Eat, Drink, and Be Married

The best spots for your pre- and post-wedding fetes, from the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch.

The Bachelorette Bash

A proper girls’ night out should be lively, eventful, and just a tad boozy. (But please, no Jell-O shots.) For dinner and drinks, choose a spot with fun crowds, creative cocktails, and colorful ambiance. If you must, hit the clubs after-hours.


(From left) Bond, Photograph by Bill Brett; Cuchi Cuchi

At CUCHI CUCHI in Cambridge, the aesthetic is Old Hollywood-meets-bordello chic, and the food, like sizzling garlic shrimp, is made for sharing. Sip a Singapore Sling and launch into a remembrance of boyfriends past. Or look to the future: Every Tuesday a tarot card reader is on hand.


Bond; Photograph by Robert Rollend

For a glossier scene, slide into a seat at swank downtown lounge BOND, and bop to the house soundtrack (DJ Mario spins Thursday through Saturday). True to its banking theme—the building once housed the Federal Reserve—Bond’s menu promotes international trade: lamb souvlaki on one plate, tuna tataki on another.


Eastern Standard

For a more-varied mix of revelers, Kenmore Square’s EASTERN STANDARD welcomes everyone from postgame Sox fans to sharply dressed glitterati. The crescent-shaped red booths make for ideal people-watching and provide a plush place to tuck into bistro fare like tender steaks and chilled oysters. The always-packed bar, one of the best tippling spots in the city, serves tasty old-school flips and punches.

Cuchi Cuchi, $8–$18 per plate, 795 Main St., Cambridge, 617-864-2929,; Bond, $13–$18 per plate, 250 Franklin St., Boston, 617-451-1900,; Eastern Standard, $17–$32 per plate, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100,