Boston’s Best Date Ideas For Art Lovers

April 7, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Urban Art Bar/Facebook)

It is so easy to include art in a date in Boston that one might say it is actually more difficult not to include it. For those who prefer an unstructured date night, there is the possibility of wandering the city streets with an eye out for sculptures, stores and galleries. If not, perhaps it is best to find an established location.
(Photo from Urban Art Bar/Facebook)

(Photo from Urban Art Bar/Facebook)

The Urban Art Bar
163 Old Colony Ave.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 596-0553

Couples who want to relax and have a drink while on an artsy date can go straight to the Urban Art Bar. Rather than being set up like a bar with some painters in it, the Urban Art Bar is set up like a painting workshop where having a few drinks is encouraged. There’s a bar here, but you can bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and food from home or another venue (BYOB is illegal in Boston). The classes are three hours, so a snack or even a full picnic is not a bad idea. Make reservations ahead of time to ensure the date involves learning to paint something both individuals enjoy.

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Public Art Walk
Boston, MA

The Public Art Walk in Boston is an initiative for people to appreciate the art dispersed throughout the city. It is a self-guided walk with maps available online at the walk’s website. Dates can map out their own path to see the art they want to see the most. Doing the entire walk would take several hours, but ambitious couples may find it is worth the effort. The core art walk has stops in all of the central neighborhoods of Boston.

(Photo Credit: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA)

(Photo Credit: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA)

Classes At The Museum Of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

The Museum of Fine Arts is not only the largest fine arts establishment in Boston, but it offers some of the best classes in the city as well. Studio art classes offer everything from drawing to sculpting, so it is possible to have a date centering around edgy art or a date with a more refined focus. Whatever a couple’s taste, there is an art class for them at the MFA. The best part is that everyone gets to create something, even if the couple does not hit it off.

(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)

Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100

Contemporary art is, for lack of a better term, more unexpected than fine, classical art. This is part of what makes going on a date at the Institute of Contemporary Art so much fun. Some people would rather look at something a bit nouveau when trying to make conversation and keep a date going. This is a museum that displays everything from short films to clothing, so there is quite a range of things to see and discuss. There are also talks and other events held at the ICA regularly for those who prefer that someone else makes the conversation.

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Photo Credit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Photo Credit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 566-1401

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the ICA is the very romantic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Taking a date here is akin to taking a date on a tour of a preserved turn-of-the-century home because that is exactly what the museum is. The eponymous Mrs. Gardner was a fan of all things Boston, so when she died, she left her home and its considerable collection of art to the city. Much of the original collection is still in the museum and some temporary exhibits are available for viewing from time to time.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at

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