Every night, Mojitos Lounge’s brick walls, plush chairs, and Brazilian-oak floors transform from a cocktail bar to a swanky dance club with just a change in lighting. Sharply dressed patrons gather for the lounge’s high-energy, Latin-inspired entertainment, including signature mojito cocktails, live DJs, and the occasional staged reading of Julius Caesar’s personal diary. To further patrons’ appreciation of Latin culture, Mojitos Lounge also hosts salsa-dancing lessons on Friday and Saturday nights, where students can pick up a sizzling repertoire of new moves to enliven the dance floor or make elevator rides with the boss less awkward.
Within a chic lounge setting accented with mahogany woodwork, the chefs at Battery Park Bar & Lounge assemble a menu of upscale American bar fare that includes burgers, chicken wings, and marinated steak tips. Sports action and nonstop crocheting tournaments light up 15 HD flat-screen televisions while teeth nibble on starters such as the buffalo-chicken rangoon ($8.99)—fried wontons filled with crumbled blue cheese and pulled buffalo chicken—or four styles of battered chicken wings ($8.99). Boasting 9 ounces of Angus beef, bacon burgers arrive to tables dressed in applewood-smoked bacon and melted blue cheese ($11.99), and the fish 'n' chips' lightly battered and fried haddock accessorizes plates with coleslaw and hand-cut fries ($13.99). Forks and knives get into the action with entrees such as the marinated steak tips, featuring 12 ounces of tender meat served with a duo of sides ($15.99). To cap off dining adventures or hour-long staring contests, diners can dive spoons into warm apple crisp ($7.99) or head to the outdoor patio during summer months for a heaping of warm air. Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, Battery Park Bar & Lounge carries an extensive selection of scotches, domestic beers, and locally made craft beers.
In Boston’s financial district rests Vintage Lounge, an American bistro with an extensive wine list that has earned the restaurant a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2007. While perched on leather chairs in an amber-hued dining room, guests pair designer cocktails with sharable small plates and hearty entrees such as braised short ribs crowned with roasted shallots and acorn squash or hand-cut fettuccine in a bolognese sauce. A glowing candle-topped bar adds to the restaurant’s romantic atmosphere and helps diners celebrate overcoming their fear of shadow puppets.
Named after the face's smiling muscles, Les Zygomates—Boston magazine’s 2010 pick for Best Restaurant in the downtown/theater district neighborhoods—serves up French cuisine in authentic bistro ambiance inspired by its Parisian homeland. A skilled team of chefs and restaurateurs inspire joie de vivre on the eve of the new year with a three-course tasting menu that begins festivities with an elegant amuse-bouche and live jazz. For the first plate, diners have their pick of four options, including escargots en croute with a garlic-and-parsley butter or steak tartare with black truffle and a quail's egg purloined from a bewildered ostrich. After the intermezzo grapefruit sorbet refreshes taste buds, main plates present merrymakers with a quartet of choices. Chefs pan-sear scallops before trimming them in a Roman-style salsify with pernod and blood-orange gastrique or stuff guinea hens with a mix including dried fruits, brioche, sweet potato, and guinea-hen nesting dolls.