The Best Snow Day Dining Deals in Boston
Dollar oysters, toasty cocktails, and more snow day dining deals make inclement weather a little more bearable.
Bostonians are no strangers to snow days–we lace-up our Bean boots, grab a hot (or iced) coffee from Dunks, and we’re out the door to brave whatever subzero temperatures and icy roads the next Snowpocalyse throws our way. It takes a lot to keep us snowed in, and our bars and restaurants share that same New England mentality.
When major snow events enter the forecast, the following restaurants and bars plan to not only keep their doors open but also serve up specialty fare to make your trek out into the snow worthwhile. From $1 dumplings to a drink aptly named the “Parking Ban Can,” these neighborhood spots are dishing out snow day specials that make brutal Boston winters a little more bearable.
Be sure to check out your spot’s social media to confirm hours and openings before you head out into the cold—weather can, of course, change even the best laid plans. And if you do venture out in inclement weather, be safe and smart. Enjoy your snow day!
At chef Barbara Lynch’s modern South End oyster bar, you can get a half-order of calamari for just $5 every time the snow sticks on Tremont Street.
550 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-423-0550, bandgoysters.com.
Grab a friend and enjoy two-for-one pulled pork sliders anytime three or more inches of snow falls, or there’s a parking ban in effect in South Boston.
170 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-766-8955, backyardbettys.com.
Banyan Bar + Refuge
While the snow piles up outside, Banyan will be dishing out $1 pork and leek dumplings all day long.
553 Tremont St., Boston, 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Sweeten your snow day with a toasty treat. Whether it’s a fully loaded hot chocolate bar, steaming hot cider, or freshly baked cookies, both local locations of this Spanish wine bar promise a warm-you-from-the-inside-out special during every snowstorm.
1700 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-264-8900, 525 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-266-2600, barcelonawinebar.com.
Bistro du Midi
Enjoy inclement-weather specials while watching the snow fall on the Boston Public Garden. Chef Robert Sisca will offer Scituate lobster poutine with Gruyère cheese and vanilla-infused lobster “gravy” for $23; and a white sturgeon caviar flatbread with bacon, crème fraiche, fingerling potato, and oyster crackers for $23, during any snow emergency throughout the winter.
272 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen
Strap on your snowshoes and head over to this Charlestown tavern for 25-cent wings any time there’s a parking ban in the neighborhood.
1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, 617-580-8166, blackmoorbar.com.
Enjoy $1 wings all day during any snowstorm at either location of this urban American steakhouse.
1375 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-227-5011, 52 Temple Pl., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-982-7130, bostonchops.com.
Craving a taste of summer? Coppa is serving up pasta specials paired with sauce made from tomatoes they jarred last summer, available exclusively on snow days.
253 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.
Dorchester Brewing Co.
Bar snacks will 50 percent off all day at this Dorchester taproom anytime there’s a parking ban in Boston.
1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, Boston, 617-514-0900, dorchesterbrewing.com.
Come in from the cold to this Fort Point cocktail bar and warm up with a Tom & Jerry, a boozy eggnog cocktail available whenever the snow sticks.
348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-695-1806, drinkfortpoint.com.
Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge
Empire is shaking up a $15 cocktail sure to distract you from any winter blues. Created with all the flavors of an island getaway and served in a tiki glass, the Fuji Snow drink will bring back feeling to your frozen fingers—and memories of warmer days.
1 Marina Park Dr., Boston, 617-295-0001, empireboston.com.
Whenever it snows, be sure to check out this Fenway spot’s social media to see if the weather’s bad enough for the $1 oyster snow emergency special.
1321 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-545-1060, eventideoysterco.com.
At this Cambridge bistro, owner and general manager Stan Hilbert breaks out some quirky wines every snow day to pair with a special $39 three-course prix fixe, served in addition to the regular menu.
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, 617-576-5444, foragecambridge.com.
Cozy up with one of your favorite childhood comfort foods when you spend your snow day at The Gallows. Anytime it snows 3 inches or more, this South End gastropub will satisfy your nostalgic cravings with a $14 grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.
1395 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-425-0200, thegallowsboston.com.
During every snow emergency, in addition to the regular menu this contemporary Harvard Square pub will offer $1 oysters all day—as well as the specials typically reserved for the late-night menu.
1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0400, graftonstreetcambridge.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
Anytime there’s a winter storm advisory in effect, you can dine on snow specials here, courtesy of executive chef Peter Agostinelli. Escape the cold and enjoy a special crab cake sandwich for $21, or loaded tots for $17.
161 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.
