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The Eater Boston Winter 2020 Dining Headquarters: What's #OpenInBOS?

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Winter has held off as long as it could — and the calendar says it’s not technically here yet — but with the first hints of snow hitting Boston this week, it’s time for the reemergence of the annual Eater Boston Winter Dining Headquarters. This guide is here to help you find food in the event of a Nor’easter or Snowpocalypse or even a light dusting that somehow manages to shut down the city. It also contains other winter-friendly dining and drinking information, directing you to the city’s best hot chocolate, holiday season pop-ups, and more.

Here’s how this guide works: During major weekday storms, when numerous restaurants are altering their usual operating hours or closing altogether, the Eater Boston team will be frequently updating the #OpenInBOS and Confirmed Closures sections below to reflect what’s open and what’s not. Is your restaurant missing? Please email boston@eater.com with your hours, address, and any other pertinent snow day details, and you’ll be added to the list as quickly as possible. (Look for an announcement on Twitter on days that this section will be active, and note that we will only be able to make updates from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.)

Other sections of the guide are updated periodically throughout the winter to let you know about things like weather-related specials, such as restaurants offering free hot chocolate when the temperature dips below freezing (restaurants, use that same email address above to submit details about your specials); recommended cold-weather dining; and other information to get you through the season well-fed.

Be safe, tip kindly, and perhaps eat some ramen.

Originally published on January 17, 2019. This piece is updated frequently throughout the winter, and the date of the most recent update appears above.


#OpenInBOS

During major weekday storms, this section is actively updated throughout the day. Restaurants, email your storm day plans to boston@eater.com to be included.

Eater is not currently tracking information for a specific day, so the restaurants that currently appear here have said that they never close for storms (or, in some cases, only close in the rare event that the T shuts down).

