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"But it's so cold outside!"

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  January 25, 2013 03:34 PM

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When the mercury drops, the excuses begin: "I think I'll stay in tonight." "I'd love to go, but it's so cold outside!" "My new boyfriend's name is 'Grub Hub'."

No matter what the weather's like, there's nothing I enjoy more than slipping into sweatpants and a good book come Friday night, perfectly content with takeout and my own company. "Me" time, you might call it. It took a while to get here; my younger self had trouble resisting the hypnotic beckoning of bright lights and dark corners, even when my body (and bank account) said to stay put. Now, I'm apt to only give a quick glance at invitations to gather for post-clock-out cocktails—because what's the point, if all I want to do is go home?

The point, I think, is compromise. We can't complain about the fledgling status of our social lives if we're resigned to spend our time on the couch, declaring defeat against the elements as we dig in to another handful of French fries. (Ahem.) We can, however, define "going out" as we see fit, whether that means patronizing our local watering hole (and supporting our local economy in one fell swoop) for a quick bite to eat, throwing caution to the wind chill and strapping on stilettos—destination: dance floor—or taking a chance on a new-to-us musician performing at a venue we'd otherwise never frequent as I'll be doing tonight.

So bundle up, Boston—I'm nudging you to go out into that good night, even when the temperature dips below 30. These are a few of my favorite places where the ambiance is cozy, with plenty of space to stash a winter coat.

69 Bromfield Street (between Downtown Crossing and Government Center)

How do I love Silvertone? Let me count the ways. Between its nook-like, underground space that feels more like a private bunker than a basement, its incredible cocktail and food menus and warm, welcoming staff, Silvertone is a friend, indeed (if a bar could be a friend). I've ducked into Silvertone for brief reprieves between dinner and movie plans, and have spent entire nights here debating topics du jour over their famed macaroni and cheese. I recommend taking the T to Park Street; Bromfield Street is just a few blocks up Tremont, on the right.

Green Street Grill
280 Green Street (Central Square)

There aren't many places where you can score a seriously solid cocktail for $7. You can at Green Street, however—along with a host of other local beers, varietals and expertly-mixed libations. Or grab some nosh—small bites (like my favorite, the charcuterie plate) start at just $5. I like to visit Green Street at the beginning or end of my evening; it tends to get really busy between the hours of 7 and 10 P.M. If you're looking to test the waters before deciding on how long you want to stay, the staff will be happy to help you find a seat at the bar.

The Franklin Southie
152 Dorchester Avenue (South Boston, at Broadway)

I've said it before, I'll say it again—and pardon my juvenile vocabulary—The Franklin Southie is my jam. I've never once had a bad experience here, whether my intention is brunch, dinner or a late-night cocktail. It's a place where the staff just "gets it," be it the cheerful attitude of the bartenders and servers or the beautiful presentation of seriously delicious comfort food (exceptionally priced, by the way). Consider yourself warned: it can get loud, and packed—but you'll never have to wait too long for a table. Surprisingly, this is one of the best places in the city to get oysters—and the burgers aren't too shabby, either.

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About this blog

Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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