Five Pop-Up Bars That Make This Winter in Boston Less Terrible
Find hot drinks, wearable furs, cozy blankets, and more at these cool spots.
Winter in Boston can be tough, even when we’re not on the tail-end of a record-tying cold snap. Thankfully, temperatures are on the rise—and so are fun, themed bars. From beer halls by beloved breweries, to alpine-style lodges, a Game of Thrones bar, and more, these pop-up spots are heating things up in January and in some cases, into February, March, and even later into the season. For the first time maybe ever, we might even welcome a long winter.
Note: Like everything in Boston during the winter, these pop-up bars are weather-permitting. Make sure to call ahead or check social media if the weather is inclement.
Trillium Garden at the Substation
After a successful run on the Greenway during the summer and fall, this beloved brewery has popped up in Roslindale for the winter. The so-called Garden at the Substation has drafts including Pom Pom Milk Stout, Citra Free Rise Saison, Puny Partridge Pale Ale, and more Trillium brews, plus occasional food offerings from the likes of Moody’s Deli, and Redd’s in Rozzie. Sweden’s acclaimed brewery Omnipollo even did a tap takeover there back in December, so follow @TrilliumGarden on Twitter to hear about other events as the season continues. It’s open Wednesday-Sunday until further notice.
4228 Washington St., Roslindale, trilliumbrewing.com.
Rooftop Igloos at the Lookout
Even though it’s dark and cold, the Envoy Hotel still has picturesque views of Boston Harbor from its seven-story roof deck—and there are a half-dozen “igloos” from which to enjoy them. Master mixologist Brian McDougall has a menu of specialty cocktails on the menu in the heated huts, which are open for walk-in guests on Wednesday-Saturday nights through April 16. Up to 10 people can fit inside each igloo, and each one is stocked with fleece blankets for extra coziness. (There’s no food available in the igloos—if you want dinner, check out the ground-level, indoor Outlook Kitchen & Bar).
70 Sleeper St., Seaport, Boston, 617-530-1559, theenvoyhotel.com.
The Wachusett Brew Yard at Boston Winter
The holiday shopping chalets at Boston Winter are gone for the season, but during the months of January and February, City Hall Plaza’s quirky skating path is joined by a pop-up beer garden from Wachusett Brewing Co. A new, heated hospitality area dubbed the Uber Lodge is now open seven days a week, featuring a wintertime redux of the Central Mass. brewery’s popular Airstream bar. The Uber Lodge has beer hall-style seating and large-screen TVs showing playoff football, plus live entertainment plans in the works (stay in the loop with @CHP_Boston on Twitter). Food trucks and other pop-ups will happen regularly, while Wachusett is serving up eight drafts, including the Pats-appropriate Bella-Czech Pils, and the New England-style IPA Wally Juice. It’s open until February 25, from 5-9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. on Fridays; noon-11 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon-7 p.m. on Sundays.
The Lodge at Publico
Warm up like you’ve been on the slopes all day at this lodge-style lounge. The year-round atrium at this South Boston restaurant has its retractable roof solidly shut, with fire pits roaring and alcoves cozy with oversized flannel blankets and plush pillows. Details like faux mounted animal heads and vintage winter sports gear will keep the Alpine vibes going—guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress like they’ve been on the slopes. Executive chef Keenan Langlois has created a lodge-inspired menu with snacks like grilled Vermont “shredder” and cheese soup; White Mountain pizza with a Parmesan cream sauce and broccoli rabe; and Triple Diamond Slope sliders. Co-owner and beverage director Teodora Bakardzhieva has hot cocktails at the ready, as well as non-alcoholic, “bunny slope” cocoa. The Lodge at Publico is open every Friday and Saturday night through March. Reservations are recommended.
11 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617-622-5700, publicoboston.com.
Winter Is Coming at Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Game of Thrones fans will appreciate this patio pop-up, debuting Tuesday, Jan. 9 with themed drinks nightly throughout the rest of January. Costumes and attire inspired by the Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenarys Targaryan, and other residents of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Essos are encouraged, though the space is complete with wearable furs and other décor. Libations including the Brewery Ommegang “Winter Is Here” Belgian-style double white ale in a collectible bottle; hot mulled wine—aka the Red Wedding—with a collectible glassware option; and more inspired cocktails.
154 Berkley St., Boston, 617-532-3827, precinctkitchenandbar.com.