For a date night, dinner out at a restaurant is nice. Bars are good, too. But for sheer atmosphere and potential to rekindle the passion in a relationship that feels completely run ragged by children, the lounge reigns supreme.
Why? Because if you go out to dinner, you’re sitting across a table from your partner. Sure, you can hold hands, but the table gets in the way of snuggling right up against your date. Also, the main attraction is the food, or it’s at least a significant distraction. On top of all that, the wait staff is usually interested in turning the table, so the date is over when you finish eating. A lounge, on the other hand, is all about intimacy, conversation, and lingering.
So, without further ado, here are the five best lounges in Boston for parents looking to reconnect.
Lolita gets high marks for sexiness. It has very dim lights and plenty of sofas to snuggle up on. It also boasts an admirable tequila menu and lots of shareable plate options. The only downside is that the music can be a little on the loud side for conversation, but it’s manageable.
The Lenox bar is a great spot to relax with a drink and good company. The hotel is beautiful to walk through. The glossy black walls and comfy corner sofa area are calming and elegant. Drawback: They often have TVs playing sports or news of some kind, which is a little distracting. But overall, this is the kind of place where you order a whiskey, lean back, and exhale.
The Hawthorne is another great hotel bar/lounge. It has a few small seating areas, and a nice, shareable menu of appetizers. The music sets just the right tone for conversation while keeping the mood lively. Decor is comfortable and stylish, and service is good.
Empire is a fabulous date spot. They do a great job making every corner of the large place feel semi-private, and there’s ample sofa space so you’re not rubbing elbows with strangers (unless that’s your thing). The music sets an intimate but fun vibe, and the lighting is romantic. The sushi is delicious and reasonably priced, and the service is always outstanding.
I love this place so much, I’m hesitant to put it on the list because I want to keep it all to myself! This is my idea of the perfect date night locale. The entrance fronts as a hair salon, but then you’re led downstairs into an expansive speakeasy lounge and restaurant. Every part of this place is a treat for the eyes. It’s perfectly lit and decorated in an eclectic, irreverent way, with meticulous attention to detail. Sitting at the bar is fun, but the sofa seating is the best — perfect for chatting, sipping, and people watching.
What’s your favorite lounge spot in Boston? Tell us in the comments!