Ideas for Your 30th Birthday in Boston

Couple celebrating a 30th birthday party


Five Ways to Celebrate Your Big Day

Turning 30 is a huge milestone, and it's important to celebrate it. Boston has a lot of great restaurants, bars and locales perfect for ringing in your 30th year. Hire a babysitter for the kids and give yourself the birthday party you deserve, whether it's a night out with some friends or a day trip with your significant other.

Share Some Plates at Sarma

Grab your friends and head to Sarma (249 Pearl St., Somerville, MA), a cool Middle Eastern tapas joint that is perfect for a celebration. The small plates are inventive and delicious, and you'll want to try everything on the menu. The waiters even walk by with non-menu specials throughout the evening, giving you a chance to add more food to your table. The atmosphere is lively, with great music, making it an ideal place to celebrate becoming another year older and wiser.

Book a Staycation at the W Hotel

Boston's W Hotel (100 Stuart St., Boston, MA) was recently renovated, and the result is chic and compelling. Their suites offers floor-to-ceiling views of the city, so book with your significant other for a celebratory night away from home. You may miss your kids, but the hotel's Bliss Spa will remind you that it's important to treat yourself occassionally. The W Lounge also features live DJs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, so you'll be able to dance your 20s away before bedtime.

Indulge in Oysters at Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston is well-known for its amazing seafood, and if you love oysters, Island Creek Oyster Bar (500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA) is a great spot for your birthday celebration. The raw bar offers several varieties of local oysters, shellfish and crudo, so order enough for a group and pair it with some crisp white wine. The restaurant has a casual chic vibe, making it perfect for a relaxed celebration with your partner and your friends. You can also book a private table to make the night even more special.

Grab a Drink at Backbar

If you're looking for a fun but low-key idea for your birthday night out, try Backbar (7 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, MA), known as Boston's hippest bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the cocktail joint offers creative cocktails, great bar snacks and an effortlessly cool atmosphere. It can be a bit tough to find, but look behind Journeyman, Backbar's sister restaurant, and down the long hallway. Your friends will love the speakeasy vibe, and you'll love the celebratory drinks everyone keeps buying you.

Take a Day Trip to the Cape

Busy moms don't always have much time to get away, but if you can score a babysitter for a few hours, you and your significant other can head for Cape Cod for a day off. You don't have to drive all the way to the end of the cape. Head to North Eastham for a lobster roll at The Friendly Fisherman (4580 US-6, North Eastham, MA), and then go for a stroll along one of the beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore. If your birthday is in the winter months, you may need to bundle up, but it's still worth the journey.