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20 Giant Boston-Area Cocktails to Share With Friends

From scorpion bowls to Pimm’s cup pitchers

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A scorpion bowl at Golden Temple in Brookline
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Some people prefer to keep their cocktails to themselves, while others truly appreciate the joy of sharing a giant drink with friends. For those who enjoy sharing, here are some of the most fun Boston-area cocktails meant to be split among two or more drinkers, from classic Hong Kong and Kowloon scorpion bowls to State Park’s Tom Collins pitchers. Drink responsibly — and don’t let your eyebrows get too close to flaming rum.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kowloon Restaurant

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948 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-0077
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It’s a bit of a geographic outlier on this particular map, but Kowloon out in Saugus is a necessary inclusion. The decades-old kitchsy landmark is a palace of Tiki drinks, fountains, parties, and comedy, with a humongous menu of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food. You can even buy your own bowl for making giant cocktails at home.

Scorpion bowl at Kowloon
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2. Variety Bar

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 661-6507
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The newly opened Variety Bar is part of the Comedy Studio at Somerville’s Bow Market, supplying tasty beverages to those attending a show at the Studio as well as any other Bow Market goers wandering in. The two scorpion bowl options are priced at $20 and $24, with the former nodding to the Hong Kong classic (check that out elsewhere on this map) and made with “rums, juice, and nostalgia.” The latter adds cognac and orgeat. For anyone craving the fun of a scorpion bowl without the booze, there’s also the pseudoscorpion for $14 — citrus shrub, orgeat, and sparkling water.

A scorpion bowl at Variety Bar
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3. Highland Fried

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-4662
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It’s always a party at Inman Square’s home for Tiki drinks and fried chicken, Highland Fried. The restaurant’s scorpion bowl ($29), with the standard flaming center, promises to “rock ya like a hurricane.”

The scorpion bowl at Highland Fried
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4. Hong Kong

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1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-5311
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The Hong Kong is an experience. Open in Harvard Square since 1954 and at Faneuil Hall since 1988, the two family-run venues are a rite of passage for area college students and anyone else who likes karaoke, dancing, comedy, ultra-cheap Chinese-American appetizers, and — most importantly — scorpion bowls. (The Hong Kong even calls itself “home of the bowl.”) Curious about the ingredients? It’s “a secret family recipe of alcohol and juices.” Comes in a personal size, too.

Scorpion bowl at the Hong Kong
Hong Kong/Official Site

5. The Automatic

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50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5226
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Grab a friend and pretend it’s summer with the Miami Vice for two at the Automatic in Kendall Square. That’s the only large-format cocktail on the menu, but the rest of the drinks are just as fun. Try the mudslide, for example, which has a concise and accurate menu description of “frozen awesomeness.”

Miami Vice for Two at the Automatic
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6. State Park

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One Kendall Square Building 300 Lower Level
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 848-4355
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No scorpion bowls here, but this subterranean Kendall Square haven for fried chicken and games features a number of cocktails by the pitcher (available in two sizes, priced from $15 to $24 and from $30 to $48, as well as individual servings). Share a Pimm’s cup pitcher, a Tom Collins pitcher, and more.

State Park’s Pimm’s cup in individual and small pitcher sizes (large pitcher not pictured)
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7. Casa Caña

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1234 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 415-5402
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Allston’s newest rum bar features a couple four-person cocktails ($72). There’s the mambo Italiano (Bacardi Cuatro, Redemption Rye, Zucca, lemon, honey, bubbly, mint, blackberries) and the hotel nacional (Havana Club Classico, apricot, pineapple, lime, bubbly). Cozy up inside the brightly colored space on a cool night, or take advantage of nicer weather on the spacious courtyard patio.

A punch bowl at Casa Caña
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8. Howl at the Moon

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184 High St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 292-4695
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Sing and dance at this boisterous piano bar while drinking literal buckets of cocktails, including hurricanes, mai tais, mules, and more.

The adios mofo bucket at Howl at the Moon
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9. Yvonne's

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2 Winter Pl
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 267-0047
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Swanky Downtown Crossing cocktail den Yvonne’s serves four large-format classic cocktails ($95 apiece) meant for groups of four or more, including a Pimm’s cup and a paloma.

