Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Boston!
Fox & the Knife
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a James Beard Award recognized restaurant. Our top pick is Fox & the Knife, which was a semi-finalist in 2020 for Best New Restaurant. Better yet, this classy new spot is family-owned, and features an all-female chef and management team!
Mike’s City Diner
If you’re looking for a more mom and pop style restaurant, try Mike’s City Diner, which has the unassuming motto, “Huge Portions, Great Food.” Since chef Jay Hajj opened the restaurant in 1995, it has become a Boston landmark for delicious, affordable food, getting featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and the Food Network. President Clinton has dined at Mike’s, and Guy Fieri has said that when he thinks of Boston, he thinks of the Boston Tea Party, the Red Sox …and Mike’s City Diner.
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals! Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa. The best local park for your Galentine’s picnic is Boston Common. This sprawling downtown park is conveniently located near a couple of transit options. When you’re done eating, it’s the starting point for the historical Boston Freedom Trail if you want to walk off calories from lunch! Pro tip for eating in the park: there are MANY squirrels here, and they are not at all shy about coming over to beg for some food.
Central Park Lanes
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. A fun one to do when in Boston is candlepin bowling, a bowling style unique to New England! You and your girlfriends can give it a try at the family-owned Central Park Lanes in East Boston. This is old-school, no-frills bowling at its best with a cool, retro design scheme to boot.
Want something unique and social-distancing friendly? How about a virtual workshop? Alice’s Table is offering a variety of virtual floral arranging workshops in Boston for your Galentine’s Day Party, including “Galentine’s Day Flower Arranging,” “February Florals,” and for the crowd that’s not into flowers, “Galentine’s Day Cheese & Charcuterie Board Workshop.” You and your gal pals can have fun learning a new skill together!
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