One thing is for sure: There’s a whole lot to love about Boston. At the year’s end, we asked our city to pick its most beloved spot around town for our 2021 Love Local Award. We received support for small businesses from every corner of the Hub—whether it was a quirky cafe, tried-and-true dive bar, independent art gallery or historic theater— and, after tallying all of the votes we amassed, we can say that our city came through with a clear winner: Krasi. Frankly, we can easily see how Krasi has won over our community. Since opening its doors in February 2020—we’re talking mere days before the pandemic exploded—this Back Bay restobar has been championing everything Greek, especially when it comes to the country’s little-known wine culture. Its name, Krasi, literally translates to “wine” in Greek, which immediately sets the tone for this place’s oenophile obsession. The drink program here is dedicated to celebrating the nectar of the gods—or the nectar of Dionysus, anyway—and offers more than 180 wines hailing from the Hellenic nation, all of which are natural and biodynamic, thanks to strict Greek viticultural regulations. Photograph: Sam Swan, courtesy Krasi A rotating selection of Greek wines are offered by the glass, but Krasi will gladly open any bottle you desire, as long as you commit to ordering at least two pours. Because Greek wine is, well, all Greek to most Bostonians, the knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic staff here will teach any neophytes about these vari
Boston has basically returned to normalcy (minus those persisting indoor mask mandates) and many of us have transitioned back to life as we know it. However, local businesses are still struggling to make up for lost time and they may still need a helping hand from all of us Hub-dwellers.
That's why Time Out has launched our Love Local Awards this month to support all of our local Boston institutions. The nominations are in, and you can now vote for your favorite spots in town right here.
As we’ve shown time and time again at Time Out, small businesses are the backbone of our community. Boston thrives off the energy from our best restaurants, bars, cafés, clubs, music venues, theaters and galleries. They’re where we gather to celebrate and commiserate. They fuel our bodies, our minds and our connections. They give us places to go, things to do and people to see.
So as the city continues to reawaken, Time Out will continue to Love Local. We’ll keep striving to champion these daring faces and places—the ones that we know make Boston really Boston.