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.
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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 oysters to snow day prix-fixe menus, these neighborhood spots are dishing out specials and dining deals 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 the snow!
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. Alongside the summer-state-of-mind special of Monday and Tuesday night New England clambakes happening all winter long, there will also be a $10 bowl of lobster bisque ready for you anytime the snow sticks.
550 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-423-0550, bandgoysters.com.
Back Bay Social
Whenever it snows, treat yourself to a complimentary cup of butternut squash or mushroom soup at this Boylston Street spot. You’ll also find mulled wine on special all day and night long.
867 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-247-3200, backbaysocialclub.com.
Banyan Bar + Refuge
While the snow piles up outside to six or more inches, Banyan will extend its daily, 4-6 p.m. $1 dumpling deal to last all day long.
553 Tremont St., Boston, 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com.
Bistro du Midi
Enjoy inclement-weather specials while watching the snow fall on the Boston Public Garden. During any snow emergency throughout the winter, chef Robert Sisca is dishing out duck poutine for $21; a barbecue octopus flatbread with crispy Brussels sprouts and blood orange for $19; and a warm brownie special with hazelnuts, crème fraiche, and an accompanying mug of hot chocolate for $8.
272 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Dream about the return of baseball season with a view of the snow-covered field while enjoying half-priced apps at the bar during snow days.
82A Lansdowne St., Fenway/Kenmore, bleacherbarboston.com
The lounge at Downtown Crossing’s new Moxy Hotel by Marriott is serving up half-priced flatbreads during snow days.
240 Tremont St., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-793 4200, moxy-hotels.marriott.com.
The Butcher Shop
Every time the snow sticks, the protein pros of the Barbara Lynch Collective are braising up short ribs in a new and hearty way (think: braised short rib with pommes puree, confit baby carrots, and carrot top salsa verde).
552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.
Casa Caña Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
You’ll warm right up at this Allston spot inspired by the “Havana high life:” Casa Caña is setting up a hot chocolate bar during snow events.
1234 Soldiers Field Rd., Allston, 617-415-5402, casacanaboston.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.
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.
Head to this Southie sushi and cocktail bar for special seasonal sips to accompany your snow day. In December, they will be $11 takes on festive holiday cheer: the White Christmas Margarita, with coconut milk and a red sugar rim; and the Mistletoe Martini, which spices up vodka with elderflower, cranberry, and mint leaves.
118 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617-766-3450, fatbabysouthboston.com.
Swap your boots for candlepin-friendly bowling shoes: During snow emergencies, games are free all day on a first-come, first-served basis at these Boston Landing lanes.
76 Guest St., Brighton, 617-903-4595, bowlbrighton.com.
Flour Bakery and Café
Got the Flour Bakery rewards app? Claim your $5, one-day-only, in-store credit any time it snows more than six inches.
1595 Washington St., South End, 617-267-4300; 190 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-2525; and six more locations, flourbakery.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 6 inches or more, this South End gastropub will satisfy your nostalgic cravings with a $5 bowl of mac and cheese.
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.
Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina
Snowy days have a lights-out drink special at this new Hub on Causeway joint: Whenever it snows, you’ll find Mexican hot coffee on the menu. The $12 cinnamon-spiced sipper is spiked with Kahlua and tequila, and topped with whipped cream.
110 Causeway St., West End, Boston, 617-896-5222, guyscocina.com.
Cozy up at this Beacon Hill pub during snow storms for a $7 grilled cheese and tomato soup special.
316 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill, 617-523-2727, harvardgardens.com.
The Hourly Oyster House
Bite into a half-priced burger, and share all-day late-night specials with friends as you wait out all snow emergencies at this Harvard Square spot.
15 Dunster St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-765-2342, thehourlycambridge.com.
Loretta’s Last Call
Perhaps two-stepping at this Fenway honky tonk will warm you up. Failing that, don’t miss the complimentary hot chocolate bar, which will be set up all day (noon-10 p.m.) during snow events. (Note that it’ll be an extra charge to spike your cocoa.)
1 Lansdowne St., Fenway/Kenmore, Boston, 617-421-9595, lorettaslastcall.com.
Fort Pointers can ski right up to this neighborhood favorite, where appetizers are half-priced at the bar during snow days.
355 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-357-582, luckyslounge.com.
This modern Japanese pub won’t let a little snow close its doors on its Cambridge neighbors. Look for soul-warming snow storm specials, like a $17 Wagyu beef dan dan-style rice bowl $17, alongside chef Chris Chung’s regular menu.
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.
North Square Oyster Bar
Cozy up at this 10-seat, North End wine bar for $1 oysters whenever it snows.
5 N Square, North End, Boston, 617-829-4975, northsquareoyster.com.
PARK Restaurant & Bar
As you wait for the storm to pass during all snow emergencies, treat yourself to half-priced patty melts and all-day late-night specials.
59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851, parkcambridge.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 $39 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.
At this new Back Bay boîte and café, snow brings complimentary treats: Enjoy a gratis cup of drip coffee with the purchase of a sandwich in the café, and a complimentary cup of French onion soup with the purchase of any entrée in the lounge.
900 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-247-0400, rochambeauboston.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.
Watch the snow fall on Newbury Street and warm up with a brick oven pizza, which are priced at $10 all day and night night during events.
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, until they run out.
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.
Chef Sarah Wade is harkening back to snow days of our childhoods: Stacks of pancakes topped with ever-changing toppings are on special during every snow event at her new, downtown comfort food den.
120 Kingston St., Chinatown/Leather District, Boston, 617-936-3079, stillwaterboston.com.
Both the Cambridge and Boston locations serve up free cups of chef Jasper White’s clam chowder to anybody seated at the bar during snow days.
50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, summershackrestaurant.com.
In addition to serving their late-night specials from open to close, this Cambridge tavern will offer a $10 pizza-and-PBR deal to commemorate the storm.
1688 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5055, templebarcambridge.com.
Usually an off-menu item you must be in the know to order (hint, hint), street corn off the cob comes for free with any food or beverage purchase during snow emergencies only.
1704 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com.