Where to Find Father's Day Specials in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  June 12, 2014
Credit: Mike Diskin

The BeehiveSince Father's Day happens to fall on the same weekend as Boston Pride, and The Beehive happens to be right in the middle of the South End-centric celebrations, the restaurant is doing double duty with a "Gay Father's Day" celebration from 6 PM-12:30 AM. Skip over the early risers and bring dad to an evening celebration that features fare from chef Marc Orfaly (like mussels marinara and braised beef short ribs) and over six hours of live music that pays tribute to the divas of soul: Aretha, Amy, Etta and Gladys, to name a few you only need one name to know. Throw in some drink specials like the "Queen Bea Arthur," and you have a celebration for any proud papa. 541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069

Pier 6Much as we love a summer weekend clambake, let dad have the day off. On Father's Day, from 12-3 PM, Pier 6 will host an all-you-can-eat clambake. Meals will come in a steamer bag chock full of mussels, corn, potatoes, and of course, all the clams upon which you and dad can gorge. Plus: beer, cocktails (like the gin, basil, and cucumber-infused Yeah Buoy!) and flat-screen TVs on the amazing roof deck, so you won't miss a second of the Sox game. 1 18th St., Charlestown; 617-337-0054

Precinct Kitchen + Bar. The Back Bay newcomer in the Loews Boston Hotel has something creative up its sleeve. Besides the "DIY Bloody Mary Bar" and  a la carte breakfast menu (which, fingers crossed, you'll enjoy on the street side patio), Precinct is putting on a putt-putt contest. Your golf-loving dad has three chances to sink a ball on the temporary green, and each could qualify him to win a weekend stay, free breakfast and special gift. 350 Stuart St.; 617-532-3827

Pantry. Sunday is Father's Day, but Saturday is National Bourbon Day - and let's face it, dads do love their brown booze. So if you're not able to spend time with dad on Sunday, take him out a day early to; Pantry restaurant at Natick's Verve Crowne Plaza is hosting a three-course, bourbon-paired dinner that includes French toast with foie gras torchon and cherry bourbon syrup, bourbon rabbit ragout, and pecan ice cream with bourbon brittle. Call ahead for $75 seats. 1360 Worcester St., Natick; 508-653-8800

Rialto. If your father is a burgeoning Daniel Boulud (or maybe just a future Chef Boyardee?) here's a chance to help him hone his skils. Star chef and Boston dining world matriarch Jody Adams is hosting a Father's Day cooking class at 11 Am. Each demonstration includes a welcome of coffee and scones, an Adams-led demo with multi-course lunch (expect baby octopus salad, among other eats), and a chance to mix up some summery, Campari-based cocktails on the terrace. For better or worse, dad's family barbecue ambitions just got bigger. (Tickets are $125 here.)

SKYBOKX 109Apparently Precinct isn't the only place putting a golf spin on things. This Natick "gastrosports" restaurant is putting together a "Father's Day Steak Special," a 16-ounce prime rib with horseradish cheddar mashed, Cajun onion strings and Maker's Mark demi-glace. But more importantly, your dad can strut his stuff on a putting green; if he gets a hole-in-one, he earns a free meal. 319 Speen St., Natick; 508-903-1600 

Stacked Donuts at Sweet BasilA donut-centric Father's Day? (Insert here a GIF of Homer Simpson, drooling.) On Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 AM, Needham's Sweet Basil will host the latest pop-up from Party of Two, the ongoing collaboration between Stacked Donuts (the latest venture from Top Chef alum Stephanie Cmar) and Trademark Tarts. It's twice the treats, and a chance to demonstrate to introduce dad to the cult of pop-up devotees who wake up early to wait in line. At least it means we went to bed at a reasonable hour, right pops? (Don't forget: everything is $3 each and it's cash-only.) 942 Great Plain Ave., Needham; 781-444-9600