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Bachelor Party Seafood restaurant

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Hey everyone - I'm from Toronto, and am thinking about going to Boston for my bachelor party next Spring. We would be going to a leafs-bruins game on the saturday night, then out afterward for dinner followed by drinks.
We'll be a group of about 15 guys in our mid/late 20s, and we'll want a restaurant that either specializes in seafood, or at least does it very well. It doesn't have to be classy or expensive (but it can be); it just needs to be able to accommodate a big group of rowdy guys for a 10pm-ish dinner on a Saturday night in April.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. I would call Island Creek Oyster Bar a month or two before your event and see if they can accommodate you. If not, Eastern Standard Kitchen has great food and a private room you can book and a great bar.

    1. For a late night event like that you might also try Island Creek's sister restaurant, Row 34. They stay open quite late and could accommodate a large party but I would call them at least 2 months in advance.

      1. The Atlantic Fish Co in Copley Sq has a really nice private room and the the food is very good.

        1. Thanks everyone! Those all look great! What are the neighbourhoods for all those restaurants like? It would be ideal to be able to walk to some lively bars (but not clubs).
          I went to No Name years ago and remember enjoying it, but I recall it not being a great atmosphere for a bachelor party, nor was it in a convenient location for going out after - am I remembering correctly?

          1. Most restaurants in Boston serve a variety of seafood even when that is not the specialty. I suggest that you focus on finding a place that meets your other criteria and you will probably find it has a good seafood selection.

            A different problem is your timing. Many Boston restaurants close their kitchens at 10PM (this includes Atlantic Fish). Others stay open only until 11PM on Fri/Sat. And the latest any bar can stay open is 2AM; many bars near residential neighborhoods must close at 1AM. Our new Mayor is trying to change that but we aren't there yet.

            Do you know where you will stay? That might help to identify a good location for a restaurant and bar.

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            1. re: BBHound

              Thanks - where we stay would likely depend on where we want to eat and go out - we're easy on that, as long as we don't have to trek too far at any point between the hockey game, the hotel, the restaurant and the bars.

            2. You should pick a better city for your bachelor party if you're willing to travel that far

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                1. re: Beachowolfe

                  I know - Boston certainly wasn't my top choice, though I do love the city. Thing is, this trip would also include a night in NYC to watch the Raptors play the Nets in Brooklyn the night before, then we'd trek to Boston Saturday morning (perhaps in a limo so we can stop off at foxwoods in the afternoon). None of those places appeals to me that much as a bachelor party destination, but taken together I think it could be great.
                  I'd love to hear opinions on whether that trip is reasonable though, even if it's off topic for a food forum.

                  1. re: jtls1

                    A further idea: The Bruins have advertised in the past offering suites at TD Garden for games. They are private boxes that hold, I think, about 20. Most are sold for the season but a few are kept for one time sale. There is food and drink available and servers to deliver it. I did not notice anything on their web site but a call to their sales dept. might be useful.

                    1. re: jtls1

                      That actually sounds pretty good.

                      You should probably make a little pit stop in Providence as well, excellent clams at Desire.

                  2. 10pm on a Friday night is, believe it or not, the last seating for many of Boston's nicer seafood places, and for a bachelor party, I would want to go someplace nice, even if yours is not the most decorous crowd. I'd consider Ostra, Oceanaire, Legal Harborside Floor 2, and Bistro du Midi.


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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Legal Harborside is a good call as there are options for going out to bars after. When we were at Ostra it was full of older people from the condos above it, not exactly a bachelor party type of atmosphere.

                    2. I second the suggestion of Row 34 as a great seafood restaurant and it appears they are open til 11PM. After that you have a choice of bar/lounges to go to in the Fort Point and Seaport district (Near where No Name is, but much improved now). Bar/lounges near Row 34 include Lucky's Lounge, Drink, Empire which are all within walking distance.

                      1. Based on your event and perhaps more importantly the timing, I am wondering if you are better off at place like Empire or Red Lantern. The food is not in the same league as the fine seafood restaurants mentioned in this thread, but I haven't had a bad meal at either and I think the atmosphere and timing might work better for what you are looking for. Of course if quality, traditional seafood is your number one criteria, then I would go with one of the other places mentioned. But for a 10pm bachelor party dinner with guys likely to be "well lubricated" (thanks to Tom Brady for that one), I would at least consider Empire or Red Lantern.

                        1. Are you sure you can really make a 10 pm reservation anywhere? It seems it will cut it awful close and you can forget about staying around for OT.

                          Will you be dressed more in hockey game attire or better restaurant attire?

                          I'd eat before the game, then go to a bar where people can order food if they are still hungry.

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                          1. re: LeoLioness

                            I'm chagrined to ask because I already know the sad answer, but what restaurant in Boston would turn away a reservation because they showed up in hockey fan gear?


                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I know. I KNOW.

                              I was just hoping to appeal to the OP's sense of desiring to not be the lowest common denominator.

                              1. re: LeoLioness

                                On the other hand, there remain some restaurants that won't seat you for being, ahem, overserved.

                                Given that reality, I'm liking the above suggestion to hit nightclub-like places that serve food (like Empire, Gem and Red Lantern) better and better.


                              2. re: MC Slim JB

                                I usually attend hockey matches in wool flannel trousers and a tweed jacket. Doesn't everyone? I confess I usually forgo the tie.

                                  1. re: Alcachofa

                                    I believe a tie is acceptable for hockey if the fabric is knit or grenadine. If you're one of those brawling hockey dads, a clip-on is probably a better idea.


                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                      Ha! I always wondered what the name was for that necktie fabric. Now I know. (Although before I looked it up I was deeply puzzled as to how one makes fabric from pomegranate syrup...)

                              3. I split time between Boston and NYC and what you have planned is so much better executed there...

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                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                  Sorry, so much better executed where?

                                  1. re: jtls1

                                    My bad,sorry.

                                    In NYC. That's the place to have dinner at 10 followed by an evening of rowdy guy drinking.

                                2. I think the places mentioned above do have dress codes.