Low lights, dark wood, and more than 200 whiskeys. As far as drinking goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Prefer suds? No problem. The bar staff keeps a rotating line of draft beers and ciders that includes local stars such as Jack’s Abby and Downeast. 1310 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, citizenpub.com.
The beauty of this dim sum spot's new Quincy location is in the extensive, sharply executed menu: In addition to traditional cart service, diners can order dishes via checklist, which means the char siu-stuffed bao are fluffier, the wok-fried radish cakes are crisper, and the pea pod stems—prone to wilting and sogginess at lesser restaurants—still retain their vibrant color and delicate crunch. Bonus points for a full bar. 706 Hancock St., Quincy, MA 02170, winsordimsum.com.
Oysters, biscuits, and buttermilk-ricotta pancakesbrunch at this neighborhood tavern covers the bases. 1310 Boylston St., Fenway/Kenmore, MA 2215, citizenpub.com.
It's nice of the attentive staff to give you space to conduct your business. Truth be told, as much networking gets done among the breakfast tables at this Four Seasons restaurant as at them; most diners spend their mornings circumspectly stealing glances past the potted palms to see who else is in the room, which all but hums with power. If that isn't enough to distract you, there's always the superlative view of the Public Garden. And the food (though predictably priced in the expense-account stratosphere) is worth five stars. Along with your fresh-squeezed juice, try the banana-stuffed French toast with strawberry syrup, the warm New England fruit compote, or the Japanese breakfast of grilled salmon, boiled egg, shiitake mushrooms, rice, seaweed, and miso soup, all on a black lacquer tray. 200 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Fifty glistening lanes which resound with pin thunder twenty-four hours a day. Donny Graham, the sports editor of the Washington Post has been known to make mid-night excursions to this candlepin paradise. 820 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA .
We escape into a hotel bar when we want to feel like visitors in our own city. And there's no grander way to see Boston than by sidling up to the gilded bar at the century-old Fairmont Copley Plaza. Take a seat under the soaring ceilings and sip a stiff gin martini or an oversize pour of pinot while the world passes by. 138 St. James Ave., Boston, MA 02116, oaklongbarkitchen.com.
The downside of an hour of someone expertly kneading every ounce of stress and tension out of your body? Knowing that as soon as it’s over, you’ll have to check your Zenlike state at the door, only to hop on the T (or, worse, contend with Boston drivers). But here, after one of nearly a dozen massage options (for straight-up relaxation, we like the signature "Flow" style), you can stave off the inevitable in the complimentary Turkish bath, stacked with sleek surfaces, cool washcloths, and mood lighting to keep the post-treatment buzz going. 2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 2109, boston.exhalespa.com.
This stuff is outrageously creamy. The consistency is mousse-like without being airy, rich without being heavy. Toscanini's selection of original flavors seems to change hourly (depending on how busy they are) and ranges from the exotic (cardamom) to the stout (Guinness...yes, that Guinness) to your basic chocolate and vanilla. The prices are a bit steep but worth it. 899 Main St., Cambridge, MA .
Enjoy an impromptu day in the country without actually leaving the city on Jamaica Pond, where, for just $15 per hour, you can take in 68 acres of pristine flat water from your very own rowboat, sailboat, or kayak. Just be sure to bring cash or a check. Boston, MA 02130, courageoussailing.org/jamaicapond.
Saturday afternoon. T minus two hours. Sure, there was chemistry in your e-mail exchanges, but now your blind date is about to size you up in person. The team at Uniform, helmed by the highly stylish Gary Ritacco, will help you appear effortlessly with-it. Both rabid and reluctant shoppers will feel in their element, thanks to the store's downtown elan and array of easy-to-wear options, which include knits and jackets by Original Penguin, Ben Sherman, and Modern Amusement, and a denim stash that features True Religion and the tougher-to-find L.A. brand Crate. 511 Tremont St., Boston, MA uniformboston.com.
Squint through those frumpy, outdated spectacles of yours and take a good look around this sleek Brookline Village shop. You'll readily appreciate the cache of 1,000 or so designer frames, dotted with cult brands (Kamuro, Kata) and European faves (Face Face, Lafont). You'll admire optometrist-owner Galina Rabkin's staff of brainy-chic glamazons. And you'll absolutely obsess over the one-of-a-kind photo booth providing a 360-degree view of how various pairs of glasses work with your face—something that, while it might seem gimmicky, can save hours of agonizing in hindsight. 11 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 2445, viziooptic.com.
For Hollywood celebs, bleached teeth are as essential an accessory as an unauthorized sex tape and a kabbalah bracelet. We've got no advice for you on those last two, but we can point you toward BriteSmile for the first. After a quick consultation, spa manager Karina Nolasco settles you into a reclining chair and hands you a pair of earphones so you can watch TV while a licensed dentist preps your teeth for the painless blue light. About an hour and a half later, you'll walk out with movie-star chompers of your own. 75 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, britesmile.com.
We like our wine bars like we like our Burgundies: aged 15 years, preferably with piles of rich salumi lurking somewhere convenient. Barbara Lynch’s meat-meets-Margaux South End stalwart, which opened in 2003, still has its bar-setting roster of high-toned Old Worlders by Cat Silirie, and its all-day hours (even sessionable Sundays!). But the seasonal menu and staff wisdom are showing better than ever. 552 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118, thebutchershopboston.com.
Pianist Dave McKenna. And the best free hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour. Boston, MA