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Olivia Vanni

Olivia Vanni

Food & Culture Editor, Time Out Boston

Olivia Vanni is the food and culture editor for Boston and has been with Time Out since 2021. 

Born and raised in the Boston burbs, Olivia has seen this city totally transform and continues to keep up with its still-changing food and beverage scene. With a knack for cooking and a frequent thirst for a stiff drink, Olivia holds our local restaurants and bars to a high standard—but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with some Ritz crackers and New England bean dip, steamers or bar pizza. She’s even known to drop her Rs when ordering a particular tequila-based cocktail (mah-garita)… and to add them when describing the apparatus used to sip said cocktail (straw-r). 

While she now spends her days telling you everything worth seeing, doing, eating and drinking in town, she previously stalked celebrities as the Boston Herald’s Inside Track columnist and used to geek out as a startup and VC reporter for BostInno.

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The best things to do in Boston this weekend

The best things to do in Boston this weekend

Spring has officially sprung here in the city—which gives us even more reason to get out and enjoy the best things to do in Boston this weekend. With so many events taking place across the city, we've sorted through all of your options and are sharing only our top recommendations for going out this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a look at our guides to the best cheap things to do and best free things to do in Boston. When all else fails, rally up all of your friends for a boozy night out at one of the best bars in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The 46 best things to do in Boston

The 46 best things to do in Boston

No matter where your interests lie, you can always find fun in the Hub. The best things to do in Boston run the gamut—from seriously entertaining to awesomely educational. Looking for culture? Spend a day exploring Boston's museums. Hungry? You've come to the right place because there are tons of amazing restaurants in Boston that highlight the city's rich and diverse culinary landscape. We've searched all across the city to assemble this list of the best things to do in Boston. Follow it and never get bored here again.

15 Boston restaurants with a view

15 Boston restaurants with a view

Want to take your dinner with a side of the city skyline? Or perhaps you’d like to sip that cocktail while gazing upon the glimmering harbor? Well, you’re in luck—look no further than these Boston restaurants with a view. From rooftop bars to eateries on the water, there are plenty of options when it comes to dining out with stunning vistas for you to behold. Romantic and cozy, bustling and lively...whatever vibe you seek, you can find at these local spots—in addition to those beautiful views of Boston, of course. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 34 best Boston restaurants right now

The 34 best Boston restaurants right now

New England’s days are growing longer, and the weather warmer—which means it’s time to get out and eat at the best Boston restaurants. Let’s all get ready for the months ahead, which will bring prime patio and outdoor dining, as we transition into sun-drenched spring. At the moment, we suggest making the most of these rising temps—whether it be by sitting down for an alfresco at Spoke, or by getting your fill of ice-cold raw bar favorites at seafood spots like Nautilus, Neptune Oyster and Saltie Girl. In any case, we simply encourage you to fall in love—or rediscover—all of the best restaurants in Boston this month. RECOMMENDED: Guide to Boston's Michelin-worthy restaurants

The best fancy restaurants in Boston for special occasions

The best fancy restaurants in Boston for special occasions

A special occasion deserves a special restaurant. The best fine dining restaurants in Boston will always fit the bill, but sometimes you just want a festive meal that’s not necessarily a splurge or a reverent affair. The best fancy restaurants in Boston have that little something extra—atmosphere, service, creativity—that will make any meal a celebration. For a special spot to wow a special someone, choose from one of the most romantic restaurants in Boston. For a dining option on the opposite end of the spectrum, Boston’s best cheap eats offer delicious, wallet-friendly choices, and can even be festive in their own special way. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best pizza in Boston

The best pizza in Boston

Boston gets a bad rap for its pizza. Sure, our city may never reach the heights of New York pizza celebrity, but it's blessed with a bevy of pizzerias churning out tasty, memorable pies. At one end of the spectrum, there are no-frills, cash-only joints serving fast, tasty slices; on the other end you'll find some of the best Italian restaurants in Boston serving up their own takes on the classics. For other top dishes that are perfect with a beer on a Friday night, check out the best burgers in Boston or the best tacos in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

Name a city with better seafood and waterfront views, we’ll wait. Fortunately, you can’t, and there’s plenty of waterfront restaurants in Boston to get your fix of sun, sea and fresh salty air. Everyone knows food tastes better outside (as demonstrated by our best restaurants with outdoor seating), and a view of the harbor just elevates that experience. Below, find Boston’s best places to enjoy sparkling water views⁠—including our city's best seafood spots and finest oyster bars—all spring, summer and fall (with a little luck). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 9 best cheap date ideas in Boston

