Adults ONLY Entertainment

There are days when you just want to be with adults and enjoy adult pleasures — even if it’s just to feel like a kid again — playing games, laughing with friends or exploring your creative side. Here are a few places around the Valley we recommend for those seeking to escape the grind and relax a little.

The Clubhouse Golf & Entertainment

Let the games begin!

With a solid selection of craft beers, including local brews, as well as cocktails, The Clubhouse is an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy adult beverages while playing games. The Clubhouse isn’t just a place to touch up your swing on its PGA Tour aboutGolf simulators. The entertainment complex in Middleton also offers bankshot shuffleboard, billiards, cornhole, darts and foosball on professional-length tables.

They’ll host your child’s birthday party here, too, but not after 8 p.m. At that time, the game room is strictly 21-plus and only for children at heart. No food is served, but it’s easy enough to have it delivered.

Middleton’s The Clubhouse offers more than just golf. Beer, billiards and bankshot shuffleboard await. Photo by Lisa Cranshaw.


Cab Calloway plays on the Victrola and the Moscow mules are served chilled in copper cups at this Nashua, N.H., “speakeasy.” Enjoy Codex if you can figure out how to get inside — you’ll have to solve a puzzle first.

Since September 2015, Codex has proved to be more than just a theme bar, and its gastropub fare has attracted a loyal following. But it’s the cocktails that make it visit-worthy. The Hemingway daiquiri will have you seeing hills like white elephants, and the “Corpse Reviver #2,” a drink made with absinthe and fresh lemon juice, might have you seeing Van Gogh under starry, starry skies. Now that Codex features live ragtime and stride piano by pianist Phil DeVille most Friday and Saturday nights, the atmosphere is complete. If you go, don’t be afraid to wear your best bowler hat and shine your walking cane. Blending in is part of the fun.

In the shadows of Codex lie hidden objects. Poet Walt Whitman gazes dreamily out into its clandestine heart, replete with books, antique clocks and Prohibition-era treasures. Photo by Kevin Harkins.

Painting with a Twist

The concept is simple: You provide the drinks and food, and the people at Painting with a Twist provide the rest. That includes painting supplies, skilled instruction and an inviting environment. Co-owners Danielle “Dee” Dellovo and Sherri Foresta say the space has become popular for bachelorette parties and corporate functions since opening in March. Although Painting with a Twist is a national franchise, the North Andover site is locally owned.

Located at the Mills in North Andover, it’s BYOB, and don’t forget the ice. Even the most novice artist experiences the changes that come from getting in touch with one’s creative side. Without noticing it, students put away the smartphones and start laughing and talking with each other. While they do have family classes, evening classes are typically for those 18 and older, and they’ll supply the apron, brushes and instruction. Most events involve additional parlor games, and participants either bring food with them or order takeout from multiple area locations.

Dellovo and Foresta are sisters-in-law. Foresta has a background in special education and has worked as a paralegal. Dellovo studied graphic arts before joining a then-unknown tech company called Despite the later success of that company, she missed being part of the arts community and longed for more of what she calls “emotional currency.” At one point, the two decided to work together in search of this currency. That led to their discovery of Painting with a Twist.

The company was started by two Louisiana women following Hurricane Katrina. The idea of a safe, friendly “paint and sip” venue took off and became popular as an alternative to bars. The idea caught on with our Southern neighbors but is just starting to take root in the Merrimack Valley.

Feeling like you need to toss the smartphone and get in touch with your creative side? Relax with painting and pinot at North Andover’s Painting With a Twist. Photo by Kevin Harkins.

The Clubhouse Golf & Entertainment
Middleton, Mass.

(978) 539-8725

Nashua, N.H.

(603) 864-0115

Painting with a Twist
North Andover, Mass.

(978) 291-5827


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