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.
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.
Voted Best Cigar Shop in the 2010 Boston A-List contest, Cigar Masters houses a fragrant collection of fine cigars and smoking accessories in a sophisticated setting. The shop maintains an aromatic armory of over 50 brands of chic cigars, from time-tested classics like Romeo y Julieta ($10), to specialty smokecicles such as La Flor Dominicana ($13). Refined unwinders can send each other sophisticated smoke signals with the smoldering bouquet of Liga Privadas ($16 each) or replace their signature Slim Jim with a more dignified Don Pepin Garcia ($10). The knowledgeable staff receives ongoing education, keeping them keen on the latest lighters, cigar cases, and stylish smoking bibs. A luxurious, urbane lounge creates an ideal haven for aficionados who wish to bask in the glow of varnished wood and leather seats amidst an aura of refined conversation and stuffed trophy scotches. The lounge offers a full selection of libations and requires proper evening attire after seven. Cigar Masters supports a variety of local charities, including the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Back Bay Association.