (617) 227-2098) for a quiet drink.
  • For a livelier evening--and dancing--try Zanzibar (1 Boylston Place; (617) 351-7000.

The North End:

This section of Boston is renowned for its Italian restaurants.

  • Try Luciaapostrophes (415 Hanover St.; (617) 367-2553). Its dinner menus eclectic, reasonably priced and delicious. Be sure to look up: The ceiling is decorated with gorgeous frescoes.

After dinner visit the Café Paradiso (255 Hanover St.; (617) 742-1768) for handmade spumoni, or perhaps gelato or granite.

Beacon Hill:

  • Rebeccaapostrophes Restaurant (21 Charles St.; (617) 742-9742) serves up delightful New American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Prices are reasonable, making this a stop worth making.
  • Afterwards pay your respects to the Bull and Finch Pub (84 Beacon St.; (617) 227-9605), made famous by the television series, "Cheers". Itapostrophes somewhat touristy, but remains an excellent bar.

Back Bay:

There is much to choose from in the colorful Back Bay, but these restaurants and watering holes emerge as favorites:

  • For seafood visit Skipjackapostrophes Seafood Emporium (199 Clarendon St.; (617) 536-3500. The menu is vast and features unusual dishes, all in a snazzy atmosphere.
  • A completely different but equally excellent restaurant is Café Budapest, located in the Copley Square Hotel (90 Exeter St.; (617) 734-3388). Although pricey, the food is phenomenal, and the ambiance is classic Old World charm.
  • Seeking an after-dinner drink and some blues? Head over to the Pour house (909 Boylston St.; (617) 236-1767). Itapostrophes a little wilder than the Bull and Finch, but definitely not touristy.

Fenway:

  • Mucho Gusto (1124 Boylston St.; (617) 236-1020) offers a change of pace in the Fenway neighborhood. It features traditional Cuban fare such as black beans and rice or paella.
  • Spicy and affordable Thai food is on the bill of fare at Bangkok Cuisine (177-A Massachusetts Ave.; (617) 262-5377.
  • Follow up with an evening at the Karma Club (9 Landsdowne St.; (617) 421-9595) for music and dancing (a dress code is enforced).
  • For more casual fun, try The Tam OapostropheShanter (299 Harvard St.; Brookline; (617) 277-0982) for jazz and blues.

The South End:

  • Desirous of a truly unique dining experience? Try the Addis Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant (544 Tremont St.; (617) 426-8727) in Bostonapostrophes South End. More of an adventure than simply a meal, the dining area is decorated with beautiful African artifacts and the food is served on large platters without silverware.
  • To round out the evening, head to Wallyapostrophes Café (427 Massachusetts Ave.; (617) 424-1408) for live jazz and cocktails.

Jennifer Michel lives in Boston and can be reached at jmichel666@aol.com. She recommends that anyone living in or traveling in New England peruse Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.

jmichel666@aol.com. She recommends that anyone living in or traveling in New England peruse Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.