A large-format cocktail at Yvonne’s
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10. Scorpion Bar

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58 Seaport Blvd #200
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 322-0200
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It would be a bit of a missed opportunity if a club called Scorpion Bar didn’t serve scorpion bowls. Part of the Big Night Entertainment Group, the giant Seaport District nightclub and Mexican restaurant (and its siblings at Foxwoods and Patriot Place) serves three varieties ($55), including a giant margarita and a cocktail that combines Grey Goose and ginger beer with Lejay Blackcurrant Liqueur and sour. Two other Big Night Entertainment Group venues, Red Lantern and Empire, also serve a few oversized cocktails apiece, including the Samoan shipwreck at Red Lantern (Avion Silver, Bacardi Pineapple, lime, and fruit juices; $70) and the big kahuna at Empire (Grey Goose, watermelon punch, mint, and ginger; $72).

Scorpion bowl at Scorpion Bar Patriot Place
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11. Kings Dining & Entertainment

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60 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 401-0025
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Scorpion Bar isn’t the only Seaport destination for giant cocktails. Kings Dining & Entertainment, which features bowling and lots more, knows that pitchers of cocktails pair well with games. Kings keeps it simple with a selection of classics: sangria, mai tai, Moscow mule, mojito, or margarita ($20 to $36).

Cocktail pitchers at Kings
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12. Shōjō

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-7888
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In a wink to the tradition of “cold tea” — restaurants serving booze later than they’re supposed to by hiding it in a teapot — Shōjō serves up a cocktail called cold tea for two (during legal hours, of course) in a classic Chinese restaurant teapot and little cups ($20). It’s oolong tea-infused vodka, Peche de Vigne, oolong syrup, and lemon.

Cold tea for two at Shōjō
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13. Lolita Fort Point

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253 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 369-0931
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Order margaritas by the pitcher at Lolita — there are numerous flavors available, such as spicy cucumber and spiced apple, and prices range from $44 to $52.

Cocktail pitchers at Lolita
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14. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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At Ming Tsai’s Fort Point restaurant, diners can share four different cocktails with friends ($28 apiece), including the scorpion bowl-like dragon bowl, a painkiller, and more.

The dragon bowl at Blue Dragon
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15. Bootleg Special

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400 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 451-1800
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Dinner at Bootleg Special is already going to be sloppy — you’ll be digging into saucy, spicy seafood with your hands — so why not add a big, shareable bowl of booze to the mix? Two to four people can share the South End restaurant’s hurricane bowl (passion fruit and lemon rums, juices, and pomegranate liqueur) or the yellowhammer bowl (Kalani Coconut Rum, Effen Blood Orange Vodka, pineapple, El Dorado Spiced Rum).

A punch bowl at Bootleg Special
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16. Hojoko

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1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 670-0507
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O Ya’s funky younger Fenway sibling, Hojoko, is a great spot for a noisy group outing — share some karaage fried chicken, robata grilled chicken tails, and crispy nori tacos with your friends; try the wasabi roulette, if you dare; and wash it all down with one of the “for the band” drinks, which are filled with rum and built for parties of four or more. Prices range from $75 to $95, topping out with the royal waioli punch: Plantation O.F.T.D., Plantation Barbados Rum, guava, lemon, pineapple, cherry, almond, coconut, Angostura bitters, and champagne.

The royal waioli punch at Hojoko
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17. Banyan Bar + Refuge

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 556-4211
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Sharing is encouraged at Banyan — both in terms of the food, which touches on a variety of Asian cuisines, and the drinks. The scorpion bowl, in particular. A blend of rums, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, and curaçao, it’s meant for two to four drinkers.

Scorpion bowl at Banyan
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18. Backyard Betty's

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174 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 766-8955
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This recent addition to South Boston is inspired by summer cookouts. In the spirit of backyard get-togethers with family and friends, there are several big cocktails to share, including a boozy sweet tea, punch, and sangria.

Back porch sweet tea at Backyard Betty’s
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19. Golden Temple

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1651 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 277-9722
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If there’s one reliable genre of restaurants in which to find scorpion bowls, it’s old-school Chinese restaurants. The decades-old Golden Temple is no exception. The Brookline restaurant — which turns into a club on weekend nights — serves up a long list of boozy, fruity cocktails, including scorpion bowls (which also come in an individual size).

The scorpion bowl for one at Golden Temple is still pretty substantial
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

20. Fat Baby

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118 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 766-3450
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South Boston’s adorably named Fat Baby — which has ties to other neighborhood hot spots Lincoln Tavern and Capo — serves plenty of sushi, alongside a cocktail menu that includes a trio of jumbo drinks ($95 each). Chopsticks and stones, for example, combines sake, red wine, peach schnapps, triple sec, and apple and orange juices, while the Polynesian punch is a “rotating surprise.”

