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Aug 13, 2013 04:13 AM

Fun/glam place for a drink downtown + al fresco dining

I get to go out in the city with an old friend who's visiting from out of town on Friday night. Looking for recommendations for a grown-up/glamorous places to go for a drink, and then somewhere for dinner. I would like outdoor seating or a nice view. Thanks!

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  1. Start with cafe section at Sonsie on Newbury St for cocktails. Not quite al fresco, but they open the walls to the street. Glamorous with a Parisian feel.

    Then perhaps Taberna de Haro on Beacon St in Brookline. Not glamorous in the $ sense, but authentic Madrid--tapas, paella and larger portions served on the sidewalk.

    1. You could go to Drink then on the deck at Sam's or Legal. Or a drink in the bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel or their little alley bar then dinner at Rowes Wharf Sea Grill. Or in Meritage with a window view. Aragosta at the Fairmount Battery Wharf has a beautiful deck. Hamersley's has a nice patio as do several others in the south end.

      1. How about a drink at the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons and dinner at Bistro du Midi overlooking the Public Garden?

        Elegant, grown up, pampering and fun!


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        1. re: BostonZest

          You took the words right out of my mouth. That is a great evening out!!!

        2. I don't mean to be ever the curmudgeon, is it just me, or is the combination of the word Glam and Boston somehow only a preposterous oxymoron to me?

          Seriously I love Boston, but for a quasi-major city it is quite possibly the least Glam place on earth...

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            Some people find grown women teetering around chain restaurants in the Seaport District on Louboutins "glam". Apparently.

            1. re: LeoLioness

              Chain restaurants ≠ Glam pretty much by definition.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Doesn't the Cheesecake Factory have a whole section on their menu of "Glam Burgers"? Case proven? LOL.

                1. re: Gordough

                  I blame the "tini" trend of the late 90s.

          2. Thank you for all the recommendations. I used to love Sonsie, but haven't been for a long time. Thanks for reminding me.