Last Thursday night, a friend and I had a fun date night in Central Square. First, we met up at The Field for a very casual dinner and drinks. I've always gone to The Field later in the evening for cheap drafts and cocktails but had never been for dinner so I was curious to try it out. They've got a very standard bar menu - I ordered the chicken tenders and Meg got the burger and fries and both were simple but delicious. We each opted for Magners, which they've got on draft for just $5.
Unfortunately, when we went to pay we both completely forgot the bar is cash only, a definite downside. I got stuck using their ATM which charges a $2.50 fee per transaction which was slightly frustrating. Overall, our service was good and the bar had a great atmosphere, especially considering it was only 7 PM on a Thursday.
Then we walked next door to ImprovBoston. I had a LivingSocial deal for two tickets that I bought earlier in the summer and completely forgot about - am I the only one who does that on a regular basis with my group buying purchases? Anyways, we opted for the Thursday night Harold Night show at 8 PM which had great reviews and is supposed to be one of the more popular nights. Resident teams - with strange names such as Maxitor, Plan B and Rich Uncle - perform long form improv. Each group's entire sketch, which last about 20 or 25 minutes, is based on an audience suggestion.
There are moments where you squirm and cringe, others where you laugh until your eyes water, and others where you turn to your friend with a confused look, shrug and laugh anyway. I haven't been to many comedy shows since I came to the east coast and I forgot how much I absolutely love team improv. It's a fun environment where anything goes, and when you see how much fun the performers are having, you just can't help but get into it yourself.
They've also got a selection of bottled beers so you can grab a drink beforehand or at intermission to enjoy during the show. Always a plus!
Tickets for Harold Night are $10 ($7 with a college ID) and can be bought in advance or right before the show. When you purchase tickets to the 8 PM show they include entrance to the 10 PM, which is an awesome deal. Meg and I were exhausted so we opted to just head home, but if you're up for 4 hours of improv, I definitely suggest it!
Got a favorite improv show in Boston? Thoughts on ImprovBoston? The Field? Comment!
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About the authorRachel Kossman is a California girl and New England transplant who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011. She has a penchant for discovering new restaurants and bars, devouring Mexican food, More »
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