If the T is still running, make your way to Harvard, where chef Tyler Kinnett is whipping up a $16 beef patty melt special. Served on an English muffin with mushroom béchamel, caramelized onions, American cheese, and pickled jalapeño, this decadent dish is worth braving subzero temperatures for.
44 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
The Hourly Oyster House
Bite into a half-priced burger, and share all-day late-night specials with friends as you wait out the storm at this Harvard Square spot.
15 Dunster St., Cambridge, 617-765-2342, thehourlycambridge.com.
Joe’s American Bar & Grill
Warm up at this Newbury Street locale with free coffee all day long.
181 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-536-4200, joesamerican.com.
Kings Dining and Entertainment
If you’re tired of spending your snow day on the couch, check out either Boston location of this entertainment mecca for a round of bowling or arcade games, plus snow-day deals like a $3.99 duo of Buffalo chicken tacos, $6.99 Kings White Russians, and 32oz. mugs of Bud Light for $8.99.
50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-266-2695, 60 Seaport Blvd. Suite 225, Seaport, Boston, 617-401-0025, kings-de.com.
Thaw out with a hot rendition of a house cocktail called Sage 5 Clinger. The drink is guaranteed to warm you from inside out with bourbon, Italian amaro, star anise, sage, lemon, and just a spritz of absinthe. Find it on the menu and be sure to ask your bartender to “make it hot.”
505 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-945-1008, littledonkeybos.com.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Every time there’s a parking ban in Southie, this taqueria and oyster bar will be serving up their cleverly named “Parking Ban Can,” a $5 rotating cocktail served in—you guessed it—a can.
412 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-917-5626, locosouthboston.com.
This modern Japanese pub won’t let a little snow close its doors, embracing the weather with a “snow storm menu for neighbors.” The menu features a seasonal bento box for $29; a warming bowl of ramen with pork belly ($14) or udon with short rib ($18), and assorted sashimi for $19, among other specials from chef Chris Chung.
1128 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7328, mominonmi.com.
No. 9 Park
When the snow sticks, you can get toasty with a classic Tom & Jerry in No. 9’s Beacon Hill bar room.
9 Park St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-742-9991, no9park.com.
When the schools are closed for a snow day, bring the kids over to this North Cambridge café for a small Taza hot chocolate, free for kids under 12.
156 Rindge Ave., Cambridge, 617-902-0764, nocaprovisions.com.
Olde Magoun’s Saloon
Anytime the snowfall elicits a parking ban in Somerville, this local watering hole will be serving up 25 cent wings. Get ’em before they’re gone!
518 Medford St., Somerville, 617-776-2600, magounssaloon.com.
PARK Restaurant & Bar
As you wait for the snow to melt, treat yourself to half-priced patty melts and all-day late-night specials.
59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851, parkcambridge.com.
Warm up by the fireplace in this contemporary tavern and take advantage of executive chef Nick Deutmeyer’s snow special. It’s a crispy beer-braised pork knuckle, served with homemade apple cider mustard and priced at $18
406 Stuart St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-399-0015, post390restaurant.com.
Puritan & Co.
More than three inches of snow on the ground? Head over to this Inman Square spot for dinner and fill up on a $35 three-course storm menu, which includes a select appetizer, entrée, and dessert from chef Will Gilson.
1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Bundle up and head over to Red Lantern for sushi pizza by-the-slice, and an aptly named maki special, the Snow Mountain Roll—a shrimp tempura and cucumber roll topped with snow crab and coconut tofu sauce.
39 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-262-3900, redlanternboston.com.
Russell House Tavern
Enjoy $1 oysters and late-night specials all day long at this Cambridge spot.
14 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-500-3055, russellhousecambridge.com.
The Smoke Shop
As a snow emergency special, chef Andy Husbands is offering free mac and cheese balls with any whiskey or sandwich purchase at all three locations of this barbecue joint.
343 Congress St., Seaport, Boston, 617-261-7427, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-577-7427, 325 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-623-7427, thesmokeshopbbq.com.
Watch the snow fall on Newbury Street and warm up with the “Snowed in at Sonsie” soup and cider special, featuring hot apple cider and a bowl of the bistro’s award-winning clam chowder for just $12.
327 Newbury St., Boston, 617-351-2500, sonsieboston.com.
Snow days mean “all you can meatball” at this South End bacaro. A bottomless order of polpette is just $4 during any snow emergency.
569 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-536-9500, srvboston.com.
State Street Provisions
This Long Wharf locale is shucking $1 oysters and serving its usual late-night specials throughout the snow day.
255 State St., Boston, 617-863-8363, statestreetprovisions.com.
In addition to serving their late-night specials from open to close, this Cambridge tavern will offer half-priced pizzas to commemorate the storm.
1688 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5055, templebarcambridge.com.