Last Minute Date Night – North End – Boston, MA

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The North End is one of Boston’s most famous neighborhoods. No matter the time of year, its streets are packed with tourists and locals alike. The North End is a part of town that transports you to Europe. And for a date night, few parts of the city can beat it.

In this guide, we’re going to share with you a last minute North End date night that won’t require reservations.

STOP 1: Drinks at Caffé Paradiso

Of the endless places to get an espresso martini in the North End, Caffé Paradiso is high on our list.

Their classic version is great, but the real reason to come here is the pistachio espresso martini. What takes this version above and beyond is that it comes with a scoop of pistachio gelato in it. Not only do you catch a buzz, but you also get your sweet tooth satisfied.

Lined with small tables of two, this spot gives off a hole-in-the-wall European cafe vibe. And if the taste of gelato in the martini wasn’t enough, you can go the full “dessert before dinner” route by ordering some of their creamy gelato on its own.

STOP 2: Dinner at Antico Forno

If you’re reading this article, we’re assuming you’re looking to have a spontaneous Saturday night date night in the North End. This means places like Carmelina’s and Giacomo’s are off the table, but that does not mean you have to settle.

Antico Forno stands tall with any of the other heavy-hitting Italian spots here. The vibes at Antico Forno are cozy and warm. There is brick from floor to ceiling, including a fireplace in the middle of the restaurant. This is fitting because this place specializes in everything “brick oven” style.

If you are a bolognese fan, then your decision on what to get here is very easy. Their sauce is hearty and meaty, and the fettucini is thick with a texture you only get with homemade pasta. Our other favorite from here is the linguine al frutti de mare. When it comes to the table, it’s like opening a present on Christmas morning. Unwrapping the parchment paper, you get hit in the face with tomato and seafood. The seafood mix gives you a little taste of everything including clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari.

Whether you want pasta or pizza, you wont be disappointed by your experience at Antico Forno

STOP 3: A Night Cap At Wicked Craft Co.

Wicked Craft Co. switches the vibe up– from old country to lush gardens and drinks with dry ice. Full of flowers, fluorescent lights, and today’s top music, Wicked Craft Co. is the furthest from the North End you can get while still being in the North End.

Their inventive drink menu is great for a night cap. We love a good gimmick, and there are no lack of them here. You can get their gin-based drink called “The Chameleon,” which turns from purple to a slightly different shade of purple when you drop a shot into the glass.

Wicked Craft Co. has a number of shots that, if you order enough, come with dry ice. And we saw plenty of dry ice around the tables when we visted. This is a perfect one and done spot to round out a night.

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