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Creative mocktails for 16th birthday

TimTamGirl | May 26, 201508:44 AM

My friend is bringing his daughter to Boston next month to celebrate the daughter's 16th birthday. They're from very suburban NJ and she wants to do Cool Things In The City, and I was thinking that it might be fun for us to go for lunch/dinner to a place where the staff would be willing to do 'craft' mocktails for her.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Other parameters include:

* in Boston or Camberville, preferably T-accessible
* $20 or under for mains
* can comfortably accommodate a group of 4-5 (so probably not sitting at the bar)
* fun, upbeat atmosphere; doesn't need to be fancy but shouldn't be dull
* safe and comfortable for young women of that age, nothing skeevy
* most importantly, somewhere that will take her seriously. She's young but she's whipsmart and already very food-adventurous; I'd be very cranky if she were fobbed off with cran-orange and a maraschino cherry

My ideal would be Alden and Harlow, but unfortunately that's a bit more expensive than we can swing for this occasion. I had also thought of early 'drinks' at the Hawthorne followed by dinner at Eastern Standard, but I don't know how the Hawthorne staff would feel about having a teenager in the mix. That's also the part of Boston they've spent the most time in (rabid baseball fans), so I'd like to get them out of Kenmore.

I'm happy to call in advance to check that a given venue would do mocktails and let them know that's what we'd be after; but if anyone's had good/bad experiences they could share to help me narrow the field, I'd appreciate it!

Alden & Harlow,
Eastern Standard
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