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Taste of DTX: Great Places to Gather After Work in Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing is known for its amazing restaurant options, but with so much variety, how do you choose the right place for the right time? If you’re looking for the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of hard work, you’ve come to the right place. Check out some great places to gather after work in Downtown Crossing!


Back Deck (2 West St.)

If you’re looking for a casual, backyard style cookout you need to check out Back Deck! Enjoy the friendly, stress-free environment with a side of fresh air after being cooped up all day.

Things you should know...

  • The deck outside comfortably seats 50-70 people

  • They offer affordable cocktails, beer and wine

  • Here you’ll find some of the best charcoal-grilled grub around

  • The restaurant isn’t huge, but it is great for drinks and appetizers

  • Quotes from visitors: “Low key casual” and “Great place to hang out”

  • Back Deck is open until 11 pm most weekdays


Central Bistro (34 Summer St. 2nd Floor)

The Central Bistro has made it their mission to be your “after work destination.”  Between the $5 after work menu, endless drink options, the affable, neighborhood vibe and the social events being hosted, this is undeniably a hot place to be.

Things you should know…

  • Everything is made from scratch

  • Central Bistro has extremely comfortable seating

  • They offer sharing and mixing options for afternoon snacks

  • This is a true home-style food/bistro with very reasonable prices

  • A quote from a visitor: “The after work social at central”


Fajitas & 'Ritas (25 West St.)

What better way to let loose with friends than with a fiesta? Fajitas & Ritas will fulfill any Texas-style food craving any day of the week. This funky and down-to-earth spot is fantastic for sipping on some delicious frozen margaritas while enjoying mouthwatering fajitas. Or perhaps talk about your day while indulging in a whole pitcher of margaritas accompanied by fresh complementary chips! You  will immediately feel upbeat after walking through their front door.

Things you should know...

  • This is an affordable and fun option with cheap eats and $5 wine

  • You don’t just eat and drink here, it’s a place to hang out

  • Fajitas & 'Ritas is a great place for office parties

  • Quote from visitors: “Award winning good-vibe” and   “Only margaritas I’ve ever had better have actually been IN Mexico”


Kingston Grille and Bar (25 Kingston st.)

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The Kingston Grille & Bar has a lot to offer and has a ton of personality packed inside. This bistro has a “club/hotel/bar/lounge” feel and is the perfect spot to let loose and listen to live acoustics, specifically tailored toward the lunch and after work crowds.  

Things you should know...

  • KGB offers a lounge at the bar or front café area

  • There are excellent cocktails and beers on tap, plus 25-30 bottled beers

  • The menu is fancier than the average bar with extensive add ons at reasonable prices

  • Some appetizers include: Loaded nachos, mussels, fish tacos, soups and salads

  • Quote from a visitor: “A re-birth of a popular hangout is under way”

Don’t want to commit just one of these enticing restaurants?  Try them all at once on September 25th at Taste of Downtown Crossing!

Taste of Downtown Crossing is a celebration of diverse food, culture and entertainment. The event is gated on Avenue de Lafayette; patrons may purchase tickets online prior to the event for $15/person or at the event for $20/person. For more information about Taste of Downtown Crossing visit Check out event updates on Facebook or Twitter. You can also join the conversation using #TasteofDTX.