Fried Chicken, Mulled Cider, and More Snow Day Specials Around Boston

Dig out on March 14 to visit a neighborhood spot that's #OpeninBos.

Bisq fried chicken

Bisq fried chicken. / Photo provided

“Working from home” again? Or maybe, your employer officially shut down office activities today, as the Boston area braces for a messy mix of snow, sleet, and rapid winds. Either way, it’s time for a few dollar oysters, a heaping helping of fried chicken, and a spiked hot chocolate or mug of mulled cider.

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, spiked with whiskey, and freshly baked cookies. Closer to the South End? There, the snow day brings a spicy tequila cocktail special, as well as a complimentary hot chocolate bar with all the fixings.

Opens at 4 p.m., 1700 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-8900, Brookline, 525 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-2600,


The regular dinner menu will be slightly abbreviated, but there will be $1 oysters, and a house-made, barbecue sausage roll on special for $6, complete with a side of potato salad.

Opens at 5:30 p.m., 118 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-7700,


Chef Alex Saenz has introduced addictive fried chicken on his new menu here, and he’s reprising his Sunday special of three pieces of chicken and fries for $15. He’ll also whip up a few different, $2 dipping sauces. Snacks from the regular menu, like $1 oysters, baby back ribs, N’awlins shrimp toast, Brussels sprouts, and more will also be available.

Opens at 5:30 p.m., 1071 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge,

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,

Snow Day hot chocolate at Burro Bar in Brookline

Snow Day hot chocolate at Burro Bar in Brookline. / Photo provided

Burro Bar Brookline

Hot chocolate is fine and all, but spiked hot chocolate is better. At this 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,

The Butcher Shop

Cozy up with a mug of mulled cider and a bowl of Swedish meatballs. The winter warmer is on special for $16 at this Eurocentic spot tonight.

Open all day, 552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800,

Coppa meatball grinder. / Photo via Facebook

Coppa meatball grinder. / Photo via Facebook


Love this meatball grinder? It’s only $16, paired with a Narragansett tallboy, all day today.

Opens at noon, 253 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston, 617-391-0902,

Craigie on Main

Chef Tony Maws typically dishes out whatever he feels like during the longstanding Sunday night Chef’s Whim. But for the snowstorm, improvised six- or four-course menus are on the table ($57 / $45) all night. His coveted Craigie burger is also available at the bar, until the patties are sold out.

Opens at 5:30 p.m., 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511,


Stuck in Brighton? At Devlin’s, you’ll find $1 oysters, a $5 taco plate, and margarita specials.

Open all day, 332 Washington St., Brighton, 617-779-8822,

Tom & Jerry at No. 9 Park

Tom & Jerry. / Photo provided


The snow is sticking, which means Barbara Lynch’s cocktail bar is whipping up the classic Tom & Jerry cocktail.

Opens at 4 p.m., 348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-695-1806,

Kings Back Bay

Forget sledding—let’s go bowling. Starting at 9 p.m., there’s $2 bowling, $2 billiards, $2 shuffleboard, and $2 skee-ball. Plus, pizza and apps are half-priced from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m.-close.

Opens at 4 p.m., 50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, plus Dedham, Lynnfield, and Burlington locations,

Kirkland Tap & Trotter

In addition to chef Tony Maws’ full dinner menu, burgers are just $10 tonight, or $15 accompanied by a can of beer.

Opens at 5:30 p.m., 425 Washington St., Somerville, 857-259-6585,

La Brasa

Late on Friday and Saturday nights, chef Daniel Bojorquez uses his wood-fired oven to char up fluffy pizza pies. In honor of the blizzard, 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,

Grilled Spanish octopus at Lion's Tail

Grilled Spanish octopus at Lion’s Tail. / Photo by Mike Diskin provided

Lion’s Tail

Small bites and shared plates are half-priced until 8 p.m.

Opens at 5 p.m., 354 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-239-9276,

Little Donkey

Cozy up at the bar with hot buttered rum, a special courtesy of beverage director Vikram Hegde.

Open all day, 505 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-945-1008,

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Get out of the snow—this Southie spot is opening early today (albeit with a limited menu) for your snow day revelry needs.

Opens at noon, 412 W, Broadway, South Boston, 617-917-5626,


Not only is it a snow day, it’s also Pi Day. That means there are extra flavors in the case from star pastry chef Rachel Sundet—chocolate tahini swirl, strawberry apple, Meyer lemon sour cream, and more.

Open all day, One Kendall Square, 15 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-958-3354,


Executive chef Mark McMann is dishing out walnut, pistachio, and date ma’amoul cookies and Moroccan tea with each order.

Opens at 5 p.m., 243 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7448,

No. 9 Park

Instead of the typical snow day Tom & Jerry (you can still get your fix at Drink), Barbara Lynch’s intimate flagship is whipping up hot buttered bourbon, hot toddies, and Irish coffee tonight.

Opens at 5 p.m., 9 Park St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-742-9991,

The Painted Burro

Nachos loaded with chorizo, guacamole, pork charro beans, cabbage and jalapeño slaw, jalapeños, tres quesos, baja cream, and chipotle mayo are half-priced at $7 tonight.

Opens at 5 p.m., 219 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, 617-776-0005,


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,

Puritan & Co.

Puritan & Co. / Photo provided

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,


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,


It’s a skeleton crew at Meghann Ward and Kevin Walsh’s Fenway spot, but they’re still dishing out Neopolitan ’za and bar bites until 9 p.m.

Opens at 4 p.m., 69 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 617-421-4470,

Tavern Road

Not only are lamb chili and hot buttered rum on special today, but chef and owner Louis DiBiccari is offering 15 percent off for City of Boston employees who have been out plowing snow all day. Plus, the blizzard falls on #TikiTuesday, so bar manager Tenzin Samdo is whipping up tiki drinks from 5 p.m. onward into the night.

Open all day, 343 Congress St., Boston, 617-790-0808,

Tiger Mama

Hole up here for rich ramen and a fun menu of snacks and drinks.

Opens at 5 p.m., 1363 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-MAMA (6262),


In addition to co-chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s full menu, there are two warming specials tonight: Suquet, a shrimp, octopus, and romesco dumpling with a spicy Catalan broth; and morcilla shepherd’s pie with blood sausage, winesap apple, and Idiazabal cheese.

Opens at 5:30 p.m., 1704 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-536-4300,

Oysters at Waypoint at $1 in honor of tonight's snow storm

Oysters at Waypoint at $1 in honor of tonight’s snow storm. / Photo provided


In addition to the regular menu, chef Michael Scelfo and team are shucking $1 oysters all night long in honor of the blizzard.

1030 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-864-2300,