Culture and Cocktails in Boston

by Berit Baugher
Photos courtesy of MIT List Visual Arts Center and Catalyst Restaurant

BOSTON – Art is everywhere in the great city of Boston, and for every moment of culture, there's dinner and cocktails just around the corner.

Home to the university's extensive contemporary art collection, the museum differentiates itself by loaning original pieces to students to decorate their dorm rooms. (Reason enough to apply to MIT.)

A simple and traditional American menu featuring seasonal ingredients served in a sprawling, modern space.

Photo: Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Built to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palazzo, the walls and rooms are decorated with more than 2,500 works of art. The several empty frames are patiently awaiting the return of 13 pieces stolen in one of the most famous art world heists.

Delectable desserts and dishes that were served by Mrs. Gardner herself make this a frequently visited stop for post-museum sips and bites.


Photo: Courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Art

Boston's first new museum building in more than 100 years overlooks the harbor and exhibits some of the country's best contemporary art, including pieces from Nan Goldin and Louise Bourgeois.

Have dinner and drinks upstairs within the high-end clothing store and you'll get some of the best water views in town.

Photo: Courtesy of JFK Library and Museum

The nation's 35th president and a true Boston gent is honored and celebrated at the museum that chronicles his life, leadership, and legacy.

It's a bit of a hike, but well worth the effort for the lengthy list of micro-brews, creative cocktails, and famous house-cured corned beef and cabbage.

SOWA Artists Guild

Photo: Courtesy of SOWA Artists Guild

Browse dozens of galleries and see artists in their element on the first Friday of each month or by appointment in Boston's largest artist community.

A classic Parisian-style brasserie with fantastic outdoor seating and a wine list with 20 French vintages.

Photo: Courtesy of Decordova Museum

A kooky sculpture garden set on the grounds of an old mansion sixteen miles outside Boston. (If you can't hitch a ride, you can take the train.)

Since dining options are sparse in Lincoln, pick up a bottle of wine and pack a lunch from that Cambridge favorite once frequented by legendary chef Julia Child.


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