Drinks, Food, Meetup
We’re not gonna lie to you, dating is rough. We can’t do anything about the dad joke pickup lines or the Hinge grind, but we can offer you 10 great bars for meeting single people in person in Boston. Reddit also has a longstanding debate about this topic for the 30+ crowd. Worst case scenario you have a fabulous cocktail and dodge a few dating bullets.
by Celina Colby
Barcelona Wine Bar (pictured)
Where: Brookline/South End/Porter Square
Info: Barcelona’s chic atmosphere, boozy sangria, and small plates attract lots of young professionals to the bar for after-work drinks.
Where: Beacon Hill
Info: The Liberty has a vibrant nightlife scene and singles flock to the lobby bar where you can vibe to live DJs and see fashion shows. Or you can meet a fellow dog lover at Yappier Hour, the weekly social hour for you and your pup.
Info: Aeronaut is almost always pulsing with activity. Check their events calendar before you go and you may end up meeting your new sweetie at a Super Mario Kart Tournament, salsa night, or a paint and pour class.
Where: Back Bay
Info: The bar at Lolita Back Bay is packed almost every night of the week and the loungey vibe is perfect for chatting up new dating prospects. Absolute worst case you still get a few spectacular tacos out of the deal.
Info: Tucked away in the Financial District, Mariel is another hotspot for after-work drinks. Or if you’re into a more clubby scene, head to Mariel Underground to dance the night away with an intriguing stranger.
Info: Jacques’ is Boston’s oldest operating gay bar and it’s still hard to beat for a killer drag show. With a rotating selection of events from drag and karaoke to comedy nights, you’re bound to spot someone interesting.
Info: You’ve got options at Yvonne’s. Start the night slow in the upstairs bar where you can ease into your flirting game over a few cocktails, then head downstairs for a vibrant nightlife atmosphere and the big gun pick up lines.
Info: For more of a casual meeting spot, head to Loretta’s Last Call where you can meet your next boo over live country music and fried green tomatoes. If you’re a true country soul, there’s line dancing every Sunday.
Info: This intimate wine bar lends itself to chatting with your neighbors, and with a dynamic menu of natural wines and tin fish, there’s plenty to discuss.
Info: This atmospheric bar is lit with string lights and features elaborate cocktails and lots of bar space. On the weekends it fills up quickly and the convivial atmosphere is great for meeting new people.
Where: Fort Point
Info: It’s not called Lucky’s for nothing! This Sinatra-themed lounge often features live music and the open floor plan lends itself to dancing and exchanging flirtatious smiles with the cutie across the room.
Info: The neighborhood’s financial and tech gurus flock to Cisco after a long day at the office. Slip on something slinky, grab a beer, and prepare to talk stock options.
Info: Hojoko is a Fenway hotspot and between Red Sox games, the Longwood Medical employees, and an increase in tech offices nearby, the crowd is diverse here. Plus, you can jam to live music there most Saturdays.
Where: South Boston/Fenway
Info: Nothing gets the conversation flowing like a strong margarita. Loco Taqueria has a relaxed vibe, happy hour food specials, and plenty of adorable dogs ready to spark a meet cute.
Info: Committee is always packed on nights and weekends and the standing room around the bar makes it easy to mingle while sampling the Mediterranean tapas the spot is known for.
Info: Located in Education First's office building, where language training is a specialty, a glass of wine at this light-flooded cafe can introduce you to cuties from all over the world.
Photo by Barcelone Wine Bar in South End