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Valentine’s Day is coming up soon-ish. Some couples aren’t really all about that (and to each their own). But if you had a child since last February, this could be your first V-Day as parents. Drop the kids somewhere — parents, friends, or you can even use our services — and consider a date night in Boston. But where to? Here are five choices:
Taberna de Haro: This is on Beacon Street in Brookline. They have a section of their wine list called “Post Modern, Cutting Edge Rioja,” which are all really cool red wines around $40. Plus, the interior looks like you went to Spain for a night.
Brine: This is in Newburyport, and heads Zagat’s list of the 10 Best Boston date night restaurants. Once you realize the format — raw bar — you might be able to figure out why. Hint: oysters are supposedly big-time aphrodisiacs, soooo….
Parker’s: Now it’s in the Omni on School Street, but before that, it’s probably most famous as the place JFK proposed to Jackie. That was America’s most-beloved romance of the 1960s (admittedly it seemed to have a lot of problems, including her potentially dating his brother), so I guess that’s something. Side note: go see Jackie with Natalie Portman, potentially as part of date night. She is great and deserves an Oscar.
Gaslight: This is in South End, and per user reviews for date night Boston, it ranks No. 1 on Yelp. (Or, potentially, someone paid to game the system.) Gaslight is a great spot, though, and does have a handcrafted Parisian zinc bar.
The Beehive: This is also ranked pretty high on Yelp. Because the downstairs is more a music venue, the date night needs to occur upstairs. It’s on Tremont.
And a little bonus: If you think having kids changed you (hint: it did), and you want to recapture the magic of those halcyon days before diapers and wailing, here’s a good list of “the best first date spots in every Boston neighborhood.” Maybe one of these wasn’t your actual first date spot, but it’s always good to go back in time and think on how far you’ve come.