Outdoor mall, not so appealing. Year-round beer garden and hot toddy menu tucked away within said mall? Very appealing, indeed. Slumbrew’s shipping container hangout, American Fresh Taproom, is tented, heated and kid-friendly, which means half of the Somerville parental populace can be found there at any given moment. Meanwhile, across the shopping way, River Bar has introduced a toddies menu with warming elixirs like the Winter Still (rye, Kümmel Caraway, benedictine, hojicha, brown sugar). Brave the heated patio if you’re so inclined.
Even strapping New Englanders like us eventually balk at icy roads, snow delays and single-digit temps. Fend off mid-season SAD with one of these wintertime life hacks (after you dig your way out of Juno, that is). We've got everything from a tented beer garden and cozy restaurants to a Russian steam bath.