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Good place to celebrate a 40th birthday with the girls?

sarahpmorris Feb 25, 2010 07:00 AM

I need recs for places that would be a festive place to go with 4 to 6 people on a Tuesday night. Any place in the greater Boston area is fair game. It just has to have festive atmosphere, good food, fun drinks, and not be top-tier expensive. Suggestions?

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    dulce de leche Feb 25, 2010 07:27 AM

    I've been to birthday events at both Cuchi Cuchi (Cambridge) and 28 Degrees, and they both were really fun, had great drinks, and good food.

    Cuchi Cuchi can get expensive, as it's tapas-esque so you order a number of things, but they're in the $10-20 range, and the drinks are around $10. They have a "chicka chicka boom boom" table that has LEDs and is kind of fun, too.

    28 Degrees is especially fun in the warm weather because they have a nice patio. Inside there's a dance floor. There was a drag show the evening we went.

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    1. re: dulce de leche
      MParente Feb 25, 2010 08:22 AM

      I thougth Cuchi Cuchi was way too expensive for what it was. I think 28 Degrees is a good suggestion for something that feels a little fabulous. I also love the environment righ next door at Masa. Something about the lighting makes it feel very homey. For an inexpensive weeknight celebration you could also do Giacomos in the South End. What ladies don't love to carbo-load, right?

    2. Joanie Feb 25, 2010 09:54 AM

      I'd add Scampo, Lucca, Prezza, Eastern Standard, Gaslight, Blue Room, Rendezvous, Gargoyles.

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        gansu girl Feb 25, 2010 10:59 AM

        I was going to recommend Scampo too - but it does trend toward expensive - not sure what "top-tier expensive" is to you . . . I also like the Giacomos rec. above. If you go early, Coppa would be great - small plates so you can get a lot of variety, an unhurried atmosphere, and then you're in the South End so if you want to go for more drinks/dessert after, you're in a good spot. Coppa doesn't have a full bar (they do a fantastic job w/what they have, though). I don't know why I'm thinking Italian, but it tends to be a crowd pleaser.

        If you can swing the $ for Scampo, that's my top rec. - fun atmosphere, nice, more upscale room, great service, outstanding food, yummy cocktails and solid wine list. I did my 40th there and everyone had a great time and loved the food.


        1. re: Joanie
          dulce de leche Feb 25, 2010 01:16 PM

          Delicious food and drinks at both Blue Room and Rendezvous, but neither are very "festive", especially not on a Tuesday night! I have been to both of those for birthdays, too.

          They are sedate and slightly old-folks, to be honest. Unless it's warm out and you can get on Blue Room's patio.

          1. re: dulce de leche
            Joanie Feb 26, 2010 04:27 AM

            Yeah, you're probably right. Altho Blue Room tends to be fairly crowded most of the time and the bar at Rendezvous is kinda fun.

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          purple bot Feb 25, 2010 09:57 AM

          Stella in the south end might fit the bill. Lively atmosphere, not too expensive, fun cocktails, good food.

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            AbbyS Feb 25, 2010 03:43 PM

            I second the Eastern Standard recommendation. With a lively atmosphere and extensive cocktail menu, you can't lose. Plus, it's pretty reasonably priced.

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              TopCat Feb 25, 2010 05:08 PM

              Second Stella....really good food and will probably be somewhat busy for a Tuesday

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                sarahpmorris Feb 26, 2010 07:06 AM

                Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'll let you know what we end up doing. The birthday isn't until April 6, so lots of time to book a rez!

                1. lissy Feb 28, 2010 04:49 PM

                  I love Eastern Standard but have a strong preference for the bar over sitting at a table. I think Stella is a great recommendation. It's always lively, the food is good and it's not expensive. My 40th was at Via Matta which is another favorite of mine and I'd also add Monday Club at Upstairs on the Square which I think is a great place for a group of ladies.

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