What better way to spend a morning than in your pajamas sipping coffee with your neighbors? Tremont 647's Saturday and Sunday pajama brunch combines comfort food and a cozy space for the perfect weekend wind-down. Everything on the menu here is worth getting out of bed for. For a late breakfast, try chef Andy Husbands's huevos rancheros over beans and rice, or move on to lunch with a plate of stinky cheeses and a juicy burger. Can't shake the hangover? Go with the cure-all combination: Matty's V8 bloody mary and the skillet-baked eggs and hash. 647 Tremont St., Boston, MA tremont647.com.
It's easy to agree on where to mingle if you and your posse are bent on skimming from the same pool, whether that's just-graduated daddy's girls (Foundation Lounge), martini-swilling cougars (Cuffs), or baseball-capped frat dudes (Clery's). Finding a pheromone-drenched locale that covers a variety of predilections is a much taller order. The South End's Beehive measures up nicely, drawing a clientele as diverse as its all-star team of bartenders and as tasty as the cocktails they stir up. And whether you're seeking a tattooed hairstylist or a sweater set-clad preppette, the uncharacteristically well-lit (for a bar) space means you'll get a clear view of your quarry. 541 Tremont St., Boston, MA 2115, beehiveboston.com.
Food lovers are advised to use the buddy system at Evenfall: You'll definitely need someone to shore up your self-control in the face of chef Scott Pelletier's seductive creations, which include pan-seared duck breast with lemon pappardelle, fava beans, and wild mushrooms, and orange-infused pound cake with mint macerated strawberries and strawberry sorbet. Besides, you'll want someone to ooh and aah along with you over the artistic presentation of your meal—and possibly drive you home after that last irresistible cocktail from Evenfall's master mixologists. 8 Knipe Road, Haverhill, MA 1835, evenfallrestaurant.com.
Arthur & Pat's, in the words of one sage local, "doesn't cater to the fancy-pants crowd." And indeed, the restaurant's worn exterior, wooden signs, and random rock soundtrack are unabashedly down-home. But if those details create a misperception of slapdash management, it's immediately cleared up by the glorious grub. We're talking fluffy pancakes with piles of berries; eggs Benedict with real crab; crispy, greaseless fried clams; bottomless cups of strong, hot coffee. After your meal, you may feel tempted to undo your belt—and given the easygoing air, it'd almost be acceptable to do so. 239 Ocean St., Marshfield, MA 2050, .
At some point, modern Europhiles have to make a choice: either move to Milan or buy furniture from Montage. Showcasing factory-direct B&B Italia and Moroso pieces (along with molto other imports ending in vowels), this Back Bay retailer corners the market on continental cool. Don't have an interior designer? Montage staffers will evaluate your pad and make savvy recommendations. Be warned, though: With the euro kicking the dollar's butt, Italian style doesn't come cheap, so you'll need to leave your budget at the door. 75 Arlington St., Boston, MA 2116, montageweb.com.
The $100,000 mural of the original hills of Boston covering the State House renovation, part of which blew off after five days.
We're not typically the nesting types, but thanks to Wishbasket, our pied-à-terre has been looking practically hibernation-ready. Once inside the French country shop, we find ourselves stocking up on rustic dinnerware, super-soft throws, current cookbooks, and specialty sea salts. Once, we even walked out with bath soaps labeled 'bonjour' and 'bonne nuit.' Our purchases have changed our minds about quiet evenings at home. Or at least evenings spent quietly admiring our new home accessories. 50 Water St., Newburyport, MA 1950, .
Brunch is best served in the company of good friends and shameless rounds of pre-noon cocktails. And right now, there’s no better place to indulge than at Southie’s Lincoln, where the crowd is lively, the dishes are ultra-decadent (did someone say Fruity Pebbles pancakes with cereal-milk anglaise?), and the Bucket of Bubbles makes it easy to toast the day away. Lest you think the lazy late-morning meal is solely a weekend affair, Lincoln serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, so you can get your breakfast-pizza fix on your lunch break. 425 W. Broadway, Boston, MA 02127, lincolnsouthboston.com.
