When your normal beat is geeking out on snack chips, it's a breath of fresh air (and...uh...fresh breath) to be asked to investigate romantic spots to sip cocktails. I've been living, drinking, and dating in Boston for a few years now and have gathered quite a bit of on-the-ground intel on where it's best to bring a date. Each of these cocktail destinations offers warm lighting, plenty of cozy seating for two, and most importantly, top-notch drinks.
I firmly believe that quality cocktails, handcrafted by 'tenders who know what they're doing, are romantic in and of themselves. With that in mind I hit up five of Boston's best cocktail bars and looked for tipples with real character. I didn't take the easy road and pick pretty drinks (though to be fair two ended up being pink) with cute names, but instead drank deeper in search of the kind of cocktail I could spend the rest of my life with. Or, you know, at least one good night. Check out the slideshow for my guide to the Boston area's best destinations for a romantic—and cocktail-filled—evening, including what to order at each spot.