Dollar Oysters, Discounted Bubbly, and More Snow Day Specials Around Boston
Sure, you’re “working from home.” Or maybe, your employer officially shut down office activities today, as the Boston area braces for a foot-plus of white stuff. Either way, it’s time for a few dollar oysters, a giant plate of hearty pasta, and a couple pints or glasses of wine.
If you’re thinking about snowshoeing to your neighborhood go-to, remember to check its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to confirm your spot is open. The following restaurants and bars plan to be open today, and are heating things up with snow day deals.
Know of other fun snow-inspired specials? Email us to share the details.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Both local locations of this Spanish spot will open this evening. In Brookline, you’ll find specials on hot cider, kale and potato soup, and chocolate chip cookies. Closer to the South End? There, the snow day brings tomato soup, special spicy tequila drinks, and a DIY hot chocolate bar with all the fixings.
Open at 4 p.m., 1700 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-8900, Brookline, 525 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-2600, barcelonawinebar.com.
Bistro du Midi
Tonight, you’ll find a Snow Day du Midi menu, alongside a warming special: Provençal lamb cannelloni with tomato, lamb neck, and gruyère, plus a glass of 2015Rhône Valley grenache/syrah from Secret de Campane, Camille Cayran, is just $19.
Open all day, dinner special starts at 5 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Chef Alex Saenz has introduced addictive fried chicken on his new menu here, and just for the Nor’Easter, he’s pairing it with specially selected bottles of bubbly for $9-$15.
Opens at 5:30 p.m., 1071 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, bisqcambridge.com.
The Blue Ox
Stuck north of the city? Do not despair. A half-portion of chef Matt O’Neil’s famous rigatoni bolognese comes free tonight with a glass of 2014 Montepulciano from Cantine Mucci, Santo Stefano, in Abruzzo, Italy. The warming pour is specially priced at $15.
Opens at 5 p.m., 191 Oxford St., Lynn, 781-780-5722, theblueoxlynn.com.
Bukowski Tavern (Cambridge)
Hole up here with a beer or cocktail, and chef Brian Poe will send out a gratis frank with Boston baked beans alongside your beverage purchase.
Opens at 4 p.m., 1281 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-497-7077, bukowskitavern.net.
Burro Bar Brookline
Hot chocolate is fine and all, but spiked hot chocolate is better. At this brand-new spot, the $12 special is laced with Cimarrón Reposado Tequila and Lazzaroni amaretto, and topped with Pirouette wafer straw and horchata whipped cream.
Opens at 5 p.m., 1665 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline, burrobarbrookline.com.
The Butcher Shop
Cozy up with a mug of mulled wine and a bowl of Swedish meatballs. The traditional winter warmer is on special for $16 at this Eurocentic spot tonight.
Open all day, 552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.
Of course the fireplace is roaring. Plus, bar manager Kevin Mabry is whipping up a special White (Winter) Negroni, with Citadelle Gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, and a twist of grapefruit, and pouring $5 Cisco Winter Shredders.
Opens at 5 p.m., 443 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.
City Tap House
Show off your snowman-building skills during the inaugural Fort Point Snowman Contest, which this new spot is hosting today from 2-4 p.m. The winner will get a $25 gift card. After that, you’ll certainly need a Snow Day Warmer ($10), a boozy mug of Stoli Vanil, Frangelico, Molly’s Irish Cream, Aztec chocolate bitters, and Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, topped with whipped cream.
Open all day, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Fort Point, Boston, 617-904-2748, boston.citytap.com.
Everything on the lunch menu at Coppersmith Cafe, which is available until 3 p.m., is 30 percent off when there are three or more inches of snow on the ground. The restaurant and bar is open all night, too.
Open all day, 40 W 3rd St., South Boston, 617-658-3452, coppersmithboston.com.
It’s business as usual here, but that also means it’s “appy hour” at the bar from 2:30-6 p.m. with $1 oysters, bruschetta, and arancini.
Open at 2:30 p.m., Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200, restaurantdante.com.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
It’s not just snow but any sub-freezing weather that brings out this cold weather special. Prove to the bartender that it’s below 32 degrees, and you’ll be presented with a complimentary order of this spot’s signature spring rolls in flavors like Philly cheesesteak, chicken parm, buffalo chicken, and more.
Open all day, 75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-357-4810, davios.com.
The snow is sticking, which means Barbara Lynch’s cocktail bar is whipping up the classic Tom & Jerry cocktail. So is the Gruppo’s Beacon Hill flagship, No. 9 Park.
Opens at 4 p.m., 348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.
Kings Back Bay
Forget sledding—let’s go bowling. The “snow bowl” special today is on between 3-6 p.m. and from 10 p.m.-close, featuring half-priced pizza and appetizers.
Open all day, 50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, kingsbowlamerica.com.
Late on Friday and Saturday nights, chef Daniel Bojorquez uses his wood-fired oven to char up fluffy pizza pies. In honor of the Nor’Easter, that special is available all night tonight. There are also $1 oysters from 5-6 p.m., like every night, and there’s free parking behind the restaurant.
Opens at 5 p.m., 124 Broadway, East Somerville, 617-764-1412, labrasasomerville.com.
Feeling fine? Have dinner at this Back Bay institution, where the team is popping bottles for a complimentary glass of bubbles for all guests during the storm.
Open all day, 774 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-3023, lespalier.com.
This snowy evening is the perfect time to check out Ink Block’s newest cocktail bar: Small bites and shared plates are half price until the snow stops—if you know the password. The password is “scofflaw!” You’re welcome.
Opens at 5 p.m., 354 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-239-9276, lionstailboston.com.
No. 9 Park
The snow is sticking, which means Barbara Lynch’s intimate flagship is whipping up the classic Tom & Jerry cocktail. So is the Gruppo’s cocktail bar, Drink.
Opens at 5 p.m., 9 Park St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-742-9991, no9park.com.
The Painted Burro
Today’s tequila flight special—one ounce each of Suerte Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo for $21—officially celebrates a brand-new check-in app, but we’ll allow it. The app tracks your check-ins and tallies them up for prizes, like free churros, a make-your-own margarita kit, and even a trip to Mexico.
Opens at 5 p.m., 219 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, 617-776-0005, thepaintedburro.com.
During any snowstorm, find the entire bar menu for half-price at this waterfront spot.
Open all day, 1 8th St., Charlestown, 617-337-0054, pier6boston.com.
Four wood-fired favorites—margherita, marinara, pepperoni, and risotto pizza—are all $12 today.
Opens at 5:30 p.m., 187 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, 617-625-0600, postoboston.com.
Puritan & Company
Tonight and any time it snows more than three inches, chef Will Gilson devises a special, three-course storm menu for $35.
Opens at 5:30 p.m., 1166 Cambridge Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, puritancambridge.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar
Snow outside, tropical luau in here. The Big Kahuna, a Rosebud beef burger patty with kalua pork and grilled pineapple, is on special today for $14.95, alongside classic tiki drinks, until trivia begins at 9 p.m. tonight.
Opens at 5 p.m., 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.
Feast on all-you-can-eat meatballs in red sauce for just $4 during any snow emergency this winter.
Opens at 5 p.m., 569 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston, 617-536-9500, srvboston.com.
In addition to the regular menu, chef Michael Scelfo and team are shucking $1 oysters all night long in honor of the Nor’Easter.
1030 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-864-2300, waypointharvard.com.