Nightlife in Swampscott

The Great Love Debate at Laugh Boston on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Great Love Debate

Laugh Boston

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Town Hall–style dating event pairs love experts with 200 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

$41.99 $25

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Standup Show for Two at Nick's Comedy Stop Through December 6 (Up to 52% Off)

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

The intimate 30-year-old venue hosts both emerging and established comedians

$45.70 $22

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"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" at Wilbur Theatre on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody"

Wilbur Theatre

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Live-action musical parody of the bestselling adult novel about a naive college graduate and a darkly alluring billionaire

$55.45 $28

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Show at Medieval Manor on Fridays at 7:45 p.m. Through December 12 (Up to 48% Off)

Medieval Manor

Medieval Manor

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A King, a Minstrel, a Jester, an Oaf, and Wenches trade adult quips, sing songs, and interact with the dining audience

$33 $17

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Cider House Tour for Two or Four at Downeast Cider House (Up to 50% Off)

Downeast Cider House

Boston

Guests sip refreshing, freshly brewed, farm style ciders during tours, and leave with 64oz souvenir growler

$14 $7

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The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery with Commemorative Mug Through May 31 (Up to 40% Off)

The Dinner Detective Boston

Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable four-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

$96.17 $58

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ComedySportz Boston at Davis Square Theatre, August 8-November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

ComedySportz Boston

Davis Square Theatre

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Two comedy teams compete against each other with improvised games called by a referee during family-friendly shows

$30 $15

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American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

$40 $21

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Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour at Theatre on the Square on Friday, January 23 (Up to 48% Off)

Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour

Theatre on the Square

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Erin Foley brings TV- and club-sharpened skills to the stage, demonstrating an acerbic wit shown on Comedy Central and Conan

$23 $12

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Movie and Popcorn for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids at Apple Cinemas (Up to 51% Off)

Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond 10

Cambridge

First-run blockbusters in an independently owned theater accompanied by buttery popcorn

$30.50 $17

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The Gas Show for Two or Four Presented by Anderson Comedy (Half Off)

Anderson Comedy

Great Scott

Friday-night comedy shows see sketches and local comedians

$10 $5

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Quincy Center

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Mead Tour and Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Moonlight Meadery (Up to 57% Off)

Moonlight Meadery

Londonderry

Expert mead maker Michael Fairbrother offers up fermentation insight as well as fruit-tinged and spiced meads for tasting

$50 $25

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One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.

Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.

94 Lafayette St
Salem,
MA
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Jocelyn’s Restaurant's menus offer up healthy, reverently crafted Lebanese and American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Playful palates can begin a meal with bouncing kibbee balls, volleying seasoned ground beef, crushed wheat, and pine nuts and spiking hunger in the face ($8). Sea-sourced entrees include baked haddock topped with tahini, cilantro, garlic, and pine nuts ($18) and grilled shrimp skewers transfixing six jumbo shrimp with garlic-paprika spice ($21). Jocelyn's falafel plate satisfies stomachs with creamy ground chickpeas, seasoned and fried fava beans with tahini sauce, and promises of meat-free dreams ($15). The mixed mediterranean grill compiles one beef skewer, one chicken skewer, and two kafta skewers—a kebab comprising a mixture of lean ground beef and lamb—nicely charred over an open flame ($24).

355 S Broadway
Salem,
NH
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Recipients of Northshore magazine’s 2010 Best of North Shore award for Best Movie Theater, CinemaSalem fills four screens with first-run, art, and documentary films. Evening flicks after 6 p.m. offer stargazing opportunities for adults ($9.50) and kids ($7.50); 3-D films levy an additional $2 to compensate the hardworking technician who throws props and actors at the audience. Take in a morning movie before 12:30 p.m. ($6), or escape incessant summer sun by ducking into a matinee ($8 for adults, $7.50 for children). While you watch, crunch popcorn or traipse to the café for movie-minded concoctions such as the Vanilla Sky, a froth of espresso, vanilla, and clouds of foam ($3.50–$4), or the Holy Grail ($4.50), a peanut-butter-and-banana milkshake.

1 E India Square Mall
Salem,
MA
US

Rockafellas delights diners by dishing up a menu of fresh steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizzas in a casual, historic setting. Stop by for lunch to try a fresh lobster roll ($17) or a Missing Staircase, a shredded-chicken panini named for the building's grand foyer staircase ($8), which was demolished after the simultaneous invention of fireman's poles and jetpacks. Evening eaters can placate their palates with entrees such as the 12-ounce, brown-sugar-smothered grilled harvest pork chop, which comes plated with cranberry chutney ($21), or the fresh crab-stuffed haddock, served buttered and lightly seasoned ($17).

231 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US

Sixty2 on Wharf is owned by Tony Bettencourt, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts–trained former chef of the acclaimed Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough. Since opening in 2008, Sixty2 has seduced Salem stomachs with contemporary re-inventions of Italian classics. Bettencourt's meals use local and fresh ingredients shipped to the restaurant via seahorse-drawn gondola. The antipasti platter ($22) allows the chef to drop some knowledge on your plate, as he fills the plate with whichever antipasti options he deems best for the climate and current astrological alignment. Pasta dishes include the potato-filled cappellacci ($24 for full size) and the ribbon-like tagliatelle with a traditional meat-based Bolognese sauce ($26 for full size), while an assortment of entrees ($22–$30) include duck, lamb, chicken, and sea scallops seasoned and spiced to flavorful magnificence. The warm toffee-pudding dessert is a sweet salvo guaranteed to lob a taste grenade at any lingering post-entree hunger.

62 Wharf St
Salem,
MA
US

The Gloucestershire "Old Spot" pig is a fitting mascot and namesake for The Old Spot. The breed, once a staple of English farming, is docile, warm, and always in search of tasty grub. The pub and its inhabitants are similar--a crowd of neighborhood regulars who take their Guinness at the hardwood bar. The menu of meat pies and curried chicken evokes a cozy pub dining experience. Seated near the picture windows that run the front length of the pub, diners cut into crispy portions of fried haddock, the batter dashed with spritzes of lemon, malt vinegar, and tartar sauce. Though less neighborly figures necessitated the restaurant's end as a music venue, it continues to offer weekly trivia nights where the answer is always "John Major".

121 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US

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