Where to find hot cocktails that warm the soul in Boston this winter



These bars and restaurants know that a hot, well-watered drink is the best way to beat the cold.

There are many ways to combat the winter cold. The easiest way, of course, is to simply avoid going out. (If only!) When that’s not a possibility (which is probably quite often), you can always sip on a hot cocktail. Hot toddies, Skrewball hot chocolates, and alcohol-filled hot ciders are some of the options at Boston restaurants and bars this season, and most come with cleverly puny names and a handful of sweet toppings to boot. Many of these places also have fireplaces and fireplaces, as well as comfort food. Stop in one or two – or all of you – for drinks that are sure to stave off the winter blues.


This West End spot is perhaps known for its Wine spectator Award-winning wine list, but the cocktails are just as mouthwatering. This season, it is precisely the hot drinks that are stealing the show. For a spicy take on a classic apple cider, try the Wassail, complete with Ferrand cognac and orange, and spicy with cloves. For something chocolatey, the Marseillaise is accompanied by spicy cocoa, oat milk and French Ricard Pastis de Marseille. What we say: It’s perfect !

50 Lovejoy Quay, Boston, 617-248-0050, alcoveboston.com.

Hot cocktails at the Bowery Bar. / Photo courtesy of Bowery Bar

The Bowery bar

Why book at the Bowery Bar? For starters, the Lower Mills Tavern offers a well-stocked menu of comfort food, heated yurts for alfresco dining all winter long, and seasonal drinks including a flurry of hot cocktails. There’s the Blizzard of ’78, for example, which combines hot chocolate with Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, as well as the Flannel Season, a cozy drink made from vanilla vodka, pumpkin liqueur and coffee. , all topped with whipped cream. Rather traditionalist? No worries, the Bowery also offers classic Irish coffee and hot toddies.

2261 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 617-698-2261, bowery-bar.com.

Town tap house

The “hand warmers” at the City Tap House in Fort Point. / Photo courtesy of City Tap House

Town tap house

Play mixologist at City Tap House, where the option of creating your own hot cocktail, nicknamed “hand warmers,” lets you whip up a drink that perfectly matches your taste. Choose from coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider bases, then add your choice of up to three (yes, up to Three– if you really want alcohol to show through) spirits. Maybe add Captain Morgan to your cider or throw some Bailey’s in your coffee. And of course, don’t forget the toppings: mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, chocolate shavings… the list goes on.

10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston, 617-904-2748, citytap.com/location/fort-point.

The Holiday Market in Snowport

The Seaport Holiday Market in Snowport features over a few dozen local businesses, plus food and drink from Tuscan Kitchen. So while you’re stocking up on holiday gifts for friends and family, you can treat yourself to a little something as well – more specifically, a festive, spirit-filled drink. Hop aboard the Espresso Train to the North Pole, a hot espresso martini with vanilla ice cream and gingerbread, or sip the classic Christmas mulled wine. As for Feliz Navidad hot chocolate, spiced with tequila and flavored with sea salt caramel and peppermint? Trust us, it’s a gift.

88 Seaport Blvd., Boston, bostonseaport.xyz/holidaymarket.

Rooftop view

In addition to the Lookout Rooftop’s sparkling views of the Boston skyline, heated igloos, and private “coolers” with fireplaces and sofas, the Envoy Hotel’s favorite haunt offers three hot drinks for tasting. If you like good rhymes, Feeling Frisky with Irish whiskey (See?), Wine, orange and lemon might be for you. Cider lovers should opt for the Snuggle Juice, however, with vodka, lemon and ginger. Finally, chocolate fanatics can opt for the Tequila and Almond Milk Chocolate Ott Chocolate, flavored with orange and vanilla.

The Envoy Hotel Boston, 70 Sleeper St., Boston, theenvoyhotel.com

The Lodge at Publico

Drinks at the Lodge in Publico. / Photo courtesy of Publico Street Bistro

Publico Street Bistro

When Publico’s après-ski-inspired backyard installation – aptly named “The Lodge at Publico” – dresses up for the season in mid-December, so too will the Southie Restaurant’s cocktail menu. Sitting by the fireplaces wrapped in a flannel blanket, you can sip one of three specialty drinks: a hot salted caramel chocolate with Stoli vanilla and Kahlua salted caramel, a hot toddy with Jameson and bitters, or the Peppermint Patty with Dr. McGillicuddy’s and Hot Chocolate. Drink with friends? We recommend the large Kahlua and Bailey spiked hot chocolate which is served in a personalized French press carafe.

11 Dorchester Street, Boston, 617-622-5700, publicoboston.com.

The quiet few

This bustling Eastie tavern has a bar well stocked with spirits, but whiskey is a priority (the place has dozens and dozens of varieties). Naturally, its freshly brewed menu of warm, wintery cocktails makes extensive use of it: choose from deliciously spicy TQF World Famous Hot Toddy, Geri Halliwell with ginger whiskey, and Love, Slane O’er Me with Irish whiskey. , Irish cream, coffee and whipped cream. Whatever you choose, pair it with the menu’s stacked burgers and other hearty comfort foods.

331 Sumner St., East Boston, 617-561-1061, thequietfew.com.

Trina’s Starlight Lounge

If you are looking for a warm atmosphere in Somerville, head to Trina’s Starlite Lounge. Nibble on fried chicken and waffles or a chili cheese dog, then drizzle with a steaming hot beverage. There’s the Gentleman, an elegant combination of bourbon, Belle de Brillet and lemon, as well as the Rockin ‘Chair: Made with black tea infused bourbon and ginger cognac, it will warm your soul better than the ho- hum Earl Gray.

3, rue Beacon, Somerville, 617-576-0006, trinastarlitelounge.com.


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