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Visiting and would like a recommendation

Hi, I will be visiting Boston with 6 girlfriends and we are looking for a fun, lively restaurant for Sat night. Moderate prices, really good food but also someplace that has a great atmosphere. We are staying in Back Bay but anywhere downtown would be fine.


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  1. Are you looking for dining or club experiences? Or both?

    The House of Blues just opened on Lansdowne Street next to Fenway Park. I have no idea how the food is, but I bet it is fun.

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    1. re: kate used to be 50

      thanks, i was thinking restaurants and/or bars but not club experiences.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Another vote for Toro if you can get in.

      2. Eastern Standard, Gaslight, Summer Shack/Kings, Via Matta

          1. re: skylark938

            Don't think of Mistral as moderately priced, but maybe so now with the reported new bar menu - but the wine and cocktails will come at a real premium and aren't really special in my experience.

          2. Perhaps Persephone in the seaport district of South Boston.

            1. How about POPS? would that be a good choice?

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                1. re: sekaren

                  It's a good neighborhood place but definitely not a destination restaurant given a single night. I'm not sure what to recommend to you since I'm unsure of your definition of fun - it has had a different for me over the years.

                2. What about Stella? Good food, good scene. Does get crowded but I believe they take reservations. Sit in the front dining area.

                  1. The Beehive. Great bar scene without It being too loud and the food is really awesome.

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                    1. You might want to scout out 28 Degrees in the South End