It’s been said in song that “one is the loneliest number,” so why not shake off the singles blues with a stiff drink and the promise of a little evening excitement? The Boston area has tons of great singles bars that offer fine food, great atmosphere and friendly people without the burden of any “meat market” pressure. Here are five intriguing examples of Boston’s singles bar scene for just about anyone, whether you’re seeking a special someone or simply just looking for a great night out on the town.

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Ned Devine’s
1 Fanueil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA
(617) 248-9900

Offering spacious accommodations for just about any nightlife interest, Ned Devine’s is a triple threat establishment that prides itself on a diverse atmosphere for the young, twenty-something singles crowd. Operating in triplicate as an Irish pub, lounge and live music hall, this Quincy Market hotspot is a perfect date night destination for tourists and townies alike. The venue provides plenty of speaking and breathing room for close conversation in between sips of beer or bites of Ned Devine’s American and Irish cuisine. This place also hosts live entertainment from Improv Asylum, who deliver a special “All the Single Ladies” comedy revue every Saturday night.

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Towne Stove and Spirits
900 Boylston St.
Boston, MA
(617) 247-0400

This upscale dining and drinks establishment is a perfect place to visit for the distinguished, thirty-something single seeking some razzle-dazzle with their after-sunset shenanigans. Towne’s classy exterior is equally reflected within the decor and fantastic kitchen creations, while the restaurant’s usual clientele also arrives with a dressed-to-kill reputation, to boot. Whether it’s an intimate dinner of steak and lobster, a relaxing morning brunch or some boisterous, flirtatious convos over drinks, Towne Stove and Spirits is a Back Bay place to see and be seen.

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Post 390
406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA
(617) 399-0015

If you’re looking for a “pick up joint,” you might want to steer from Post 390. This is an intermittently classy-yet-casual affair that nevertheless proves to be an exceptional choice for the mature single seeking to rekindle an old flame or simply stoke up a new ember or two. Whether you arrive business casual or jean-clad, Post 390 guarantees a great time with fireside dining and a warm, welcoming tavern area, perfect for both intimate conversation or a coyly curious chat. The beautiful Back Bay scenery, no pressure atmosphere and an upscale menu ensure that Post 390 should serve as a memorable evening out for the secure, mature single who’s still looking to mingle.

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200 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA
(857) 277-7583

The waterfront view for this Atlantic Avenue bar and cafe is simply breathtaking, no matter where you sit, whether it be under one of three patios or right on the seaboard. Tia’s also offers plenty of attractive singles’ scenery for good measure. In contrast to the other venues, Tia’s prides itself on being one of Boston’s most beloved “pick up joints,” with the city’s populous enthusiastically responding in droves. Indeed, Tia’s has consistently proved quite popular with locals and visitors alike, packing them in with yummy bar food specials and an equally appetizing selection of pretty people gazing at other pretty people. Don’t try and swing to Tia’s for a winter warmup, however–this hot toddy is only open April to October.

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Club Cafe
209 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA
(617) 536-0966

Club Cafe has been a veritable institution when it comes to Boston’s LGBT community, having served the city for more than 30 years. Club Cafe exudes Pride in every definable way. From nighttime cabaret entertainment to weekend dance party and DJ sets, this Boston landmark has it all for the city’s gay community to come out and enjoy themselves at a place with a determined, reliable commitment to its clientele. Club Cafe offers dinner, lunch and brunch menus, including a 241 menu where any equally or lesser price entree is free with any other entree purchase.The cafe’s patio, lounge and alternating spacious/intimate dining rooms make this a primo spot for both dating and mingling; a social standby for Boston’s gay single scene.

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