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Awesome Cheap Boston Dates: Innovation District Edition

Posted by Alex Pearlman  September 8, 2011 08:14 AM

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dates.jpegThe Innovation District just might be Boston’s hippest neighborhood. The area is home to cool companies like MassChallenge and Brightcove. It’s booming with new buildings, new start-ups, and new tenants. Take a date there, and you will definitely look even more awesome than you already are.

Get there by walking from South Station or taking the Silver Line, then hit up these spots for a foolproof date night.

Harpoon Brewery Tasting (4 p.m., 306 Northern Ave., Boston). Loosen up by trying some delicious beers at Harpoon. While you won’t be able to take a tour of the small factory, you can sample all their beers with the help of an expert. Find your new favorite, and buy some Harpoon swag. The best part? It’s free. You’ll get a bit buzzed, too, so it’s a win-win!

Institute of Contemporary Art (5 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays, 100 Northern Ave., Boston). The ICA is free on Thursdays, making it a great cheap date spot. Walk around the waterfront museum, and check out some great views and contemporary art. In addition to the permanent collection, several exhibitions rotate throughout the year. Shepard Fairey pieces are currently on view in the main collection, and “Anthropocene Extinction,” a site-specific installation of cut paper just opened. Some of the art is a little out there, but that might make it even more fun to experience with a date.

Salvatore’s (7:30 p.m., 225 Northern Ave., Boston). Walk back towards Harpoon when your stomachs start growling, and you’ll find Salvatore’s, an Italian joint with lesser wait times than nearby restaurants like Jerry Remy’s or Legal Seafood. Try the scallops, gnocchi, or pizza for a meal you’ll love.

Drink (9 p.m., 348 Congress St., Boston). Finish off your night with delicious cocktails. The idea is innovative -- ask for the flavors and alcohol you want, and the bartender will produce a drink you will love. Sweet, but not too sweet, with lime and vodka? You’ll get just that. Something strong with some bubbles? You’ll get it. The drinks are on the expensive side, so don’t stick around too long, but it will be a fun and appropriate way to end a date in the Innovation District.

We’ve even put together Google Maps directions to ensure you don’t get lost along the way. Enjoy! And comment below with your Innovation District date experiences!

Photo by tvanhoosear (Flickr)

By Celia Nissen -- Originally from Cow Hampshire, I'm now a city girl. I'm graduating from Emerson in December 2011 and am crossing my fingers for a job in advertising. I like to eat, buy things that are blue, ogle over dogs and children, be in the sun, drink wine and tweet (@celianissen).

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