After a few beers and Talking Heads covers, nothing’s quite as satisfying as scoring a $1 chicken teriyaki skewer. Dance your heart out at the club upstairs, or just huddle around a scorpion bowl with your pals while some State Street suit croons “Friends in Low Places.” 65 Chatham St., Boston, MA 02109, hongkongboston.com.
This museum and working firehouse has become a hot tot birthday spot, and for good reason: Festivities begin on the spacious second floor, where kids can burn excess energy, then move to an exhibit hall, where they can climb, "steer," ring bells, and wind sirens on old-time engines. 344 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, bostonfiremuseum.com.
Far more than a vast storehouse of books, the BPL has always been a hub for the community—something that’s only grown stronger in the COVID era. Whether it’s interactive playgroups for toddlers, story times and bilingual magic shows for kids, improv classes for teens, or book clubs and lectures for adults, the organization has harnessed the diverse resources of all of its branches to offer such a busy, varied selection of virtual fun each day that you’ll hardly find enough time to experience it all 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, bpl.org.
From its historical digs on Mass. Ave., the BSO manages to cater to both Liszt fans and those who just want to hear what the Star Wars theme sounds like live. bso.org/.
Students in the classical ballet program have the chance to perform in the Nutcracker, but the school isn’t just for future Claras: Its inclusive approach involves classes for all ages (even toddlers!) and abilities. 19 Clarendon St., Boston, MA bostonballet.org.
This North End gem promises replicas of "world-famous celebrity jewelry," and it delivers better than a stunt double. Filthy Rich of Boston has more than 100 authorized exact copies of classic pieces owned and worn by legends like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, as well as look-alikes from current stars such as Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman. You may not be an Oscar winner, but you can accessorize like one. Boston, MA 2113,
The football players are better known for making book, and the hoopsters for celebrating at Mary Ann's, but Jerry York's BC hockey team brought the Heights its first NCAA title since 1949.
Like a portal to Narnia, a door below street level reveals an impossibly boundless collection of used books, neatly organized into hundreds of irresistible categories, including "espionage," "nature writing," and "UFOs." Two cats doze near the front, and there's quiet but the sound of the creaky wooden floors. 906 Beacon Street, Boston, MA .
Everything Phydeau needs, and a rainy day's adventure for the kids. 119 First St., Cambridge, MA .
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.
Whether you need transportation for a big cheese from New York or just a ride to Logan at 3 a.m., traveling in a Boston Car Service sedan will do you right. Rates are easy on the check-book: From the Boston/Cambridge area to Logan, it's about $33 to ride in a swank Lincoln with a driver who asks your route and temperature preferences. Now this is living. 60 Kilmarnock Street, Boston, MA bostoncorpcoach.com.
After a $60 million facelift, all 17 stories of Boston's grande dame gleam as brightly as they did in the 1920s. This Ritz has spent more than 75 years perfecting the art of impeccable service, and it shows in a sophistication and luxury unmatched in this town—right down to the jocular doorman and white-gloved bellboys. The chandelier-filled dining room has been restored to its previous grandeur, and the vast menu of amenities includes bath and fireplace butlers, afternoon tea, and etiquette classes for children. 15 Arlington St., Boston, MA tajhotels.com/boston/.
Owner Jennifer North has earned the undying love of her charges by accommodating their emotional needs as well as their fondness for particular hydrants. Anxious owners can rest easy knowing their babies are being cared for with the love and affection they themselves lavish on their beastly buddies. 144 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA .