Think Tank is an innovative "bistrotheque" boasting fresh, global comfort food and funky, danceable grooves. Launch your meal rocket with a starter from the dinner menu, such as crispy pork belly with smoked almonds, pea greens, and ginger apple butter ($9). The signature Korean barbecue Seoul burger is topped with egg, kimchi, and sriracha aioli ($10). Herbivores can slurp their way through flavorful green curry filled with assorted local veggies ($15).
Situated at the core of Davis Square, Diva Indian Bistro brims with the aromas of a menu that borrows from the culinary traditions of regions from Bangalore to Bombay. Beneath a bubbly goldenrod ceiling that looks like a collection of soft-lit skylights, patrons settle onto plump black benches to munch samosas and peruse offerings of lamb, seafood, beef, and tandoori dishes soaked in the warmth of the traditional clay oven. Saffron- and cardamom-scented basmati rice stars in biryani dishes, and dosas, a type of crepe crafted from rice and lentils, enclose chicken or veggie fillings alongside coconut chutney and lentil soup. The wall behind Diva’s bar mimics the ceiling’s rectangular bubble pattern in white, with a long row of blue glass bottles bisecting the surface. High black and chrome chairs slide up to the brushed-silver bar, where patrons murmur over cocktails and ice clicks occasionally like a tap dancer having a nice dream.
Head out with friends and share a hookah at Nile Lounge. For your viewing pleasure, Nile Lounge also stocks TVs in the bar area. If space is what you're looking for, Nile Lounge has plenty of room for larger parties. You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at Nile Lounge some evenings. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the bar can get noisy.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the bar tend to be packed. No need to dress up for a trip to Nile Lounge — the casual bar encourages laid-back attire.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the bar's Brighton Ave location offers nearby street parking. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at Packards Corner (Green), Packards Corner (Green), and Harvard Ave. - Westbound (Green).
Expect to spend less than $15 per person at Nile Lounge.
The red-orange glow of smoldering coals only enhances the cozy, inviting vibe of Sheesha Lounge, a local hangout that recently earned a spot on CBS Boston's list of Allston?s Best Hookah Bars. It's not hard to find something to love about this place, whether it's the exposed brickwork and padded, pillow-lined banquettes or the fact that the lounge stays open as late as 2 a.m. The biggest draw, however, has to be the 35 different flavors of tobacco, which include rose, jasmine, vanilla, mint, and mountain spring water. As the fragrant, cloud-like wisps of smoke mingle in the air, guests can dine on sweet snacks that include cheesecake and baklava.
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.
6B Lounge offers a laid-back atmosphere and tasty American classics. Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at 6B Lounge — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties. The restaurant also features a DJ, and visitors are encouraged to strut their stuff on the dance floor.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are 6B Lounge's busiest days.
Expect your bill at 6B Lounge to come in at around $30 per person.