You might have trouble concentrating on the threads inside this giant Alice-in-Wonderland warehouse. After all, the décor—from a statue of a silver horse in full stampede to a collection of Velvises behind the counter—is as sense-boggling as the merchandise. Direct your eyes to the back room, however, and you'll find racks and racks of corduroy, gabardine, and polyester from every decade and in all the colors of the rainbow. Leather biker jackets fondle Jackie-O dresses, and go-go boots tease leisure suits in this spacious checkerboard-tiled playland. Chances are you'll find your style, whether it's Father Knows Best, The Mod Squad, or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. 200 Broadway St., Cambridge, MA garment-district.com/.
Sorry guys and dolls, thanks to the Boston Center for Adult Education, there are just no more excuses for thinking salsa is merely a condiment. Even if you have two left feet, the BCAE can teach you everything from swing to ballroom dancing. They make disco cool. Hell, they'll even teach you to belly dance. And if the thought of that first dance in front of all those people sounds worse than 50 ears with your mother-in-law, they eve have a class called "Dance at Your Wedding: Choreographing the Moment." 5 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA bcae.org.
When your shoes need to be as buff as the rest of you, head here. Three factors separate a great shoeshine from a merely good one. First, the high wooden thrones need to be sufficiently elevated to allow a sense of kingliness. Second, it's gotta be quick—and these efficient women move people in and out. Third is technique: They use both a high-grade canuba wax and a water spray to give the polish extra shine; they have a crisp, napping motion with the towel; and they always take an extra few seconds to retie your laces. Nice touch—after all, kings don't like to bend. 1 Beacon St., Boston, MA .
Chuck Bass isn't fond of small talk (so don't even try to land any Gossip Girl jokes). Sure, there'll be the usual banter about what you're looking for in a trim, but as soon as he lifts the scissors, he'll go ninja on your locks, stealthily maneuvering through his multi-step shearing (first wet, then dry, and once more after the blowout). By the time you leave, every hair on your head has been restored to its rightful length and place. 116 Newbury St., Boston, MA chuckbass.com.
Whatever you do, don't call Cat Silirie a sommelier. That title conjures up a tastevin-toting snob stealing sips of your wine. Silirie is too modest—and tasteful—to affect such hauteur, preferring instead to work behind the scenes, where she has created a service staff of "total sommeliers." Six days a week, Silirie conducts tastings and quizzes for the entire waitstaff—with homework. It may sound intense, but when the coat check attendant asks if you enjoyed your grüner veltliner, you realize Silirie's handiwork instills a passion for wine unparalleled in most other restaurants anywhere. 9 Park St., Boston, MA no9park.com/.
Some might suggest that brunch is a wee bit early for Pearl's molten chocolate cake. Especially when there are equally delectable and (slightly) less gluttonous alternatives, such as mascarpone-stuffed French toast or smoked salmon Benedict. But from your first forkful of the fluffy outer layer and smooth liquid-cocoa center, you'll know you made the right decision. The dessert takes 18 minutes to prepare, so order as soon as you've been seated, then let your anticipation build while people-watching on the new patio. 47 Railroad St., Great Barrington, MA 2130, pearlsrestaurant.com.
This isn't the place to start a diet, unless you're on a strict regimen of noodle kugel, knishes, and chopped liver. The fresh cheese blintzes and potato pancakes are to die for. And your Jewish mother will kvell over the brisket even if she doesn't take to tray of offerings such as pork sausage and smokehouse ham. Kosher, this is not. In fact, what has made this "new Jewish"-style restaurant one of the eating spots in Brookline are the less traditional offerings, including cheddar-apple omelets and banana French toast. The wild artwork and hip young wait staff seal the deal: This ain't your grandma's deli. 335 Harvard St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA .