Sep 282014

**My husband, Chris, and I received a complimentary paint lesson at The Paint Bar in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

I had been telling my husband for ages that I wanted to go to The Paint Bar and since he didn’t seem to be getting the hint, I took matters into my own hands and booked us a lesson at the Newtonville location.


You see, I come from a family of artists, but somehow that artistic gene seemed to have skipped me.  Both my mother and sister graduated from the Mass College of Art and here I am barely able to draw a stick figure that even remotely resembles a human being.  That is why The Paint Bar intrigued me.  At The Paint Bar, the instructor helps everyone in the class create a masterpiece by teaching the class how to recreate one specific painting step by step – and I knew that would be perfect for a “beginner” me.

At The Paint Bar, you can call or make reservations online and because space is limited, reservations are suggested.  I made our reservations online and when you book online, you can see which paintings are going to be featured on which night, so can you choose based on that if you’re looking for something specific to paint – which is what I did.

Chris had no idea what we were going to be painting, but as soon as we walked in, they had the painting that the class was going to be working on displayed.  It is called “Moonlit Boston”.


The stations were all set up when we arrived complete with a 16′ x 20′ pre-stretched canvas, brushes, and an easel.  Aprons and paint were also supplied, but we got those ourselves after we were seated.

The Paint Bar set up

before we got our paint and aprons, we made a quick stop at the bar.   Beer, wine and snacks are available for purchase. They are not a bar, but offer an assortment of popular wine (purchased by the glass) and bottled beer for your enjoyment while painting.  You can also bring in food if you like, but you can not BYOB and if you do, you’re breaking the law.  So just buy it there.  Besides, they sell Shipyard Pumpkin – what else could you need?


Anyhow, after we got our drinks, it was time to go get our paint.

There was a chart on the wall that specified exactly what colors we were using and how much of each we needed.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that.


We each got a paper plate to put our paints on and all we had to do was pump what we needed onto them.

Getting our paint

After we bought our drinks, grabbed aprons and got our paints, we were ready and very excited to get started.


Our instructor for the night was Breanna and she was awesome.  As you can see, she wore a microphone so that everyone was able to hear her instructions. She was so funny & just really had a great personality.  She really made the whole experience fun and totally stress free.


She started out with a blank canvas like everyone else and painted right along with us so that she could show us exactly what to do.  She also drew it onto a pad on the wall for the people in the back so that everyone could see.

After she gave us a step, we had plenty of time to complete it and she walked around the studio to make sure we were all doing ok and help if anyone needed it.


At one point during the night we had to take a “dry break” to allow some of the paint to dry before we painted over it.  The break was only about 15 minutes, which gave everyone time to grab another drink or snack and/or use the restroom.  The entire process took a little over two hours.

Painting in Process

I kid you not, the instructions were so easy to follow and Chris and I had a blast painting that night.  For two people that don’t consider themselves to be “artsy” people, I think we did alright:


Evening session arrival is at 6:30 pm and painting begins promptly at 7 pm. Afternoon arrival is at 1:30 pm and painting begins promptly at 2:00 pm. The pre-painting half hour gives you time to register, find a seat, get your paint and/or a drink and relax a little before the painting begins.

The Paint Bar has two locations:

1. 823 Washington Street in Newtonville

2. 248 Newbury Street in Boston

The price ranges from $25 to $45 depending on the time and day of the week.  If you’re interested in booking a class, you can check the calendars for both locations at and see what’s coming up.

And be sure to keep up with The Paint Bar on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  163 Responses to “Date Night at The Paint Bar”

  1. My painting has 7 mathatical symbols hidden anyone care to guess?

  2. So Chris hid mathatical symbols. I see a times, division and a zero. Could one of those stars be a minus sign? Other than that… forget it. I hate math.

  3. I did one of these and it was great fun! I loved how everyone’s picture had its own style.

  4. Looks super fun! I missed the art gene too, one of my sisters is good at it and my Mother does painting on wood, and a quilting and is very artistic. I never was too much.

    That looks great with the instructions step by step. I would like to do that sometime

    both of yours came out really good 🙂

  5. That sounds really fun. I have always wanted to try one of these places. Your paintings came out great.

  6. Looked like so much fun and must admit I too sadly have no artistic ability either. Kevin is the artist here, but still looked like you did a great job 😉

  7. That looks so fun! I wish they’d open something like that near me. I love how your pieces came out close but not exactly the same. Too fun!

  8. what a cool idea!! I would totally do this. I am beginning to consider moving to Boston…. 🙂

  9. That sounds like the perfect date. I had no idea you were an artist and that it was your major. You amaze me!

  10. I love these type places. There are several around here. I went to Paint Nite a few months back as a Moms Night Out. Definitely a fun night out. I can’t wait to go as a date night with my hubby!

  11. Woooow…it’s awesomeee…you two are certainly talented! Love to go to they have it here in NYC as well? Brilliant idea indeed…

  12. Painting is something that I have never been good at. I do like the step by step instructions, though. I need to see if there is something similar in our area. Sounds like fun!

  13. Your paintings are very good for not being a painter. I will have to check if there are places that do this near me – It would be a fun evening out with friends.

  14. I have always wanted to go to something like this! We have a painting class bar in a mall nearby. Looks like lots of fun too.You did an amazing job!!

  15. I like the picture of the two of you at the end. 🙂 It sounds like an awesome day and event, and your paintings came out great!

  16. HOW FUN!!! I wish we had something like that here! I know quite a few people who would enjoy doing something like this!

  17. This looks like an awesome place to go for date night! So much fun and I love your paintings. For not being artsy people, the paintings (especially yours) are spectacular! I’m definitely going to check this out!

  18. Great job on your paintings! I’ve recently taken some painting lessons and I really love it.

  19. I would absolutely love to have something like this to go to! I always wanted to be an artist but like you can barely draw a stick person! This is such a great idea! I hope the build more locations (like South Carolina). I’m still going to pin this because when I visit this area I am so in! Painting + wine=heaven!!!!

  20. There’s a similar place here now in the Philippines. My friend has been inviting me to come and try it. I’ve never tried painting but for sure this one’s enticing!

  21. I honestly cannot draw a stick figure.. i have no talent at all.. Your skylines are really top notch!

  22. That is so cool! I don’t think we have a place like that here. I like how your painting turned out. Now I want to take those canvases out of the basement, and start painting.

  23. This sounds like a perfect date night~I wish I could get my hubby to partake with me <3

  24. I love to paint and this has been one of my ideal dates. I find this kind of date artistically romantic. Sweet!

  25. Wow, those are awesome! I don’t have one artistic gene in my body but would love to try this!

  26. I keep hearing good things about places like this! My brother and his wife went to one and loved it.

  27. I have been wanting to try one of these for years! It looks like so much fun, no matter how great you are at art. Such a perfect, out of the ordinary date night. – Katy

  28. I have always wanted to do that. It seems like so much fun,

  29. What a great idea for date night! After several years of being married, traditional dates are kind of… meh. This is REALLY cool though.

  30. What a fun idea! I’m always trying to think of fun things for date night with my hubby.

  31. One day when I visit Boston, I hope you’ll go to the Paint Bar with me. This looks like so much fun!

  32. I love these places and have been wanting to try one out but don’t think there are any in the Miami area 🙁 Your painting came out great!

  33. We have places like that in Philly. Kts so much fun. Even unartistic types can make a great painting.

  34. This looks like so much fun, and is definitely something me and the other half would do. I keep trying to look for a local deal on Groupon! When we are in the area next time I’ll be sure to check them out!

  35. I have always wanted to do something like that. I was an artist eons ago, but now I can’t even draw a dog these days. So, I can definitely use an art class like this! And, like you said, it’s perfect date night idea.


