Food & Drink

5 must-drink booze events for the weekend and beyond

Published On 07/10/2014 Published On 07/10/2014

Boston You’ve been draining the sweet Summer brews like a champ, and that’s all well and good, but sometimes you need something a little stronger to get your weekend going/make your weekdays tolerable. That's where these five boozy events come in.


Saturday, July 12th: Ready for some serious day drinking? Get a good night’s sleep and hydrate properly before checking out Whiskey Rebellion: Whisky Whisky Everywhere at Moksa (2:30pm-5pm). There will be 50-75 different bourbons and ryes from around the world, as well as snacks and other surprises. Your ticket gets you “only” 12 tastings, so choose wisely. Continue Reading

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Monday, July 14th and Tuesday, July 15th: Chase away your early-in-the-week blues at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar as bar/beverage manager Joy Richard and her team power up your workweek with Punch Drunk Mondays. For a mere $4 you can take the edge off with some fresh punch du jour (that's the punch of the day). Still grumpy? Go back for Tiki Tuesdays for plenty of rum-soaked libations.

Painted Burro

Monday, July 14th-Saturday, July 19th: The bell will toll for thee during Painted Burro’s Daiquiri Days, established in honor of literary imbiber Earnest Hemingway. Each night of the week, mixmasters will be pouring a different version of Papa’s favorite tropical drink…all inspired by his works and travels. Privateer rum is supplying the fuel for concoctions like the Privateer Silver with pineapple simple, Luxardo Maraschino, and lime. On National Daiquiri Day (July 19th), there'll also be passed apps, daiquiri lessons, and take-home recipe cards for "a moveable feast" (see what we did there?).


Tuesday, July 15th: Settle the whiskey vs. bourbon debate once and for all… or at least for an evening. From 7-8:30pm, Saloon’s resident booze pro Manny Gonzales will guide you through a tasting of down-home spirits at the Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey Throw Down. For science. And America. Sample four different brown liquors and get Southern comfortable. Your ticket to barrel-aged happiness is here.


Tuesday, July 15th: Since you already miss the weekend (and Tuesdays are soooo lame), create your own fiesta at Bella Luna/Milky Way in JP. Nosh on $4 tacos all night long while washing them down with flights of beer or tequila (or both). Tres Agaves will be on hand with samples (and nectar knowledge) to help get you through the week. Or bypass it entirely. Call 617.524.6060 for more information.

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1. Moksa 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

After ditching the South End for that Square Matt Damon only visits to pwn ponytailed grad students with apple jokes, the renowned chef behind Ginger Park & OM's now taking it to Central with Moksa, a casual izakaya/ cocktail haven/ night club that slings late-night Asian tapas and street eats alongside upscale libations. The space is open and industrial with an 11-seat bar and a main dining room with bamboo banquettes. Pan-Asian street shareables like pig cheek skewers and tuna poke with hearts of palm fill the menu alongside crafty cocktails like the Tokyo Chic with white whiskey, absinthe and smashed edamame.

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2. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar 1310 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

From the guys behind Tasty Burger/Franklin Cafe, this upscale neighborhood tavern's outfitted with vintage-esque black/grey damask print wallpaper, brown leather booths, exposed wood ceiling beams, and a 100-year-old fireplace.

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3. The Painted Burro 219 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Painted Burro's a 95-seat Mexican kitchen & tequileria described as a “farm chic hacienda” featuring a red-/white-walled dining room with weathered wood tables, plus a 14-seat hammered tin/ reclaimed beam bar lit by wire cage lamps and overlooked by a unicorn burro mural rocking a luchador mask and corncob horn.

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4. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.

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5. Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (Boston)

Now found at the Haffenreffer brewery, this band-name-sounding resto/music/gaming venue features a sandwich-, pizza-, and pasta-heavy Italian menu, American craft beers, and seasonally shifting cocktails.



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