City Tap House father's day special of steak and beer and golf
Photograph: Courtesy City Tap House

Where to take dad on Father's Day for food, drinks and fun

Make dad proud by making a reservation this week.

Tanya Edwards

Father’s Day always seems to creep up fast, and we find ourselves looking for the right way to celebrate our own dads and our children’s fathers. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, this year and there are still plenty of ways to celebrate dad. A present or card is always appreciated, but a thoughtfully planned brunch, dinner or day-of drinks can really show the father figure in your life how much you care. Read on for our top picks this Father’s Day. 

For more fun ideas to do with dad, check out best things to do this month, the best things to do with kids and the best hiking spots near Boston.

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Father’s Day brunches dad will love

  • Seaport District

Sunday brunch with a twist for dads who love to play games is on at Flight Club. The Seaport “social darts” spot has an all-new weekend brunch menu with bottomless bubbles, bites and darts available every Satrday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Play darts with dad, share a mimosa tower with the adults and munch on flatbreads, breakfast sliders and avocado toast. 


Show dad he’s the tops with an adventurous brunch atop of the Prudential building. Pick up tickets to check out all the observation decks, then hit the prix-fixe brunch in the sky (reserve here) for espresso martini flights, mimosas and dishes like lobster benedict and chicken and waffles.

  • Lounges
  • South End
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Always a good time, the Beehive will be open from 10am-11pm for brunch and dinner on Father’s Day. Music for the day features a classic jazz brunch with the Blake Newman Trio from 10am-2:30pm, sizzling Latin songbird Lizje from 6-8pm, and Blues with Bruce Bears & Friends from 8-10:30pm. The full menu will be available, and reservations are highly recommended.

  • Bakeries
  • price 1 of 4

Sometimes dad just wants a doughnut, so Kane’s and Sam Adams have joined forces to deliver the doughnut of his dreams. Tapping into the crisp, light and slightly sweet lager taste of an all-new brew, American Light, Kane’s has created a light and airy brioche doughnut dipped in a glaze made from reduced beer and honey. It will be available at all Kane’s locations on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • West End
  • price 3 of 4

Hit a Father’s Day cookout at the Liberty Hotel on June 16 at 2pm. Featuring slow roasted suckling pig, lime and chili-charred East Coast salmon, and Cajun-blackened jumbo shrimp along with artisan side dishes, the event also includes DJ Skoolyahd spinning yacht rock and yard games for the whole family. The bar will be serving up craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Tickets are $88 and $39 for children 12 and under.

Drinks with dad

  • Cocktail bars
  • Dorchester

The Dorchester distillery is offering two-for-one VIP tours in honor of Father’s Day. Buy one, get one free to show dad an inside look from their expert team into the history of the waterfront spot and its grain-to-glass distilling process. Discounted tours run from now through Saturday, June 15, and are available via the link here, and the BOGO deal is valid on all tours in the month of June.

Does your dad, husband or partner live and breathe golf? City Tap has the perfect day planned for Father’s Day. The Fort Point tavern will host an all-day watch party for the 124th U.S. Open Golf Championship on Sunday with all the essentials covered. On special is a 14-oz., grass-fed ribeye steak with rosemary butter, whipped potatoes and spinach, paired with a 10- or 14-oz. pint of your choice for $48. Bonus: While supplies last, dad can score a complimentary sleeve of Father’s Day themed Callaway golf balls.


Join pairings nerd (and proud dad) Adam Centamore at Commonwealth Wine School in Harvard Square for an evening of “Stuff Dad Loves.” Exploring the world of cured meats and cheeses paired with frothy, refreshing beer and deeply satisfying bourbon, the event takes place on Saturday, June 15, from 6:30-8pm, and is $100 per person. Yes, there will be plenty of bacon.

  • Breweries
  • Seaport District
  • price 1 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

The local brewery is hosting their first-ever Father’s Day block party all weekend long. First, on Friday evening from 5-9pm, Harpoon’s Pickleball Social Club will host a “Dad Drink and Dink” event with live music and flights. On Saturday from 10am-3pm, a Father’s Day Pickleball Tournament will be a bracket-style event with a single elimination-knockout round followed by a championship game. Finally, all day on Sunday, the Seaport brewery will have fun-filled games for the whole family plus live music, a pickleball prize pool and 50% off all court rentals. We haven’t even mentioned the craft beverages, but trust they’ll be flowing all weekend long.


Treat your dad, husband or partner to a luxe event at the Pearl South Bay. On Sunday, June 16, starting at 6pm, join the Cigar and Scotch Experience at the Dorchester boîte. For $50, every guest gets a complimentary cigar, access to a mobile cigar bar and a whiskey tasting at the seafood restaurant. The 21-plus event will have a full bar menu available and promises good music and vibes.

Something for golf lovers who like to have fun, Puttshack, in the Seaport and Natick, will open an hour early on Father’s Day (at 10am) and offer mini-golf for the whole family all day long. A life-size frame to pose with is sure to make for celebratory photos, and a full menu of shareable munchies like chicken skewers, lettuce wraps and potstickers will keep everyone happy.

Father’s Day dinner specials

  • Back Bay

Brought to us by restarateur Chris Himmel and chef Robert Sisca, the Banks Fish House draws inspiration from their many joint fishing trips over the years. Sound like something dad would appreciate? There's plenty of seafood on the menu for sure, but this Back Bay favorite is celebrating Father's Day with a weekend-long special featuring a 45-day dry-aged tomahawk steak. The 32-oz. dinner will be available June 14-16.

  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Celebrate what dad loves most (besides you, of course) with Smith & Wollensky’s swinging tomahawk steak, a showstopping 44-oz. cut perfect for sharing among family. The beef is dry-aged in-house for 28 days, allowing the natural flavors to intensify and develop. Try it with the signature "Off The Rails Old Fashioned,” a game where dad can roll dice to create a signature cocktail that’s one-of-a-kind every time. 

  • American
  • Bay Village

The Bay Village restaurant at the Revere Hotel will celebrate Father's Day with every dad’s favorite: a prime rib special. On Sunday, June 16, from 3-10pm, the restaurant will serve slices of slow-roasted prime rib with garlic potatoes, au jus and house horseradish sauce. Three sizes range from $33 to $45. The bar will have Sam Adams Boston Lager for $8 and pours of Lagavulin’s 11-year “Offerman Edition” served neat for $18.


In beautiful Belmont, the Wellington is offering venison osso buco served with saffron risotto and gremolata. Try the special Saturday or Sunday during dinner service. Wellington is also hosting live jazz brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm on Sunday.

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