  36. Your artwork turned out Ok. It paints a really nice city at night with the bright moon.

  37. I really love the idea of a paint bar. It’s certainly a great date night. I can see a night like that full of laughter at each other’s paintings and fumblings through it.

  38. Wow this is actually a fun date night idea!!! And those painting looks amazing! I need to make a trip to Boston since I live 90mins away to try this!!

  39. The Paint Bar looks like so much fun! I would love to do this with my Hubby 🙂

  40. This is a really unique date night idea. I know my husband though, this is SO not his kind of thing but I totally want to do this with some girlfriends!! P.S. My mother was artistic too, and the gene totally skipped over me!!!

  41. This looks like an amazing date night. A break from dinner and a movie, I would love to do this with my husband one day. Your paintings came out great!

  42. That looks like a ton of fun. I don’t know if my husband would want to come paint with me though. 🙁 Not his thing, but definitely mine!

  43. This is on my (very) short list of things I want to do ASAP. I think it just sounds like so much fun. With the girls or for date night!

  44. Oh what a lovely idea for date night – it is so different, love how your painting turned out 🙂 x

  45. That looks fun. Even though I am artistically challenged, you make it sound so easy, maybe I would try it!

  46. This sounds like a pretty awesome date night idea! We haven’t had a date night in what seems like forever. I’d love to find a place like The Paint Bar in my area!

  47. Art gene definitively did not skip you! That came out amazing. Good job. I think you were fishing for compliments hehehe

  48. First of all you and your hubby are SO CUTE!!! I’m so glad to see you got to have a really fun date!! This is really neat, and a really cool idea. I wish there was something like that here – I should check, I would give anything to do something like this. Totally out of the norm and would be really fun!

  49. I have always wanted to try the painting bar. I know a lot of my friend who have went in groups of girls. What a good idea to turn it into a date night! I don’t know if I could convince my husband to go though- he’s not much of an artist!

  50. What a unique experience – I would love to try this out!

  51. Aww!! You two look so cute with your paintings! I would love to do a date night like this. You have inspired me to look a little closer and see what I can find here in my own city!

  52. I tried to get my wife to go to one of these places with me, but she’s embarrassed by her artistic skills.

  53. Oh I’ve GOT to take my husband to a place like this. I can already feel myself getting ready to laugh.

  54. I need to move closer to you, you have such cool things in your area. And both of you did a FANTASTIC job! How fun.

  55. So cool. The experience seemed like much fun. I would love to do that.

  56. what a fun date night, and the drinks makes it even easier to paint.

  57. What a great idea for date night! I love to paint, my husband does not.. I need to see if they have one of these near me!

  58. So cool! I didn’t know such a place existed. I love the idea of doing this as a couple.

  59. This is so fun! I love that you were able to do something like this as a couple. You both did a pretty good job (much better than I would)!

  60. How cool. What an amazing experience. Looks like you had such fun.

  61. This looks like so much fun. I’d love to drag my husband to this. If nothing else, we’d have a laugh critiquing each other!

  62. This looks like so much fun. That would make a great date night. 🙂

  63. My friends keep trying to get me to do this, but I can’t paint. Not even a little. I’m pretty sure even paint by number is too advanced for me.

  64. This sounds like a great time! I’d love to take my husband to this. It’s such a unique way to bond with your loved one.

  65. I’ve never been to one of these, but I sure would like to go just once to see if I like it. I know hubby wouldn’t even go, but my SIL might. hmmmmm

  66. This looks like so much fun. My husband WILL be accompanying me to something like this soon… whether he wants to or not! =D

  67. What a GREAT idea! That looks like so much fun!!

  68. This looks like a fun idea for date night. There’s a place like this around our house that my daughter and her husband have been thinking about checking out.

