116 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Whisky Saigon offers all the perks of Boston’s bustling nightlife without any of the negativity that so often surrounds cramming a group of friends into a hot, sweaty, loud and already filled-capacity city club. The staff at this Boylston Street joint is friendly and affable, while little amenities like a free coat check go a long way in securing a loyal customer base. Add to this an affordable cover and Whisky Saigon’s propensity for live DJ sets, and you have a great way to get your dance music fix without any of the usual hassle.
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65 Exeter St.
Boston, MA 02116
Located near Copley Station, City Bar often draws a mature, over-30 crowd for drinks and cocktails on any night of the week. Centered on Exeter Street in the Back Bay is the sort of bar and lounge perfect for relaxed drinks and conversation over a measured pace, as opposed to the rushed and hurried nature of the club scene. City Bar is the sort of place where a nice, warm buzz is preferable to an all out alcohol assault, while the soft lighting and music provide the perfect background accompaniment for a date as well.
500A Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Hotel bars are often a good spot for the 30-something crowd to meet up and enjoy a drink and each other’s company without the frenetic pace of Boston’s busy club scene, and The Hawthorne is a great example of one hotel bar that well exceeds all expectations. Craft cocktails and appetizers provide the perfect accompaniment for a night out, while the background music is kept low enough so groups of any size can enjoy pleasant conversation without resorting to yelling over the band.
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Bond Restaurant & Lounge
250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110
Located on Franklin Street near the Slate Street Station in Boston’s Financial District, Bond Restaurant and Lounge is a classy and elegant spot for 30-somethings to congregate for a drink, either after work or on the weekend for a planned group outing. Bond is housed in the former building for Boston’s Federal Reserve Bank, and the expansive atmosphere definitely works in Bond’s favor, as this place is a warm and cozy spot on any night of the week.
6B Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
Heading downtown for our final nightlife spot for Boston 30-somethings, we hit up the 6B Lounge, a Beacon Street spot located near Park Street station in between Tremont Place and Somerset Street. The music here focuses primarily on the ’80s and ’90s, so 30-somethings will appreciate the retro nostalgia right off the bat. Besides that, however, 6B Lounge also houses plenty of tasty cocktails, mixed drinks and beers, while also offering a comforting bar food menu and even a trivia night. The 6B Lounge is a great, laid-back place to visit.
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.