Boston Proper

  • Abe & Louie’s (793 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): Open during storms and serving the regular menu — and there’s a fireplace.
  • Alcove (50 Lovejoy Wharf, West End, Boston): Always open during storms, with regular hours.
  • Atlantic Fish Co. (761 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): Open during storms and typically serving its daily dishes and fresh catch menu, along with snow specials. (Last year, there was king crab mac and cheese.)
  • Avery Bar and Artisan Bistro (The Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avery St., Downtown Crossing): Always open regardless of the weather. “The lounge’s suspended marble fireplace, which offers some amazing heat, is always crackling and welcoming guests as they come through the hotel’s front door,” says bartender Sterling Jackson.
  • Bartaco (25 Thomson Pl., Seaport District, Boston): “Come enjoy tacos rain, snow, or shine,” according to a Bartaco rep in December 2019. Open regular hours in any weather.
  • Beantown Pub (100 Tremont St., Downtown Crossing, Boston): “Snow doesn’t scare us, we never close down!”
  • B&G Oysters (550 Tremont St., South End, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • Bostonia Public House (131 State St., Downtown Boston): “We hardly ever shut down during a storm,” the restaurant told Eater during winter 2018-2019. “We have once in four years being open.”
  • Brassica Kitchen (3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): “Whatever the weather, we’re always open.”
  • Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen (190 N. Beacon St., Brighton, Boston): Planning to remain open on all snow days.
  • The Butcher Shop (552 Tremont St., South End, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • Club Lounge (Yotel Boston, 65 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; never closes for storms.
  • Drink (348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • Durty Nelly’s (108 Blackstone St., Downtown Boston): “We never close and always there to warm the weary traveler.”
  • Eastern Standard (528 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston): Open regular hours during storms.
  • El Pelón Taqueria (2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, Boston; 92 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston): Both locations plan to stay open throughout any winter storms.
  • Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grille (Hilton Downtown, 89 Broad St., Downtown Boston): Open from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. during all inclement weather, taking walk-ins and reservations as well as providing room service within the hotel.
  • The Friendly Toast (35 Stanhope St., Back Bay, Boston): Always open during winter weather, along with all its sibling locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • Galway House (710 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): “True story several years ago during a big don’t drive storm I closed early to get my employees home at maybe midnight. Next day someone came in told me they walked up there in the heavy snow only to find us closed. I promised then to NEVER close early again during a storm that people really do count on us to be here...So if you gotta get out we are here.”
  • The Haven (2 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): “Despite millennial slacker attempts at sabotage the Haven has consistently remained open throughout every major snow storm 2010-2018. We...have free wifi and amazing winter drinks.”
  • The Hawthorne (500A Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston): Open regular hours during storms.
  • The Irish Village (224 Market St, Brighton, Boston): Stays open for storms.
  • Joe’s American Bar & Grill (181 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston): Never closes for storms.
  • Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant (425 W. Broadway, South Boston): Count on Lincoln to stay open during any snowstorm unless the power is out or water’s coming through the ceiling.
  • Luke’s Lobster (75 Exeter St., Back Bay; 53 Northern Ave., Seaport District; 290 Washington St., Downtown Crossing): Always stays open during storms and typically offers a special (usually a free small clam chowder with purchase of a lobster roll).
  • Magnolia Bakery (200 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Downtown Boston): Plans to remain open during storms.
  • Menton (354 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • Miel Brasserie (The Intercontinental, 510 Atlantic Ave., Waterfront, Boston): Always open regardless of the weather.
  • Monument Restaurant & Tavern (251 Main St., Charlestown, Boston): Always open during snowstorms. “We love a snow day!”
  • Neptune Oyster (63 Salem St., North End, Boston): As long as the T is running, Neptune Oyster stays open. Regular lunch/dinner hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday), with raw bar items available until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Friday and Saturday).
  • No. 9 Park (9 Park St., Beacon Hill, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • Oak Long Bar + Kitchen (Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., Back Bay, Boston): Never closes for storms, and since it’s in a hotel, it serves all meals. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
  • Pazza on Porter (107 Porter St., East Boston): Stays open during almost all snowstorms and typically serves its full menu.
  • Shabu-Zen (80 Brighton Ave., Allston; 16 Tyler St., Chinatown, Boston): Both locations remain open during storms as long as the T is running.
  • Southern Proper (600 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston): Plans to stay open during storms.
  • Sportello (348 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston): All Barbara Lynch Collective restaurants stay open for storms, unless the T shuts down.
  • State Street Provisions (255 State St., Waterfront, Boston): Open during storms and offering its normal late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Stillwater (120 Kingston St., downtown Boston): Open during storms and featuring pancakes.
  • Waterline (Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St., Downtown Boston): Always open during storms.
  • Whaling in Oklahoma (647 Tremont St., South End, Boston): Plans to be 100% open during all storms.

Cambridge and Somerville

  • The Abbey (1755 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge): Open in all storms, typically 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Alden & Harlow (40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Never closes for storms and generally offers some storm-inspired specials.
  • The Automatic (50 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge): Intends to stay open through all blizzards (keep an eye out for games, patio snowmen, hot drinks, and other specials.) “Neighborhood hangouts are the absolute best in snowstorms — it’s awesome to get everyone together,” co-owner Dave Cagle said during winter 2018-2019.
  • Bambara (Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge): “We are always open for sure,” said chef David Bazirgan in December 2019. “We don’t limit the menu, and we also have a huge brandy selection which is nice to cap off dinner and stay cozy.”
  • Benedetto (Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Only closes if the T shuts down.
  • Bukowski Tavern (1281 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): Stays open during almost all snowstorms and typically serves its full menu.
  • Café du Pays (233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Kendall Square, Cambridge): “It snows in Canada too! Mon dieu! We are open unless the staff can’t get to work! (i.e. T shutdown, travel ban)”
  • Craigie on Main (853 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge): Craigie doesn’t close for storms. As chef-owner Tony Maws said during winter 2018-2019: “We are fortunate to have enough local staff who can come in and actually want to come in during these crazy storms. There’s a whole lot of stories and great food and drink — it’s what neighborhood restaurants do!”
  • The Friendly Toast (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge): Always open during winter weather, along with all its sibling locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • Giulia (1682 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard/Porter Square, Cambridge): Only closes if the T shuts down.
  • Grafton Street (1230 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during storms and offering its normal late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • The Hourly Oyster House (15 Dunster St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during storms and offering its usual late-night special, half-priced burgers, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Mamaleh’s (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge): “Come in for some matzah ball soup! We are open unless the staff can’t get to work! (i.e. T shutdown, travel ban)”
  • Momi Nonmi (1128 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): Stays open for normal hours during storms, serving the regular menu along with a few specials.
  • Park Restaurant & Bar (59 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during storms and offering its usual late-night special, half-priced patty melts, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Parsnip (91 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during snowstorms and serving the regular menu. There’s a fireplace in the dining room.
  • Restaurant Dante (40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge): As long as staff can safely get to work, Restaurant Dante remains open during storms, serving the full menu and, while supplies last, complimentary mugs of hot chocolate after dinner.
  • Russell House Tavern (14 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during storms and offering its usual late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • State Park (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge): The bar is open even in the event of a travel ban.
  • Temple Bar (1688 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge): Open during storms and offering a PBR and pizza for $10 whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Trina’s Starlite Lounge (3 Beacon St., Somerville): “Virtually never closes,” per beverage director Isaac Sussman in December 2019.