  69. WOW! Looks like so much fun! Definitely one to think about!

  70. What a fun date night! I have gone to one painting class similar to this! I had so much fun! This looks like a great place!

  71. Great idea! Now, I know where I’m spending my 2nd wedding Anniversary in MA. I love to paint and I’m not artsy but love it anyway. This looks totally fun and think we both will enjoy this. Thanks

  72. I did this with my mom one time. It was so much fun!

  73. Paint Bar? Sounds like such a neat idea. I would to do something like this with my daughter!

  74. I love it!!! When I lived in IA there was a place to paint pottery, but they didn’t have wine and beer! I sooo wish we had something like this here! (love the hidden calc symbols, haha)

  75. I have been dying to try this out. It looks awesome.

  76. What a great Date night. And you go home with your paintings! WIN! Also these would make great gifts for your parents or grand parents. Double WIN!

  77. What a great way to reconnect and have a blast with your partner… the drink-factor is also pretty awesome. thanks for sharing

  78. Aw, what a great time you must of had. They have a place like that here in Orlando that I would love to try with my husband. Looks like so much fun and relaxing.

  79. I love your paintings. What a great idea for a date night.

  80. oh that looks like so much fun. If i could actually draw anything I would totally try it. My 2 year old is better than me lol.

  81. What a fun couple activity. The painting looks great.

  82. I have seen Meetups for paint bars, It looks like you had a great time.

  83. Y’all are so cute!!! Looks like it was a great time 🙂 I’ve been trying to get my hubby to paint pottery with me for years…maybe this would appeal to him more?!

  84. You did AWESOME! What a fun place to go on a date or girls’ night out!

  85. Wow that’s a great idea for a bar, its different than anything I have ever seen…

  86. Are you kidding me? yours turned out amazing!! His too! I couldn’t come anywhere near that 🙂

  87. This is such a unique and fun date night idea. You guys look so cute together 🙂

  88. This is such a great place to have date night. I love how beautiful your paintings both came out.

  89. I’ve never been to a place like this before, I’d love to give it a try!

  90. Ive seen these places showcased all over, looks like such fun!!

  91. such a fun date night! I keep seeing these on groupon and want to do it, was going to do a girls night, but you guys look so cute, I may be making it into a date night 🙂

  92. Wow you both did a great job! Sounds like a great place to go!

  93. We have something like that near us. It looks like SO much fun! You’re really making me want to plan a date night now!!!

  94. WOW! Great job both of you and what a fun date night.

  95. What a fun idea for date night! I would love if they had something like that in my town.

  96. This looks like so much fun! They need something like that here! Your painting looks great!

  97. Wow great work you guys did. What talent you have.

  98. that is so cool. Great way to bond. we have a couple places like that here i Katy, TX. One even has wine involved

  99. I would love to go to a place like this! It looks like so much fun.

  100. This looks like so much fun! I would love to do something like this with my husband.

  101. This sounds like so much fun! Love your paintings!

  102. I’ve heard of these. Looks like you had a great time! Love how you came up with two completely different interpretations of the same piece. I’ll have to check to see if a paint bar is near me. Wonderful date night idea!

  103. I’ve seen a handful of people share photos of this type of place. I really want to go seems right up my alley. Thanks for sharing your experience

  104. I started the post thinking painting — I could never do that. WOW though, this would be so fun to have a teacher showing you step-by-step! Great date idea!

  105. They just opened a place like this up in my area, I have been dying to try it out! This post is totally helping!

  106. Awe very cool date night idea! I love the paintings you did!

  107. That looks like so much. If only I could get my husband to go.

  108. I wonder if I could get the hubs to do something like this? It looks fun!

  109. Aren’t you guys cute?!?! I did that with girlfriends. I would love to go with the hubs.

  110. Newberry Street is one of my favorite streets in Boston. I am going to have to check this place out the next time we go to Boston. This looks like so much fun!