A large-format cocktail at Fat Bay
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1. Kowloon Restaurant

948 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
Scorpion bowl at Kowloon
Scotty C./Yelp

It’s a bit of a geographic outlier on this particular map, but Kowloon out in Saugus is a necessary inclusion. The decades-old kitchsy landmark is a palace of Tiki drinks, fountains, parties, and comedy, with a humongous menu of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food. You can even buy your own bowl for making giant cocktails at home.

948 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906

2. Variety Bar

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143
A scorpion bowl at Variety Bar
Variety Bar/Facebook

The newly opened Variety Bar is part of the Comedy Studio at Somerville’s Bow Market, supplying tasty beverages to those attending a show at the Studio as well as any other Bow Market goers wandering in. The two scorpion bowl options are priced at $20 and $24, with the former nodding to the Hong Kong classic (check that out elsewhere on this map) and made with “rums, juice, and nostalgia.” The latter adds cognac and orgeat. For anyone craving the fun of a scorpion bowl without the booze, there’s also the pseudoscorpion for $14 — citrus shrub, orgeat, and sparkling water.

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The scorpion bowl at Highland Fried
Vy H./Yelp

It’s always a party at Inman Square’s home for Tiki drinks and fried chicken, Highland Fried. The restaurant’s scorpion bowl ($29), with the standard flaming center, promises to “rock ya like a hurricane.”

1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Hong Kong

1238 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Scorpion bowl at the Hong Kong
Hong Kong/Official Site

The Hong Kong is an experience. Open in Harvard Square since 1954 and at Faneuil Hall since 1988, the two family-run venues are a rite of passage for area college students and anyone else who likes karaoke, dancing, comedy, ultra-cheap Chinese-American appetizers, and — most importantly — scorpion bowls. (The Hong Kong even calls itself “home of the bowl.”) Curious about the ingredients? It’s “a secret family recipe of alcohol and juices.” Comes in a personal size, too.

1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. The Automatic

50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Miami Vice for Two at the Automatic
The Automatic/Instagram

Grab a friend and pretend it’s summer with the Miami Vice for two at the Automatic in Kendall Square. That’s the only large-format cocktail on the menu, but the rest of the drinks are just as fun. Try the mudslide, for example, which has a concise and accurate menu description of “frozen awesomeness.”

50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. State Park

One Kendall Square Building 300 Lower Level, Cambridge, MA 02139
State Park’s Pimm’s cup in individual and small pitcher sizes (large pitcher not pictured)
State Park/Instagram

No scorpion bowls here, but this subterranean Kendall Square haven for fried chicken and games features a number of cocktails by the pitcher (available in two sizes, priced from $15 to $24 and from $30 to $48, as well as individual servings). Share a Pimm’s cup pitcher, a Tom Collins pitcher, and more.

One Kendall Square Building 300 Lower Level
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Casa Caña

1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02135
A punch bowl at Casa Caña
Casa Caña/Facebook

Allston’s newest rum bar features a couple four-person cocktails ($72). There’s the mambo Italiano (Bacardi Cuatro, Redemption Rye, Zucca, lemon, honey, bubbly, mint, blackberries) and the hotel nacional (Havana Club Classico, apricot, pineapple, lime, bubbly). Cozy up inside the brightly colored space on a cool night, or take advantage of nicer weather on the spacious courtyard patio.

1234 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02135

8. Howl at the Moon

184 High St, Boston, MA 02110
The adios mofo bucket at Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon/Facebook

Sing and dance at this boisterous piano bar while drinking literal buckets of cocktails, including hurricanes, mai tais, mules, and more.

184 High St
Boston, MA 02110

9. Yvonne's

2 Winter Pl, Boston, MA 02108
A large-format cocktail at Yvonne’s
Yvonne’s/Facebook

Swanky Downtown Crossing cocktail den Yvonne’s serves four large-format classic cocktails ($95 apiece) meant for groups of four or more, including a Pimm’s cup and a paloma.

2 Winter Pl
Boston, MA 02108

10. Scorpion Bar

58 Seaport Blvd #200, Boston, MA 02210
Scorpion bowl at Scorpion Bar Patriot Place
Scorpion Bar/Facebook

It would be a bit of a missed opportunity if a club called Scorpion Bar didn’t serve scorpion bowls. Part of the Big Night Entertainment Group, the giant Seaport District nightclub and Mexican restaurant (and its siblings at Foxwoods and Patriot Place) serves three varieties ($55), including a giant margarita and a cocktail that combines Grey Goose and ginger beer with Lejay Blackcurrant Liqueur and sour. Two other Big Night Entertainment Group venues, Red Lantern and Empire, also serve a few oversized cocktails apiece, including the Samoan shipwreck at Red Lantern (Avion Silver, Bacardi Pineapple, lime, and fruit juices; $70) and the big kahuna at Empire (Grey Goose, watermelon punch, mint, and ginger; $72).