The 9 best cheap date ideas in Boston

Dating in Boston can truly take a toll on your wallet. Whether you’re in a stable relationship or still trying to find that special someone, paying for pricey nights out and regular date nights can really add up, if you’re not careful. Despite our city’s expensive reputation, we do have some affordable options when it comes to taking someone out. We’ve compiled a list of cheap date ideas that are thoughtful, romantic and all cost less than $30 (that’s basically the same price as cocktails for two, plus tip). If you have more money to spend on a special night out, also be sure to check out our guides to the most romantic restaurants and most romantic bars in Boston. And if you’re seeing someone for the very first time, peruse our suggestions for the best first date spots.  RECOMMENDED: Guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best outdoor bars in Boston

The best outdoor bars in Boston

Somewhere between New England’s frigid winters and its summer heat, we reach that sweet spot of practically perfect weather in Boston. This is the kind of pleasant warmth and stunning sunshine that translate to patio season⁠, when your daily dose of vitamin D goes hand-in-hand with conversation and cocktails. Head to one of these outdoor bars—from community beer gardens to waterfront patios—and you'll get your fill of sun, fun and al fresco beverages and snacks. To enjoy our lovely weather further, check out Boston’s best parks or go sky-high with a visit to a prime rooftop bars. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

The best clubs and lounges in Boston

The best clubs and lounges in Boston

Disco or hip hop, yacht rock or ’80s blasts from the past, sometimes you just need to let loose and dance at the best clubs in Boston. If you’re looking for the hottest parties in town, our nightlife scene doesn’t miss a beat. Lineups of big name DJs, dancing and themed nights raise the energy level and create a buzzing vibe at these local hotpots. Fuel up for your evening by starting out with a meal at the best restaurants in Boston. Late night followed by a late morning? Check out our list of the best brunches in Boston to recuperate. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

When New England’s weather warms, everyone in The Hub heads outside to dine because it’s basically a known fact that food tastes better when eaten on a patio Dining al fresco in the city is about to start picking up for the season, and we’ve found the best Boston restaurants with outdoor seating, great food and good vibes. From waterfront restaurants to rooftop spots to patio bars, we’ve got your sun-drenched socializing covered. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best food and drink in Boston

The best lobster rolls in Boston

The best lobster rolls in Boston

Nothing says summer in New England like sweet chunks of lobster meat dressed with either butter or mayo, and tucked into a griddled roll. Ideally, this sandwich is served with a cold drink, a side of fries and some waterfront views. We scoured the city in search of the best lobster roll in Boston and we came up with a lengthy list of crustacean contenders. Need even more seafood in your life? Ditch the bun and grab one of the best lobster dishes around—and don’t miss our guide to the best seafood spots and best oyster bars in town. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

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Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have breakfast with a bang at vomFASS Brookline this Sunday for its Whiskey & Waffles tasting. This Coolidge Corner store will be serving warm, fresh Belgian waffles topped with primo Vermont maple syrup and/or homemade berry compote—and all alongside a flight of small batch whiskies that this gourmet grocer has procured from all over the world. This boozy breakfast event will be private, so be sure to secure your spot beforehand.

Get buff—and a beer—at Harpoon Brewery

Get buff—and a beer—at Harpoon Brewery

Earn that soft pretzel and a pint of IPA with this Sunday sweat sesh at Harpoon. The Seaport brewery will be partnering with B/SPOKE, having the local fitness chain host a HIIT class that’ll be crammed with strength, core and cardio exercises sure to get your heart pumping—sans bike. The workout will be held from 11am, and you can spend some time cooling down and rehydrating at Harpoon’s beer hall and tented patio. The event itself is free, but you still need to preregister to secure your spot.

Take a bite out of May at Brato's supper club

Take a bite out of May at Brato's supper club

Brato will be serving up its Sunday best this weekend, when the Brighton brewhouse hosts its latest supper club—and this time, it’s celebrating everything May. The evening, whose food will feature a little Latin flair, will start off strong with some welcome beers, before everyone sits down to a five-course meal commences. There will be an option for both an omnivore (think dishes like goat birria tacos with Oaxacan cheese, pickled onions and consomme for dipping) as well as a vegetarian feast (i.e. a veggie pozole with hominy and smoked mushrooms). No matter which meal you choose, there will be beer pairings to accompany each course—and churros with cinnamon, Baltic porter and chocolate fondue for dessert. Secure your spot by buying a ticket ASAP.