  111. This sounds like an awesome get-away from the kids. I’d totally love this!

  112. That looks like a really fun date night! Your picture looks amazing too. 🙂

  113. What fun! I wish we had a Paint Bar near us! And both of your paintings turned out beautifully!

  114. That is a great picture of the two of you. 🙂 I think your paintings came out awesome. Glad you guys had a fun date night at the Paint Bar!

  115. You both did an amazing job. Those pictures are awesome! Now I want to go there. =)

  116. We have a few of these (not the exact same, but similar concept) near us. I’d love to get there too.. I can draw trees, sunsets, hearts, and stars.

  117. I wonder if I can find one here like that. That’s a great date night although I’d have to drag hubby along 🙂

  118. I love painting classes like this! What a great date night idea! I love your pictures on Insta!

  119. How much fun is that! I love the self serve paint bar.

  120. I’ve done this before and LOVED IT!! Now that I’ve moved, I need to find a place around me that offers this. It’s such a fun date night or girls night.

  121. I would love to do this for sure. Painting is a hobby of mine. I would love to go it would be so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

  122. OMGosh love that date! I think you did better than just ok 🙂

  123. I have been super curious about these places. Thanks for the inside look. I seen a few of the math symbols I think I see pi maybe but I am not sure. Could be my imagination.

  124. This sounds like a really fun date night. Both of your paintings came out great.

  125. This looks great for a date night or girls night out! Thanks for sharing

  126. My aunt does this with her friends and I have a girlfriend who does this with her mother. It looks like so much fun! I totally want to give it a try.

  127. This looks like soo much fun! I want to try this with my friends.

  128. How much fun is this?!?! I would love to do something like this on a date with my husband. Thanks so much for sharing your night out with us.

  129. What a smart thing to do… and skipped artsy gene? Please! you have it in you. Look at that painting. 🙂

  130. What a cute date night! I want to go painting with my hubby too. Might have to just book it 🙂

  131. This is such a great idea for a date night! I’ve heard about these too, my friend did it for her bachlorette party too.

  132. How fun! I love the picture you painted too!

  133. That looks like soo much fun! I’d definitely love to do this!

  134. This is a great review! I am going to one at the end of next month. Super excited for it now.

  135. This looks like such a fun experience! Your painting came out fabulous too!~ Looks like you have a lot of talent!!

  136. What a unique date night. That’s definitely something you will always remember. 🙂

  137. So, totally talking the hubster into this… It looks like so much fun!

  138. I love painting places like this! Its so fun to have it all laid out for you and to both do something that takes you out of the usual routine! You guys did a great job!

  139. That is SO cool! I would love to do something like this!

  140. Sounds like a great way to bond. Looked like a good time!

  141. This is amazing! I want to do this with my husband!

  142. I’d never heard of a paint bar before but this looks like a lot of fun. While I don’t think I can really paint it looks so expressive. Sounds like something even married “old (as my kids call us) couples” would enjoy doing just to do something different.

  143. That looks like SO much fun! I’m not much of an artist, but I’ve always wanted to be, this looks fun and easy. I will have to see if they have one in my area!

  144. You are quite the artist!!! I do this with the girls from my book club, but they have it at a restaurant or bar. Hubby jokes that we have to start an art gallery because I just keep bringing home more poorly done art pieces 🙂

  145. These paint and drink events are popping up all over around here. I really want to go to one. Looks like so much fun.

  146. Gorgeous paintings! Looks like you had a fun night 🙂

  147. What an awesome date night idea! Super affordable too!

  148. What a great idea! I love your paintings, this looks so fun

  149. And where will you be hanging your masterpieces? Looked like a lot of fun.

  150. Your pictures came out great. I am not good at art when it comes to drawing freehand. I think this would be a lot of fun, especially with my daughter who wants to be an artist.

  151. I can’t paint to save my soul but that looks like an interesting class. Your paintings turned out nicely.

  152. I have zero artistic ability but that looks like fun 🙂