Happy almost-weekend friends! If you’re looking for a fun girl’s night out (or date night) in Boston, I have the perfect idea! My friend Danielle and I went to The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) a couple of weeks ago and had a blast. The best part? It’s FREE every Thursday night from 5 to 9 PM so it’s a great spot to hit up after work.
The ICA is super easy to get to. We parked in a garage right across from the museum for only $15 (set your GPS to 100 Northern Ave). You can also take a taxi/Uber if you live close by or the MBTA (take the Silver Line-Waterfront to the Courthouse or the World Trade Center stop).
We started our night on the ICA’s sprawling deck, overlooking the seaport and stopped to listen and dance to ‘Sudacas’, a fun, feel-good band that reigns from Latin America. They play both traditional and modern music. There was plenty of outdoor seating and a few pop-up bars selling beer and wine.
Seriously, how can you beat this view?!
Inside, there were only two exhibits available for free, so we were a little bummed we couldn’t see more, however the exhibits we did see were fabulous.
You can see the rest of the museum for full price and at $15 per person, it’s still very affordable. Danielle had gone with her mom last winter and said there were many more exhibits open, so if you’d like to see as much as possible, I would recommend contacting the museum before you go to find out which exhibits are free.
Next, we walked the pier and browsed all of the different dinner options (there were so many to choose from!). We decided on 75 on Liberty Wharf. I had never been, but the food and ambiance was phenomenal – both indoor and outdoor seating is available (we opted for outdoor, of course). The menu was a great mix of seafood, meat, and non-meat options, so there’s definitely something for everyone. I highly recommend the summer harvest ravioli; I forgot to take a picture mainly because I ate it so fast!
If you’re looking for other food options, I recommend Whiskey Priest, Jerry Remmy’s, Legal Harborside, sweetgreen, or the Barking Crab. I’ve been wanting to check out the Envoy Hotel’s rooftop deck so we attempted to go after dinner, but there was a line around the corner. Maybe next time! And for such a fun, affordable night out, there will definitely be a next time!