Bars & Clubs

First-Date Destination

2017 Winner: The Gallows

Photo Credit: Brian Samuels


Finding a first-date spot is tricky. You want the place to feel fun but not forced, with reasonable price points lodged between “penny pincher” and “moneybags.” The Gallows is always a perfect match. The reliably buzzy South End gastropub has a liveliness that lubricates conversation (creative cocktails help too), and shareable plates like loaded poutine and pork belly pinchos suggest a noncloying sense of humor—just like a good date does.

The Gallows

1395 Washington St., Boston • (617) 425-0200

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