58 Seaport Blvd #200
Boston, MA 02210

11. Kings Dining & Entertainment

60 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
Cocktail pitchers at Kings
Kings/Facebook

Scorpion Bar isn’t the only Seaport destination for giant cocktails. Kings Dining & Entertainment, which features bowling and lots more, knows that pitchers of cocktails pair well with games. Kings keeps it simple with a selection of classics: sangria, mai tai, Moscow mule, mojito, or margarita ($20 to $36).

60 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

12. Shōjō

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Cold tea for two at Shōjō
Mimi Y./Yelp

In a wink to the tradition of “cold tea” — restaurants serving booze later than they’re supposed to by hiding it in a teapot — Shōjō serves up a cocktail called cold tea for two (during legal hours, of course) in a classic Chinese restaurant teapot and little cups ($20). It’s oolong tea-infused vodka, Peche de Vigne, oolong syrup, and lemon.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Lolita Fort Point

253 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Cocktail pitchers at Lolita
Lolita/Facebook

Order margaritas by the pitcher at Lolita — there are numerous flavors available, such as spicy cucumber and spiced apple, and prices range from $44 to $52.

253 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

14. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
The dragon bowl at Blue Dragon
Cristina R./Yelp

At Ming Tsai’s Fort Point restaurant, diners can share four different cocktails with friends ($28 apiece), including the scorpion bowl-like dragon bowl, a painkiller, and more.

324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

15. Bootleg Special

400 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
A punch bowl at Bootleg Special
Bootleg Special/Instagram

Dinner at Bootleg Special is already going to be sloppy — you’ll be digging into saucy, spicy seafood with your hands — so why not add a big, shareable bowl of booze to the mix? Two to four people can share the South End restaurant’s hurricane bowl (passion fruit and lemon rums, juices, and pomegranate liqueur) or the yellowhammer bowl (Kalani Coconut Rum, Effen Blood Orange Vodka, pineapple, El Dorado Spiced Rum).

400 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

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16. Hojoko

1271 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
The royal waioli punch at Hojoko
Pierce Twohig

O Ya’s funky younger Fenway sibling, Hojoko, is a great spot for a noisy group outing — share some karaage fried chicken, robata grilled chicken tails, and crispy nori tacos with your friends; try the wasabi roulette, if you dare; and wash it all down with one of the “for the band” drinks, which are filled with rum and built for parties of four or more. Prices range from $75 to $95, topping out with the royal waioli punch: Plantation O.F.T.D., Plantation Barbados Rum, guava, lemon, pineapple, cherry, almond, coconut, Angostura bitters, and champagne.

1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

17. Banyan Bar + Refuge

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Scorpion bowl at Banyan
Banyan/Instagram

Sharing is encouraged at Banyan — both in terms of the food, which touches on a variety of Asian cuisines, and the drinks. The scorpion bowl, in particular. A blend of rums, lime, pineapple, grapefruit, and curaçao, it’s meant for two to four drinkers.

553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

18. Backyard Betty's

174 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Back porch sweet tea at Backyard Betty’s
Backyard Betty’s/Facebook

This recent addition to South Boston is inspired by summer cookouts. In the spirit of backyard get-togethers with family and friends, there are several big cocktails to share, including a boozy sweet tea, punch, and sangria.

174 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

19. Golden Temple

1651 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
The scorpion bowl for one at Golden Temple is still pretty substantial
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

If there’s one reliable genre of restaurants in which to find scorpion bowls, it’s old-school Chinese restaurants. The decades-old Golden Temple is no exception. The Brookline restaurant — which turns into a club on weekend nights — serves up a long list of boozy, fruity cocktails, including scorpion bowls (which also come in an individual size).

1651 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

20. Fat Baby

118 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
A large-format cocktail at Fat Bay
Fat Baby/Instagram

South Boston’s adorably named Fat Baby — which has ties to other neighborhood hot spots Lincoln Tavern and Capo — serves plenty of sushi, alongside a cocktail menu that includes a trio of jumbo drinks ($95 each). Chopsticks and stones, for example, combines sake, red wine, peach schnapps, triple sec, and apple and orange juices, while the Polynesian punch is a “rotating surprise.”

118 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

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