Elsewhere

  • The Abbey (1657 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline): Open in all storms, typically 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Common Ground (319 Broadway, Arlington): Always stays open for storms.
  • The Friendly Toast (75 Middlesex Tpke., Burlington, Massachusetts; 86 St. Paul St., Burlington, Vermont; 113 Congress St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire; 4 Main St., Bedford, New Hampshire): Always open during winter weather, along with its sibling locations in Boston and Cambridge.
  • Il Casale (50 Leonard St., Belmont; 1727 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington): As long as staff can safely get to work, both Il Casale locations remain open during storms, serving the full menu and, while supplies last, complimentary biscotti with an order of coffee or tea.
  • Matadora (Hilton Boston/Woburn, 2 Forbes Rd., Woburn): Open daily for breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; never closes for storms.
  • Moldova (344 Watertown St., Newton): Open regular hours during any snowstorm.
  • The Wellington (75 Leonard St., Belmont): As long as staff can safely get to work, the Wellington remains open during storms, serving the full menu and, while supplies last, complimentary mugs of hot mulled cider.

Confirmed Closures

During major storms, this section is actively updated throughout the day. Restaurants, email your storm day plans to boston@eater.com to be included. (Eater is not currently tracking information for a specific day.)

Check back during a major storm.


Ongoing Cold-Weather Specials

Some restaurants offer winter-long but weather-dependent specials, e.g. free hot chocolate if the temperature drops below freezing. Restaurants, email your details to boston@eater.com to be included. Note: Inclusion in this section doesn’t necessarily mean that the restaurant is open on a major storm day; consult the lists above or the restaurant’s social media channels to make sure.

  • Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): Whenever there is a winter storm advisory, Bistro du Midi is offering several snow day specials: barbecue octopus flatbread ($19) with baby Brussels and blood orange; duck poutine ($21) with fried cheese curds, piquillo peppers, and sage gravy; and 70% Valrhona hot chocolate with hazelnuts, creme fraiche, an optional boozy shot, and a warm brownie.
  • Grafton Street (1230 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Offering its normal late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Grill 23 & Bar (161 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston): During snow emergencies, two specials are available — crispy crab cake sliders for $23 (Dijonaise, frisee, toasted brioche, Old Bay fries) and loaded tots for $17 (tots with cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon, and green onions).
  • The Hourly Oyster House (15 Dunster St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Offering its usual late-night special, half-priced burgers, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Il Casale (50 Leonard St., Belmont; 1727 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington): During storms, Il Casale serves complimentary biscotti with an order of coffee or tea, while supplies last.
  • Luke’s Lobster (75 Exeter St., Back Bay; 53 Northern Ave., Seaport District; 290 Washington St., Downtown Crossing): Always stays open during storms and typically offers a snow day special (usually a free small clam chowder with purchase of a lobster roll).
  • Park Restaurant & Bar (59 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Offering its usual late-night special, half-priced patty melts, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Puritan & Co. (1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): Whenever it snows more than three inches in Boston, Puritan & Co. offers a special three-course menu (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for $39.
  • Rebel’s Guild (Revere Boston Common Hotel, 200 Stuart St., downtown Boston): When it is actively snowing, customers can get a free bowl of clam chowder, and there’s free hot chocolate for the kids. For $15, adults can get a s’mores hot chocolate cocktail (Biscoff, Taza hot chocolate, Grey Goose Vanilla, torched Fluff)
  • Restaurant Dante (40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge): During storms, Restaurant Dante serves complimentary mugs of hot chocolate after dinner, while supplies last.
  • Russell House Tavern (14 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Open during storms and Offering its usual late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • State Street Provisions (255 State St., Waterfront, Boston): Offering its normal late-night special, dollar oysters, whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • Temple Bar (1688 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge): Offering a PBR and pizza for $10 whenever a snow emergency is declared.
  • The Wellington (75 Leonard St., Belmont): During snowstorms, the Wellington serves complimentary mugs of hot mulled cider while supplies last.

Stay tuned for more 2020 deals.


2019-2020 Winter and Holiday Pop-ups

Rooftop igloos, ski lodge-inspired courtyards, outdoor beer gardens, Christmas tiki bars, and more.

See also: Special lunches and afternoon teas for the 2019 holiday season

The Anchor
1 Shipyard Pk., Charlestown, Boston
December 13-15 and December 20-22, 2019

Charlestown’s beer and wine garden the Anchor — new this year — will reopen for a couple of weekends of holiday festivities (complete with heat lamps and blankets): music and dance, art, menorah and tree lightings, holiday films, photos with Santa, a market, and more. The usual beer and wine selection will be joined by mulled wine, sangria, tea, coffee, and a hot cocoa and cider bar. Plus: s’mores, waffles, and more.

Beachbum Berry Presents: Sippin’ Santa
Shore Leave, 11 Wiliam E. Mullins Way, South End, Boston
November 26 - December 31, 2019

Part of the same family of pop-up holiday bars as Miracle (see below), Sippin’ Santa also serves up holiday-themed cocktails, decor, and vibes, but with a tiki spin. Just head to Shore Leave at any point in December to experience Sippin’ Santa. Reservations available via Resy.

Eataly Boston Holiday Market
Eataly Boston, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston
December 2, 2019 - January 4, 2019

Eataly’s already full of gift-y items, from Italian food products to books, wine, and more. But for the holidays, the mega-market has set aside space on the mezzanine (near the wine store) for an even easier-to-navigate holiday market, full of gift boxes and a million types of panettone, among other items. (Daily panettone tastings will begin at noon.) The market will feature a cocktail and wine bar for drinking while shopping.

Friends Pop-Up
401 Park, Fenway, Boston
November 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Celebrate the classic television show’s 25th anniversary at “The One With the Pop-Up.” It features memorabilia and recreations of props, including a working Central Perk where you can eat and drink themed items.

Holiday Movie Pop-Up
Precinct Kitchen & Bar, 154 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston
December 2 - 28, 2019

From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily, the Precinct will celebrate holiday movies on its patio and at the bar with themed decor, drinks, and food. Ugly sweaters and festive attire are encouraged. Attendees can order a Grinch-themed green cocktail, Elf-inspired spaghetti and meatballs, and lots more.

Island Creek Oysters Caviar (and More) Retail Pop-Up
299 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston
December 2 - 31, 2019

Island Creek is back for a second year with its Newbury Street retail pop-up. Operating daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the shop is focused on caviar, featuring single-origin American paddlefish roe, white sturgeon, and Osetra. There’s also plenty of oyster-related merch, including t-shirts, hoodies, pins, vintage oyster plates, shucking knives, and gift cards to Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34.

