Liberate your Thursday nightMarch 17, 2010
Remember in college when you went out for Thirsty Thursday? It made the weekend that much longer and sweeter.
In the working world Thursday fun has been fading out… and it’s time to bring it back! If you’re at a loss for where to go, I have found a duo of venues that makes for a perfect night out that will ease you flawlessly into the weekend. Ok, maybe you’ll be a bit tired at work the next day but it won’t be the dreaded Friday morning hangover you remember from college. Ugh!
The reliable duo is Match Burgers and Martinis at Mass Ave & Newbury and the Liberty Hotel on Charles street. Match satisfies your need for solid girl time over dinner and the Liberty rounds out the night with an upscale treat.
Although Match is known as a great date spot, I would suggest avoiding it on Thursdays as your date will likely be the only man there. That being said, Thursday is the one and only night you should be frequenting this restaurant for dinner with the girls. Match hosts a ladies night where entrees (normally priced $13-$23) are $5 with a cocktail purchase - which you are going to have anyway. Perfect! I recommend the pop-rocks-rimmed martini Pop Culture or the Mango Shizzle. A good friend loves their lychee martini if that’s more your style. Go with your girlfriends and expect a wait – this place gets PACKED! To make up for a longer-than-normal wait time (I’ll be real with you: 65 minutes) the manager was kind to offer us appetizers.
Order the filet mignon because you can – but the Delmonico steak and lobster orchiette pasta are also delicious choices. For apps, the calamari is a hit and the satay is spicier than expected. Match has a New York vibe and exposed flames on one wall that can get quite toasty if you’re sitting close. And if you’re having multiple cocktails.
After all of this food and if time allows, walk it off on Newbury street. After some lèche-vitrine to scope out future purchases, you’ll be in fine form for the Liberty.
The Liberty Hotel (formerly the Charles street jail) is one of my top picks in Boston right now. I love it so much that it warrants a separate post and will get one. Among its other fabulous nightly events, Fashionably Late is held every Thursday evening. A local designer is featured and the fashion is modeled from up high – the former catwalks of the jail serve as the runway.
This event draws a chic crowd… young professionals, businessmen staying at the hotel, hot women in their 20s and classy men of all ages sipping to the beat of a spot-on DJ. I get the feeling that the men who live in Beacon Hill flock here for a nice drink & to be surrounded by a fantastic crowd (i.e. gorgeous women) for the night. No matter who is there – everyone is dressed well. My suggestion is to get yourself a few pieces at Forever 21 to create an adventurous & sexy outfit, and you’ll fit right in. Warning: the drinks are delicious but my Kir Royale was $15. This is a place to sip your drink, enjoy the fashion and flirt with the fine selection of men. Leave the tequila shots for Friday night =)
Match Burgers & Martinis is located on Mass Ave at the top of Newbury Street near the Hynes green line T stop. Try to park on Mass Ave or use a paystation on Newbury street if you don’t have quarters.
Liberty Hotel is located at 215 Charles street at the Charles/MGH red line T stop. Parking meters are free after 8pm on Charles, Cambridge or Blossom streets.