Best Places to Take Your Valentine in the Back Bay

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and you may be scoping out the best places to take your loved one. Boston’s Back Bay is brimming with upscale restaurants, magnificent theaters and many of the best bars in the city; so have no fear, there are plenty of places perfect for a romantic evening with your special someone.

Here are our top picks for the loveliest locales to take your Valentine that are right in 30 Dalton’s backyard.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at Mistral

Mistral is one of Boston’s most-beloved restaurants, and its right here in the Back Bay. While this French-Mediterranean fusion bistro is renowned for its brunch-time fare, it’s also an amazing place for a dinner date. Chef Jamie Mammano’s menu is filled with tantalizing dishes such as Mistral linguine with tiny tomatoes, and Cornish game hen with Okinawa yams. High ceilings, arched windows and French pottery give Mistral’s dining room an amazing ambiance that makes you feel as if you’re in Provence. From the delicious food to the upscale décor, there’s a reason Mistral is so highly acclaimed.

Take in a Concert at Berklee Performance Center

Berklee Performance Center is a 1,200-seat venue that hosts almost 200 events every year, and is located right in the heart of Back Bay. Thanks to the vast array of concerts, shows and orchestral performances — including Mogwai, Talking Heads and Diana Reeves — there’s sure to be something that suits your tastes, including on Valentine’s Day. This February 14th, come listen to a jazz repertoire from the seasoned faculty of Berklee’s Vocal Department. They’ll be performing a variety of hits from the Great American Songbook, making this a splendid place to take your special someone, especially if you’re fans of soulful jazz.

Relax With Drinks at City Bar

Located in the Lenox Hotel, City Bar is an atmospheric cocktail bar. Known equally for its inventive drinks and contemporary color scheme, City Bar is the place to be if you’re looking forward to a relaxing Valentine’s Day with your love. Plush sofas are perfect for cozying up with your date, and ambient hot-pink lighting will set the mood perfectly. Try the China Rose cocktail with gin, St. Germain, rosemary, grapefruit and lemon juice, or the Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer, bitters and lime juice for an amazing end to a perfect Valentine’s Day.

With a central location offering easy access to the best of Boston, the Back Bay is the perfect place to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, and all-year round.

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