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The most romantic bars in Boston

Planning a special date or a Valentine’s Day bonanza? Cozy up in one of the most romantic bars in Boston.

Wink & Nod
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By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman |
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You've impressed your special someone with a few of the best date options in Boston, so where do you go for a more romantic date? You can make it a night at one of the most romantic restaurants in Boston, or start with something a little more easy-going at one of these romantic Boston bars. The most romantic bars in Boston range from luxe hotel lounges and sophisticated wine bars to cozy restaurant bars and discreet hideaways. For a more casual yet still intimate option, consider one of the best Irish pubs in Boston, best dive bars in Boston, or best craft beer bars in Boston.

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Most romantic bars in Boston

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The Hawthorne
Photograph: Gustav Hoiland
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Hawthorne

Fenway/Kenmore

This swanky lounge—providing a perfect end to date night at Fenway Park—is spread over several subterranean rooms in the Hotel Commonwealth. It can be difficult to find a free space on one of the spot’s many couches, but the classic cocktails and variety of small plates are worth the wait.

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Eastern Standard, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Eastern Standard

Fenway/Kenmore

This glamorous modern brasserie in the Hotel Commonwealth is a perfect, versatile option for getting-to-know-you dates. Grab some seats in the buzzy bar area, and let the friendly, knowledgable bartenders put you and your guest at ease. Fresh juices, house-made infusions, and impeccably sourced liquors translate to a massive drink menu that is seasonally-inspired and populated by reimagined classics as well as unconventional offerings.

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Yvonne's
Photograph: Courtesy Yvonne's
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Yvonne’s

Downtown

Go past the buzzing outer bar of this modern supper club, which retains the old-school vibe and 19th-century mahogany bar of its former life as Locke-Ober, to the library. Here you’ll find comfy banquettes, chandeliers, shelves full of books, quirky portraits of celebrities, and a roaring fire. Ask for a seat by the fireplace and sip a classic cocktail like the Ward 8, a Locke-Ober original.

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No. 9 Park
Photograph: Courtesy No. 9 Park/Susan Cushman
Restaurants, French

No. 9 Park

Beacon Hill

Situated in the shadow of the State House, Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant offers a head-on view of Boston Common. The sleek, cosmopolitan bar and lounge area is popular with industry types and local couples stopping in to enjoy selections from Cat Silirie’s award-winning wine list. Friendly bartenders whip up pricey, special occasion-worthy cocktails.

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Wink & Nod
Photograph: Courtesy Wink & Nod/Atsushi Tomioka
Bars, Cocktail bars

Wink & Nod

South End

Impress the cocktail lover in your life with a visit to this South End subterranean pseudo-speakeasy, where the bartenders tweak the classics of yore (tikis, Collins) using house-made cordials, juices and infusions. Those looking to impress can splurge on one of the “black card” cocktails; packed with pricey ingredients, these run up to $100 each.

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Bistro du Midi
Photograph: Courtesy Bistro du Midi
Restaurants, French

Bistro du Midi

Back Bay

For a romantic, French-accented option, head to this luxe bistro across from the swoon-worthy Public Garden. The gorgeously appointed upstairs restaurant may be a paean to French fine dining, but it’s the downstairs bar that will evoke your date's Parisian yearnings. Mussels, charcuterie, and other Gallic treats are sure to put your date in the mood, as is the pricey, impressive wine list.

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Bin 26 Enoteca
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Bin B.
Restaurants, Italian

Bin 26 Enoteca

Beacon Hill

This stylish Italian-accented wine bar features wine-themed decor and a 25-page wine list. The list is not overwhelming, however, as staff will gladly help you select a wine to suit your mood. Stick with small sample pours to try a range of offerings, or get a carafe to pair with simple, delicious small plates, cheeses and charcuterie. Enjoy a romantic stroll on tony Charles Street before or after popping in.

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The Butcher Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Nodame88
Restaurants, French

The Butcher Shop

South End

For the meat-and-cheese lover in your life, grab a window table (for primo South End people-watching) or a seat at the cozy, soapstone-and-slate bar. Barbara Lynch’s culinary team preps and sources gourmet meats and cheeses, and the wine list includes multiple options that are sure to impress even the fussiest of dates.

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The Bristol
Photograph: Courtesy The Bristol
Restaurants, American

The Bristol

Back Bay

Fancy hotel bars come in all shapes and sizes; The Bristol rightly wins local accolades as one of the best places in town for a romantic rendezvous. Tucked into the first floor of the Four Seasons Boston, with plate-glass views of the Boston Public Garden, the refined spot serves all three meals, along with a renowned burger, but many use it as a cozy hideaway for a classy cocktail or celebratory glass of bubbles with someone special.

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B&G Oysters
Photograph: Courtesy B&G Oysters
Restaurants, Seafood

B&G Oysters

South End

Barbara Lynch’s subterranean South End eatery is a perfect spot for a cozy oysters-and-wine date. More than a dozen different East and West Coast oysters are available each day, served with a delightful prosecco mignonette. The staff can discuss each variety at length while offering a perfect pairing from the extensive wine list. When the weather allows, impress your date with a table on the breezy backyard patio.

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Backbar
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero
Bars, Cocktail bars

Backbar

Somerville

This hidden bar is best found by looking for the disoriented would-be patrons wandering the parking lot between neighbors Bronwyn and the Independent. Once you find yourself inside, you’ll be treated to outstanding service and meticulously crafted cocktails. The low-key vibe means plenty of opportunity for romantic conversation.

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Lookout Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy Lookout Rooftop
Bars, Hotel bars

Lookout Rooftop

Seaport District

One of the city’s most popular options for outdoor drinking and dining sits atop the Seaport’s Envoy Hotel. The expansive skyline and sunset views alone are worth the often lengthy waits at both the elevator and the bar. Grab a comfy seat in the lounge area and sip top-shelf cocktails with your date while grooving along to trendy tunes.

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Haley.henry
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Olivia C.
Bars, Wine bars

haley.henry

Downtown

For an on-trend, Euro-style date night, head to this diminutive wine bar near Downtown Crossing. Tinned fish, charcuterie, and other luxurious small plates set the stage for unique wines from small producers. Female winemakers are the stars of the list of primarily natural wines; if you’re not familiar with natural wines, the friendly staff is more than willing to help.

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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar
Bars, Gastropubs

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Fenway/Kenmore

With its extensive selection of whiskeys—more than 200—Citizen Public House is a prime spot to hit up when you’re looking to warm up. If that’s not enough, there’s a 100+ year-old fireplace. Enjoy some oysters, a burger, and a few drinks, and you’ll be more interested in your date than the Fenway happenings down the street.

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Deep Ellum, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Sara Skolnick
Bars, Beer bars

Deep Ellum

Allston/Brighton

Amidst all the college bars in Allston, Deep Ellum is an oasis for sophisticated types and industry workers looking to enjoy craft beers. Dim lighting and exposed brick match the thoughtful bar program. In warmer months, canoodle with the beer lover in your life on the outdoor porch.

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