“It’s Lit” by All Day Hospitality
Ciao Bella, 5 North Sq., North End, Boston (and others)
November 22, 2019 - mid-January 2020

Along with sister restaurants North Square Oyster Bar, Tony & Elaine’s, Ward 8, and Bodega Canal, Ciao Bella is getting decked out in holiday decor. It will be featuring a variety of special champagnes and flights throughout the season, as well as a few new weekly promos, including dollar oyster Mondays (in Ciao Bella’s adjacent North Square Oyster Bar), “cheap date night” Tuesdays (dinner for two for $49, including a bottle of Chianti, an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert), and all-you-can-eat spaghetti Wednesdays (with one meatball per order, $10).

Catch over-the-top holiday decor at the group’s other restaurants as well, and look for seasonal cocktail specials (like spiked eggnog and hot drinks) at Ward 8 and Bodega Canal.

The Lodge at Publico
Publico Street Bistro & Garden, 11 Dorchester St., South Boston
December 5, 2019 - March 2020

Publico is turning its open-air atrium (with a retractable roof) into a winter lodge through March. It’ll be open starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, featuring a special menu (pulled pork grilled cheese, pepperoni pizza, and more) and cocktails, including several hot ones. There will also be a shot ski and thematic decor, including a vintage ski chair and throw blankets. Keep an eye out for giveaways and special events.

Maccabee Bar
Backbar, 7 Sanborn Ct., Union Square, Somerville
December 16 - 29, 2019

The Hannukah-themed Maccabee Bar pops up for its second year, this time at Backbar, featuring bartender Naomi Levy’s creations, such as the Hebrew Hammer (vodka, “leavened” sugar, lemon, and raspberry) and the kugel-inspired Have a Ball (cognac, cinnamon, and creme fraiche). There will also be snacks, like latkes. Backbar opens daily at 4 p.m., and the pop-up will be running every day from December 16 through December 29 except for December 24 and 25. Levy will be onsite on the Mondays (December 16 and 23).

Miracle Pop-Up
Kimpton Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge
Mystic Station, 139 Pleasant St., Malden
Still & Stir, 90 Commercial St., Worcester
November 29 - December 24, 2019

The New York-based, Christmas-themed Miracle pop-up bar once again has residencies in Cambridge, Malden, and Worcester this year, featuring holiday cocktails and festive decor.

Kimpton Marlowe: There will also be snacks available from the hotel’s Bamabara restaurant. Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily (midnight on Friday and Saturday nights) in the hotel’s Lobby Bar space. Email info@bambara-cambridge.com to inquire about booking private events between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Mystic Station: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. No reservations.

Still & Stir: Open 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. No reservations.

Patio Igloos
Lock 50, 50 Water St., Worcester
Fall and winter 2019 - 2020

Lock 50’s outdoor patio features heated igloos available on a first come, first served basis (no cover) for dinner or drinks. While dinner reservations for patios aren’t accepted, groups can rent an igloo for up to two hours at $50 per hour, with a $50 credit card deposit required. Call (508) 379-3400 for more information.

Rooftop Igloos
Lookout at the Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St., Seaport District, Boston
Now open for the season

The Envoy Hotel has brought its popular illuminated, heated igloos back once again for all your winter rooftop cocktail needs. New this year: a heated enclosure on the roof and a small bites menu. Igloos are available on a first come, first served basis, or by reservation in two-hour intervals with a $500 drink minimum (they can each seat 10 people.)

Winter Lodge and Holiday Market
The Canteen, 225 Commercial St., Provincetown
November 29 - December 29, 2019

The Canteen is continuing its holiday market and pop-up restaurant this year, with festivities spanning its indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant portion (the Winter Lodge) includes several heated and holiday-themed dining rooms serving grilled sausages, pierogi, Swedish meatballs, fried cheese curds, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and more, operating on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

On Saturdays and Sundays, 25 local vendors gather in the backyard to sell a variety of goods, and there’s also a “mini-chalet” serving raclette, pretzels, baked goods, and more. Shoppers and diners can huddle under blankets and gather around a fire pit.


Recommended Winter Dining and Drinking

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