Dinner, Drinks, and a Show: 15 Places for Planning the Perfect Night Out This Winter
Living in Boston has a million perks, from deep history to fantastic dining to thrilling sports games. But winter weather is not what many Bostonians consider part of the city’s charm. However, while we can’t change the bone-chilling cold or the 4:30 sunset, we can change how much fun we’re having.
The truth is, things to do, food to eat, concerts to see, and games to attend are even more fun in the winter because they give you a break from the cold. And with places like The Hub on Causeway in Boston’s West End, everything you need—a fantastic meal, a show to see, a place to stay—is comfortably walkable (promise).
So, instead of wishing the winter away, embrace it this year by planning some memorable nights out at The Hub on Causeway. Here are fifteen places to go and things to do to get you started.
Talent to Behold
Big Night Live presents Taylor Swift Night
Taylor Swift has fans all around the globe who are looking to get their fix of her iconic music in all different forms, whenever possible—and if you didn’t get your tickets to the tour, shake it off! Big Night Live’s ‘The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night’ for fans 18 years old and older is a unique and lively way to satisfy your T-Swift dreams.
For popular music enthusiasts, the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball is a must-see event at TD Garden. You’ll get to enjoy music from some of today’s top artists like Jack Harlow, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, The Kid LAROI, Lauv, Tate McRae, Dove Cameron, Jax, and Nicky Youre. You can buy tickets online, at the TD Garden Box Office, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Get your tickets now, because the Jingle Ball is happening December 11—and you won’t want to miss this.
You won’t want to let this special experience go! Back again, Boston is welcoming Disney on Ice for a week of magic at TD Garden with music and characters from the beloved family films Frozen and Encanto. With morning, afternoon and evening shows there is sure to be a time that works for you. Bring the whole family to experience the magic of Disney and figure skating all at once in this incredibly stimulating and entertaining performance by an award winning cast of world-class ice skaters, aerial acrobats, and more.
Seeing your favorite artists live in concert is one of the best ways to experience a unique kind of energy and get a boost of serotonin during the winter months. Tickets to concerts also make great holiday gifts for loved ones—giving someone special something to look forward to in the dreary winter months is a priceless way to show you care. You’ll have some great options to choose from with TD Garden’s artists coming for concerts this winter and early spring.
December 10 – Andrea Bocelli: Believe Tour
February 17 – Carrie Underwood: Denim & Rhinestones Tour
March 20 – Bruce Springsteen
May 21 – Blink 182
Calling all Boston sports fans: Here’s one of the best ways to make the winter fly by. Embrace the cold at a Bruins game, watching Boston’s beloved hockey team zip around the ice as they take on other NHL teams.
If NBA games are your ideal entertainment then you can catch a Boston Celtics. True fans will celebrate Christmas at TD Garden with the Celtics playing the Bucks at 5 p.m.
Plus, don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters on December 28 and the Andrew James Lawson Foundation Invitational hockey tournament for local high school boys on January 21, where you can cheer on your friends and family as they take on their rival schools on the ice.
Fantastic Food to Eat
Finding the right place to eat before or after a show or game is not an easy choice—unless you’re at The Hub on Causeway. Located across The Hub from Big Night Live, Banner’s Kitchen & Tap is a sprawling sports bar with a full food menu, 30 rotating beer taps, 60 TV’s including a 40 foot Dream Screen, the biggest in the Northeast, and even a virtual TopGolf Swing Suite.
Banner’s makes a fantastic stop before or after a Celtics or Bruins game, or before a show at Big Night Live. Although the venue is popular as a place to watch sports and grab a drink before or after a game, its Blades & Boards club is a gorgeous backdrop for high-class corporate events and parties—if you’re picturing your company holiday party, your mind’s in the right place.
There’s something about having tacos and margaritas with your friends, and if you can find the perfect atmosphere to go with it, you’re on your way to having a night to remember. Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina is the perfect meal to accompany a fun rendezvous with friends or family, with its moody maximalist interior and high-energy vibe.
Besides chips and guac, of course, try the crispy pork belly to start (sherry mango glaze, guajillo dust, tomatillo avocado salsa), the wagyu beef tacos (hon shimeji mushrooms, pickled onion, sherry-truffle crema), and the fajitas. To drink, you’ll have to choose between a list of fantastic cocktails or a margarita pitcher.
If you’ve been out in the city on a frigid winter day, you’re going to want to stop for lunch or dinner at Momosan Ramen Boston by Iron Chef Morimoto. In terms of warming up and boosting morale, Momosan ramen is arguably the best way to do so.
The restaurant anchors Hub Hall, and features both table seating and a sushi counter where you can grab fresh sushi to-go. Momosan is both decadent in flavor and a quick and casual meal, making it a fantastic option for any occasion. Momosan is a great place to stop in alone and eat at the bar, go on a casual date, or bring a group of friends before hitting a game at TD Garden or a show at Big Night Live.
Brought to you by the award winning duo, Chef Douglass Williams and Seth Gerber, the MIDA team is taking it old school New England with APIZZA. This Italian-American pizza joint located in Hub Hall serves incredible New Haven- and Roman-style pizzas. You can take a seat and eat in the food hall if you’re into the action or take a pizza to go if you are looking for a more quiet evening. Either way, you’re in for a treat.
A Boston hack you can count on every time: Come to Hub Hall for Mike’s Pastry instead of waiting in line on Hanover Street. Mike’s Pastry at Hub Hall is serving all the essentials, including their famous cannoli, so you know there’s a sweet treat just a short walk away during your time out on the Causeway. Pair your pastry with coffee from Caffe Nero, a popular Bostonian favorite (based in the UK) that never disappoints.
For the perfect lunch or casual dinner before a game or concert, check out Lilly P’s fried chicken and Sauce Burgers, both located within Hub Hall. Although quick and easy, both of these local eateries use fresh and homemade ingredients that will leave you satisfied and happy. Lilly P’s serves the top hits from it’s Cambridge brick-and-mortar store, and Sauce Burgers comes from Sauce Wings, a north shore favorite for the last 10 years.
Places to Shop and Stay
You can’t hit a Boston game without your Boston gear. But if you’re new to the area or visiting from out of town, don’t worry—The Pro Shop is right next to TD Garden, so you can pick up some swag on your way into the game. You’ll be one step closer to super-fan status after a trip to The Pro Shop.
Plus, even if you already have all your Bruins and Celtics gear, you can find limited edition drops at The Pro Shop like the Celtics x Warren Lotas collection (which makes a great gift for your Boston sports fanatics). And, if you bring your existing Bruins jersey to The Pro Shop, you can get a Rapid7 patch ironed on for just a 20 dollar donation.
One of the hardest parts of planning a vacation or a staycation is finding the right place to stay. If you’re visiting for a game or show, or if you have visitors coming in from out of town, the citizenM hotel, also known as Boston North Station Hotel, is the perfect option. With close proximity to all the restaurants, Big Night Live, and TD Garden, citizenM makes your choice of hotels easier than ever.
For a bonus last stop to round out your Causeway weekend, hit the Verizon store right next to BNL for your tech needs. You can skip the line at the Apple store for your latest new device, finish up your holiday shopping with a phone upgrade or new tech for a lucky loved one, or browse the phone cases for a fresh new look. The Verizon store also sells tablets and other devices, and in case of emergency, you can consult Verizon employees about water damage and other tech inconveniences.
To see what The Hub on Causeway has to offer, visit thehuboncauseway.com.This is a paid partnership between The Hub on Causeway and Boston Magazine