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Father's Day on the town

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Poor Dad. Moms get the flowers, candy, brunch, jewelry, perhaps a new dress or robe. What do Dads get? A tie? A BBQ that he grills up himself? C’mon. He tells you not to bother? Ah, you should bother. Instead of buying him something he can always buy for himself, why not set him up with a decadent Dad’s Day On the Town?

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This present can be on actual Father’s Day, or for a day to be named later.

Itinerary: Kenmore/Back Bay/South End

Set the tone and start out with a cut and a shave, at a top-end, men’s only barber, a place where he can try a cigar, read Maxim, and admire fishing gear hung from the walls while he awaits the first-class manscaping. Tweeds Barber Shop, 1313 Washington St., South End, formerly State Street Barbers, has provided award-winning men's haircuts and hot lather shaves to discerning Boston-area clients since 2006.

While he’s in the barber’s chair, pick up one of their flasks and fill it with his favorite brown liquid. And treat him to a nice bar of soap or other manly grooming product for sale at the desk.

All spiffy? Head for brunch. A tres chic option that has plenty of options is at Petit Robert Bistro, a short walk down the street from Tweeds at 480 Columbus Ave., or up the road in Kenmore Square, on Commonwealth Avenue. (Which is a bit closer to a nice pair of tickets at Fenway Park?)

A special Father’s Day menu at the bistro: 11am to 11pm.
Entrees:

  • Pan-seared tuna steak served with melon gazpacho with mint, ginger and pickled red onion slice garnish
  • Roasted blue fish with green peas and baby carrots cocotte & grounded black olive garnish
  • 12 oz. grilled pork loin strip served w/ Dijon mustard sauce, with smoked maple sausage link with chopped apple garnish

Dessert:

  • Mixed Berries (Raspberry & Strawberry) Fruit Tart with Vanilla Custard

To work it all off, find something active to do, with a few buffalo wings and brews.
If you’re in Fenway and you’re not celebrating Big Papi Day with the Sox, go for a few rounds of ping pong and the batting cage, at the nearby Blazing Paddles, downstairs at Game On, on Lansdowne Street.

And if you’re in the South End, there’s King’s Bowling, where Dads bowl FREE on Father’s Day, with a paying guest. There’s a lot of other savings this summer, if you’re looking for creative gift ideas: For every $50 spent in King’s Gift Cards, you get $10 in Kings Rewards Cards. Another gift idea: for $29.99 Kids & $39.99 Adults, you get three games of Bowling every day in the summer, including shoes. If it’s sunny, take him for All-You-Can Bowl days for $8 (doesn’t include shoes) for Groups 2+. Or Date Nights: 2 Free Games of Bowling with a Dinner Reservation (for groups of 2-6 people between 5-9pm on Friday night!

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