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The best Boston birthday ideas and party venues

From a secret supper club to a beer brewing session, check out these creative birthday ideas for adults

The Sinclair, Music and nightlife, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy The Sinclair
By Time Out contributors and Gerrish Lopez |

Mini golf was well and good for the tween years, but your birthday tastes have evolved. Plan a memorable celebration with help from these creative Boston options. Rest assured: No party buses were considered in the making of this list. Once you’ve had your fill of birthday fun, keep the good times going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston. Need more fun ideas? Check out our guides to the best live music in Boston and the best restaurants in Boston.

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Boston birthday ideas and party venues

Alden & Harlow, Restaurants, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Kristin Teig
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Chef’s Table at Alden & Harlow

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

When you’ve opted to celebrate with your nearest and dearest foodies—no gluten-free/vegan/Paleo pushers, please—the chef’s table at Alden & Harlow can accommodate. Chef Michael Scelfo and his culinary team will whip up a prix-fixe, four-course family-style meal (customized by ingredient or theme) for up to four diners. 

Urban Grape
Photograph: Courtesy Urban Grape

Tastings at The Urban Grape

Your friendly neighborhood wine store gets even friendlier with Urban Affairs, its private wine-tasting division. Two-hour, in-home tasting events can accommodate up to 50 of your fellow winos—or beer geeks or sake savants; simply pick your poison. The team can also pair up with a local restaurant to cater the affair.

Photograph: Jamie Grill

Private Spa Day at Exhale Boston

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Bridal spa days are silently stressful affairs, during which ladies-in-waiting downplay their needs to focus on an often-frazzled bride’s. A birthday beauty bacchanal, however, is another matter entirely. At Exhale Spa, private groups can book multiple treatments—mani/pedis, facials, massages—as well as a private yoga or core fusion class, and enjoy healthy seeming yet indulgent munchies like chocolate-covered strawberries on the way to Zenville. 

The Sinclair
Photograph: Courtesy The Sinclair
Music, Music venues

The Sinclair

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We can find you in the club, bottle full of bub. The Sinclair can host up to 525 revelers in its dual-level, industrial-chic club space, which includes three separate bar areas and a large performance stage (you know, for that 1D cover band). If your parties run more sensible than 50 Cent’s, rent out the adjoining restaurant’s roof deck for sunset cocktails overlooking Harvard Square. 

The Tasting Room at Sip
Photograph: Courtesy Sip/Dan Watkins

The Tasting Room at Sip

What was once a charming wine shop and takeout spot is now your new favorite party venue. The 48-seat Tasting Room at Sip can execute every kind of culinary-themed event, from a sushi rolling class to a sommelier-led wine tasting. 

140 Supper Club
Photograph: Courtesy Fairmont Copley Plaza
Restaurants, American creative

140 Supper Club at Fairmont Copley Plaza

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A velvet-roped entrance. A candlelit stairwell. A subterranean waiting area. A private dining hall that can only be accessed via secret password—through a mail slot, no less. The chandeliered room hidden beneath the Fairmont Copley Plaza can seat up to 35 guests for a private, five-course menu with wine pairings at a crystal-and-silver appointed table. 

Hopsters Brew & Boards
Photograph: Courtesy Hopsters Brew & Boards

Hopsters Brew & Boards

Milestone birthdays can be tough—cure what ales during a private beer-making session in Newton or the Seaport District at Hopsters Brew & Boards. Revelers can choose from 30 different recipes, then toast their newfound brewing knowledge over craft suds and charcuterie. While the beer ferments over the next few weeks, your posse can design a customized label. 

Photograph: Courtesy Posto/Gillian Dougherty
Restaurants, Italian

Posto Pizza Catering

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Have a driveway? Then have a pizza party. Davis Square’s Posto puts the dough on wheels with its mobile oven and all-inclusive catering services. Book your party well before the birthday sweats set in—there can be a months-long wait—then choose your apps and seasonal toppings, from fennel sausage to roasted pumpkin to Tuscan kale. 

The Stone Room at the Hawthorne
Photograph: Courtesy The Hawthorne/Sam Gray
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Stone Room at the Hawthorne

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Tucked inside one of the city’s best bars is one of the city’s great private spaces, decked out like an elite brownstone den. Keep costs down with one signature cocktail and a cash bar, or party like a Brahmin with a scotch tasting hosted by owner and bartender extraordinaire Jackson Cannon.