Looking to get a little closer to your date? Boston bartenders have put their heads together so you can do the same with large-format cocktails built for sharing. With two (or more) straws and one glass, you can cozy up to your drinking partner for double the cocktail fun. See below for nine share-able drinks (scorpion bowls, Tiki concoctions and more) that will have you on cloud nine come date night.
The Automatic’s retro vibe makes it a great date spot for old-school romantics. Opt for the Miami Vice for two – the perfect marriage of a piña colada and a daiquiri – to get intimate over crazy straws with refreshing (and boozy) beach sips.
Get wise to The Bancroft’s bar game with the How Many Licks?, a mix of Absolut Elyx, Grand Marnier, Giffard banana liqueur, mango, lime, cream and bitters that comes in an owl glass – it would only be smart to share.
Boos and baes can come together over the Bad Hombre, bar director and partner Todd Maul’s homage to Oaxacan agricole rhum, blended with Appleton, honey and mango syrup. The cacti-studded scorpion bowl is served with mango ice cube lily pads, edible flowers, and straws for shared sipping.
You and your Valentine can alight on sunnier shores at Catalyst. For the love-y holiday, the bar team is doubling down with cocktails for two, like the tropical Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. Irish whiskey joins with orange bitters, Giffard banana liqueur, fresh lime juice and coconut water for a mini island escape.
Tiki together at Empire. Pineapple Mai Tais for two feature the hollowed-out fruit filled with the traditionally rummy cocktail. Bigger parties can opt for the Big Kahuna, a vodka, mint and ginger punch that comes in a watermelon vessel.
Double dating it? Snag the Swampwater Fix at Hojoko, for four or more, to bring your group together. The (very) large concoction blends bright green Chartreuse, rhum agricole, pineapple and lime – topped with toy gators for that Floridian touch.
Rosebud Kitchen + Drinks
Rosebud is going steady with old-school diner style this Valentine’s Day. You can settle in to a booth for a special dinner menu built for duos, including a milkshake to share (Norman Rockwell-esque). A vanilla, chocolate or chocolate-covered strawberry shake gets an adult upgrade with a hearty dose of bourbon.
Cupid forgoes the bow and arrow for a fishbowl at Tamo’s Valentine’s Day. The large-format love potion (titled Cupid’s Fishbowl) is full of fruity tastes with mango rum, coconut rum and absinthe as the base for mango juice, cranberry juice, strawberries and (the holiday appropriate) passionfruit.
Give your date the royal treatment at Tavern Road. Sophisticated shared cocktails, like the Her Majesty – with Ford’s gin, lemon, ginger-honey Assam tea syrups and Cava – add a little elegance to your imbibery and a little edge to traditional tea service.
Grab a pair of bar stools at any of the spots above for your modern malt shop moment.