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

SoWa is giving us more Sundays to love. The South End complex and artist guild is building upon its Second Sundays tradition, now opening its doors to the public every single weekend of the month. Just like before, folks will be able to head to the studios at 450 Harrison Ave (most of them, anyway) Sundays from 11am—4pm. Meet local artists, explore their latest works and buy pieces directly from them.

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Head to The Rockwell for the 5th Anniversary of its celebrated Smoke & Shadows show. This burlesque and variety show takes over the stage at this Somerville venue each month, giving guests two hours of live music, dancing that's both seductive and bawdy, and plenty of comedy. Snag tickets beforehand and don’t forget to pop by this place’s adjoining, subterranean bar Saloon to pregame with craft cocktails and light bites.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Boston is one of the undisputed capitals of Irish America... and Southie is the Irish capital of Boston. Thousands put on some green and rock their shamrocks before heading down to South Boston to celebrate St. Paddy's each year. The day kicks off with a time-honored traditional breakfast, where politicians sing limericks roasting their peers and opponents. This local ritual sets the jovial stage for one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., complete with floats, marching bagpipers and, of course, waving aforementioned politicians. Pubs along the route and throughout Boston overflow with beer and merrymaking. Be sure to check out our list of other St. Patrick’s Day Events in Boston, keep our list of the best Irish pubs in Boston handy and peruse our list of the best burgers in Boston for a place to soak up all that beer afterwards. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston     When is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 1pm. Where is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? The parade takes place in South Boston. It starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Ave, continues along West Broadway to East Broadway, then turns and heads back west, ending on Dorchester Ave. See the official map of the St. Patrick's Day Parade     Other tips *Will it be cold or warm? It's always a crapshoot. Wear layers and don’t forget your green! *Alcohol is not allowed along the route. Keep it in the bars or your house parties.  *Take the T. With multiple s

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Located inside Faneuil Hall, Ned Devine’s is a favorite amongst both tourists and young locals alike for more than a decade. It’s a modern Irish pub, serving fish and chips, award-winning clam chowder, corned beef, Guinness onion soup and other classic comforting dishes by day. The dining room and bar are expansive, offering ample space for out-of-towners to collapse, rest their feet and have a bite to eat—alongside a beer, of course—after exploring the Freedom Trail and other famous sites downtown. The seasonal patio is a popular choice, when weather permits. On the weekends, Ned Devine’s transforms into lively nightlife spot for college kids and recent grads, with rooms filled with live music and dancing.

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Card enthusiasts rejoice because Big Night Live will be holding its signature Causeway Card Show once again this weekend. The music venue and club will be opening its doors to more than 100 card vendors, who’ll be peddling their highly collectible inventory on both Saturday and Sunday from 9am—5pm. While you may be totally tuned into buying, selling and trading cards, you can also expect booming tunes from the DJ booth, a full bar, live card breaks and special guests, including DJ Steve Aoki. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time.

Bar Enza

Bar Enza

Tucked inside The Charles Hotel, this Italian eatery is a culinary homecoming for renowned New York chef Mark Ladner (of Del Posto and Pasta Flyer fame). The Bay State native, who’s originally from Belmont and started his food career right here in Boston, is going back to his roots as he brings this playful osteria to Harvard Square. Sit down at the dimly lit bar for the perfect aperitivo with friends—order off the negroni menu and pair your amaro-heavy libations with satisfying snacks, like crunchy, cheese-filled saffron suppli, for the full effect. Guests seeking sustenance beyond just cocktail hour nibbles can post up at a marble table and dig into some more substantial fare. Dinner is broken down into traditional Italian courses, starting with an assortment of antipasti, before going into the carb-heavy primi and meat-centric secondi, finally ending on a sweet note with dolci. Each stage of the meal is Italian in essence but also shows that the kitchen doesn’t take itself too seriously, with unconventional versions of familiar favorites, like a giant meatball smothered in Smoke Shop BBQ and tomato sauce, and tuna carpaccio with salsa verde and onion rings.

Pho n' Rice

Pho n' Rice

If you’re looking for a bowl of pure, slurpable comfort at a no-frills spot, this Somerville joint is your place. Situated in the Spring Hill neighborhood, this relatively unassuming restaurant dishes out some of the finest Vietnamese food around—especially when it comes to the country’s famously alluring aromatic soups. The menu boasts a number of brothy, noodled beauties to behold, ranging from the straightforward yet so flavorful Pho Ga (chicken) and Bo Vien (meatballs) to the more complex Bun Bo Hue (a spicy, lemongrass-laced soup served with flank steak and tendon)—all of which feel like the food equivalent of a warm hug. Non-soup specialties include an array of authentic bun bowls brimming with vermicelli noodles and bright, fresh ingredients, in addition to plates from other Southeast Asian nations, like Laotian Larb and Pad Thai. No matter which dish you decide, be sure to start your order with the house short ribs, which are sliced into tender, Korean-style strips, marinated in homemade barbecue sauce and charcoal-grilled for a sweet, savory and smokey result.

