Everyone looks forward to a fun girls' night out. There's nothing better than catching up with your closest friends over delicious bites and killer cocktails. The hardest part of the whole endeavor? Deciding where to go. When it comes to having a good time with the crew, great ambience, food and location are the name of the game.
Whether you're looking for an intimate spot to catch up over appetizers or a lively eatery with a trendy bar scene, we've got you covered with the coolest spots from coast to coast. Here are 24 restaurants that'll impress the whole squad:
1. LUPULO (New York)
Located in Chelsea near cool bars and clubs, Lupulo's seafood and wood-fired Portuguese small plates menu is great for sharing with friends. Centered around a long U-shaped bar that serves up strong wines, Lupulo boasts an atmosphere as colorful and vibrant as its dishes.
2. LOLITA COCINA & TEQUILA BAR (Boston)
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar offers Mexican-inspired eats, an expansive tequila list and playful mixed drinks. The bustling ambience and posh, loungey-feel is perfect for a night on the town.
3. BÄCO MERCAT (Los Angeles)
Bäco Mercat offers Chef Josef Centeno's Spanish- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, including his trademarked bäco sandwich, a delicious, creative cross between a pizza, taco and gyro. Large windows, marble walls and industrial brass accents set the scene for you to join the bustling, hip crowd.
4. ABE FISHER (Philadelphia)
Reminiscent of classic Jewish delis, Abe Fisher has an intimate, retro feel, great for catching up with friends over small plates or a family-style meal. Wash down the Jewish-inspired dishes with unique cocktails or local beers.
5. PEPITA CANTINA (Washington D.C.)
Chef/Owner Mike Isabella's lively Pepita Cantina serves a shareable menu inspired by the coast of Mexico, including tacos, ceviche, short ribs and other small plates. When the weather's warm, pull up a chair its outdoor patio to sip on agave spirits, margaritas and other frozen drinks with your favorite ladies.
6. LOCANDA (San Francisco)
Locanda's Roman-inspired classic fare and neighborhood feel is perfect for a low key night out with friends. Day dream about a European vacation while drinking Italian-inspired cocktails and reasonably priced wines.
7. HINTERLAND (Los Angeles)
If you're looking for a cozy-cool vibe and drinks on an outdoor patio, look no further than Hinterland, which serves tasty Southern Atlantic plates inspired by local produce and seasonal ingredients.
8. PUBLIC (New York)
Join the chic, cool crowd at popular Nolita spot PUBLIC, a James Beard Award winner for Best Restaurant Design that serves Australian cuisine, killer cocktails and great wines.
9. TRAVELLE KITCHEN + BAR (Chicago)
Travelle Kitchen + Bar's sophisticated lounge setting in the Langham Hotel, seasonal American menu and stunning river views make it both an elegant and exciting destination for a night out on the town. Don't miss the handcrafted cocktails and regional beers.
10. TRADE (Boston)
A definite crowd-pleaser, Trade dishes out inventive and varied Mediterranean-inspired small plates for sharing. The industrial-chic space -- complete with a white marble-topped bar -- is perfect for enjoying renowned craft cocktails.
11. CHINA CHILCANO (Washington D.C.)
Great for your next birthday celebration, China Chilcano's festive, lively space is an equal match for its innovative dishes. While dining here with your favorite ladies, try out the pisco brandy collection or selection of South American wines.
12. THE OLDE BAR (Philadelphia)
What better setting for a girls' night out than an oyster bar and cocktail lounge? The Olde Bar delivers just that, offering an extensive raw bar, plus hearty plates, bar snacks and awesome cocktails.
13. PIZZERIA DELFINA (Palo Alto)
A relaxed, airy eatery perfect for trading stories with the girls over a slice (or two, or three...), Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto -- just south of SF -- prepares delicious Neapolitan-inspired pizza pies, salads and small plates using farm-fresh ingredients.
14. LEDLOW (Los Angeles)
Ledlow is ideal for a cozy, relaxed night out, serving classic-meets-modern American comfort food from its light-filled dining room and great outdoor patio.
15. SUSHI DOKKU (Chicago)
An ultimate girls' night out list isn't complete without a delicious, lively sushi spot. Sushi Dokku is just that -- a fun, hip restaurant delivering sushi, sashimi and other Japanese small plates to pair with tasty sakes and cocktails.
16. MARVIN (Los Angeles)
A wine bar and bistro, Marvin offers classic French fare, an impressive wine list and a large enough space to squeeze all your friends around one table. The small-plates focused menu features fresh cheeses and cured meats, as well as seafood, vegetables and desserts to suit every palate.
17. HERITAGE (Philadelphia)
Situated inside a former Northern Liberties warehouse, Heritage offers plenty of places for gathering and enjoying seasonal New American fare, from the 40-foot bar (where 38 beers are available on tap) to the cedar-paneled dining room and the great rooftop garden.
18. LURE FISHBAR (New York)
Grab your girl posse and head over to chef Josh Capon's SoHo hot spot, Lure Fishbar. The eatery offers a raw bar, sushi options and fresh catch entrees, as well as a bustling bar scene and huge round booths for the whole group.
19. KYIRISAN (Washington D.C.)
An approachable, diverse menu that'll encourage your group to move outside its comfort zone, Kyirisan offers a playful Chinese- and French-inspired menu. The chic interior includes tufted banquettes and blue high top chairs, with geometric ceilings adding to the modern-meets-classic vibe.
20. BRAVAS BAR DE TAPAS (Healdsburg)
A lively spot to share tapas (and stories) with friends, Bravas Bar de Tapas -- located in Healdsburg in the heart of California wine country -- offers Spanish small plates, including a ham and cheese bar, fire pit vegetables, and bocadillos (sandwiches) to pair with sangria, as well as a great outdoor patio.
21. LITTLE SISTER (Los Angeles)
For a surprising, adventurous meal, Little Sister in both Manhattan Beach and DTLA will exceed any and all expectations. Dishes blend and balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences.
22. ACME (New York)
Nothing says "girls' night out" quite like an evening at ACME, a restaurant and cocktail bar perfect for dinner, drinks or a small bite with friends. The contemporary NoHo bistro serves up seasonal American cuisine, reimagined libations and great wines.
23. WILDE WINE BAR & RESTAURANT (Los Angeles)
Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant isn't simply a restaurant or a bar, but the best of both. Inspired by European-style brasseries, the menu features European and American cuisines, plus artisanal, organic and small-production wines alongside craft and import beers.
24. EL TORO BLANCO (New York)
A lively West Village hot spot that's got all the right elements for kicking back some drinks with your friends, El Toro Blanco delivers refined Mexican cuisine, made-to-order guacamole and plenty of tequilas. Orange and red decor, soft lighting and high, wood ceilings make for a fun, energetic dining experience.
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