Mooncusser

Mooncusser

Mooncusser may have started as a fish house, but nowadays, this Bay Village spot has become so much more. Under the direction of Chef Carl Dooley, this restaurant has undergone a culinary makeover, with a new focus on offering four-course tasting menus. The prix fixe selection, which comes with optional wine pairings, changes every month, allowing guests to always discover new plates and fresh perspectives with each visit.Yes, seafood absolutely still plays a role here, but now fish dishes—like barbecue unagi or potato gnocchi with salt cod—share the spotlights with other, internationally inspired stars, such as Sichuan pork sausage consomme and venison with Hungarian dumplings. Perched above Stuart Street, folks can rest assured that the view from the dining room is just as delicious as the parade of edible delights coming out of the kitchen. Patrons looking for something lighter can visit the Moon Bar, and for those in a hurry, there's Cusser's, a street-level takeaway spot specializing in seafood and roast beef. (Or, to experience the latter eatery's greatest hits in a buzzy culinary-focused environment, stop by the Cusser’s at Time Out Market Boston).

Field & Vine

Field & Vine

Hidden away from the chaos of Union Square, Field & Vine is kind of like Somerville’s own secret garden. Wander down the alleyway between Bronwyn and The Independent, and you’ll find this New American eatery specializing in locally sourced farm fare—all prepared and served in small plate format. Given its laser focus on seasonal ingredients, Field & Vine has an ever-changing menu that offers guests items ranging from lighter nibbles (think raw oysters) to heftier bites (like squash loaded with bacon and feta), all prime for sharing. The Scandinavian-esque interior of sleek seating and light wood furnishings is filled with foliage and flowers (fresh blooms sit in bud vases atop the tables, while dried bouquets and branches embellish every other surface that can be seen). At the center of this spot, marked by a dramatic web of gnarled vines overhead, there’s an open kitchen that gives guests a front row seat to all of the culinary action while awaiting their parade of small plates. Sips of its curated beers and wines keep folks occupied in between amusing mouthfuls.

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Say Coffee Co. is now open at Time Out Market Boston!

Say Coffee Co. is now open at Time Out Market Boston!

There are some new things brewing over at Time Out Market Boston—all thanks to the arrival of Say Coffee Co. Now open within our Fenway space, Say is the most recent concept coming from restaurateurs Yeanie Bach and Phi Pham, a powerful pair who’ve already been wowing Bostonians with their Vietnamese drinks and dishes at both Phinista (also in The Fenway) and Banh Mi Oi (West Roxbury). With their latest addition, the duo is now letting folks get their caffeine fix—and accompanying bites—at 401 Park Drive with Say’s selection of coffee, tea and crepes.  Starting at 7:30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, guests can swing by Say and snag any number of refreshing beverages. The new spot offers a whole section of colorful signature drinks featuring creative Vietnamese touches (i.e. ube latte and crème brûlée boba) for imbibers searching for something a little extra. Meanwhile, people hoping for more traditional, straightforward sips can also find beloved barista staples—from espresso go-tos like cappuccinos to purist javas like cold brews.  No coffee run is ever complete without grabbing a bite to eat alongside your cuppa, and Say delivers with an assortment of crepes and pastries. Its French pancake offerings come with sweet and savory fillings—like the fruit-forward Banana Sundaze or the Day at Say, which is crammed with bacon, egg and cheese—while baked goods include croissants, Danishes and muffins. No matter which item you choose, these treats will serve as the perfect pair

SOURCE's pizza has arrived at Time Out Market!

SOURCE's pizza has arrived at Time Out Market!

Let’s all raise a slice because SOURCE and its impeccable wood-fired pizza (one of the best pizzas in Boston) has officially opened at Time Out Market Boston! First opening its doors in Harvard Square during the pure chaos of the pandemic in 2020, SOURCE instantly won the hearts (and stomachs) of locals with its Neapolitan-style pizza—and it’s not too hard to figure out why.  The name SOURCE isn’t just some jazzy moniker here; owner Daniel Roughan and executive chef Brian Kevorkian have essentially established it as their motto. The seasoned duo have made it their mission to source fresh ingredients from local farmers and food purveyors for all of their dishes, and their pizza is no exception.  While the toppings that grace SOURCE’s selection of pies sing sweet symphonies of flavor, the true scene-stealer time and time again is their dough. Made everyday using their very own “sister” sourdough starter, their dough lends itself to perhaps the most spectacular crust found throughout Greater Boston: a creation boasting perfectly charred bubbles that’s somehow simultaneously crispy yet chewy.  Up until now, loyal downtowners have had to make the pilgrimage over The Charles and into Cambridge to get their SOURCE fix. However, now that this modern pizza pub has opened its outpost at Time Out Market, Bostonians and visitors alike will be able to find all of their favorites right here in The Fenway.  Photograph: Courtesy SOURCE Amongst the menu items that featured at 401 Park Drive

Take the Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in Boston

Take the Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in Boston

The global Time Out Index is back! In last year’s survey, 80 percent of people proclaimed that Boston was expensive, while another 80 percent sang our city’s praises as a great place for “taking a walk in a green space.” Now, we once again want to know how folks find The Hub—so why don’t you tell us?  We’ve just launched the Time Out Index 2022, our fifth annual poll of city-dwellers around the world, and we want to find out all about life in Boston post-pandemic. What’s the restaurant scene like? The bar circuit? How easy is it to date? To make friends? What do you think of the art and the nightlife here? Plus where, dare we say it, is the coolest part of town? How have things changed in Boston now that we can all detect the sweet smell of normality? For those of us who live in cities, that hint – still stronger in some places than others – of a return to the good times is a big relief. Doing stuff is why we’re here, after all. We came for the food, for the culture, for the nightlife. We came to find new friends or because our friends were already here. And many of us stuck around throughout the pandemic for all those very legit reasons, too. The survey only takes five minutes, and at the end we’ll tell you exactly how much you love your city. As ever, we’ll be using all your responses to come up with our annual rankings of the world’s best cities and coolest neighborhoods. So go ahead, do your city some justice – and take part in the ultimate stock take of city living in 20

19 ways to ride the T like a true Bostonian

19 ways to ride the T like a true Bostonian

Oh, the MBTA! Boston’s public transit is both the bane of our existence and the butt of our jokes. (Honestly, we try to laugh so that we don’t scream). Locals who have long endured the trials and tribulations of the T have, over time, learned the unwritten rules of the rails here. So it’s no surprise that when a novice happens to hop on our city’s subway system, they usually stick out from the crowd.  Whether you’re a college student who’s new to the area, a tourist bouncing around town for the weekend or simply someone who’s absolutely clueless, beware of our unspoken, underground code of conduct. The next time you’re riding the Red Line to Harvard Square or you’re bound for Fenway on the Green, here are 19 ways for you to handle the T like a local… and not piss everyone off in the process.  1. Don’t pay for a ticket using large bills. The machine will spit back a tsunami of $1 coins that you then have to haul around like you’re Scrooge McDuck.  2. When boarding, let people off first. You’re not a lineman for the Patriots.  3. The doorway is not a place for standing. Get in and then quickly move to the back of the car, we beg of you.  4. If the car is full, just accept that it is full. Don’t hold up an entire train trying to cram yourself into a nonexistent nook as the door repeatedly fails to shut on your obviously protruding body.  5. For the love of God, take off your backpack. No one wants to take a beating from your bag when they’re just trying to get to work.  6. Don’t

Boston's Great Lobster Roll Debate: Is hot or cold king?

Boston's Great Lobster Roll Debate: Is hot or cold king?

In New England, there are certain rivalries we’ve come to know since birth: Red Sox vs. Yankees; Dunkin’ vs. Starbucks; and—perhaps the most controversial of all—the cold lobster roll vs. hot lobster roll.  It’s fair to say that in The Hub, many of us would unequivocally scream “Yankees suck!” into a crowd of overly proud New Yorkers and would rather sip a regular iced coffee from Dunkies than some dinky venti drink any day of the year. However, it seems that the Great Lobster Roll Debate remains a point of contention in our city and has created a rift between us and some of our fellow Bostonian brethren.  So which is it? Does the Maine-style roll, served perfectly chilled and slathered in mayonnaise, reign supreme in these parts? Or is the Connecticut-style roll, in all of its warm and buttery glory, actually king around here, kid?  We decided to settle this deep-seated dispute once and for all, asking chefs and restaurateurs from some of the best seafood spots throughout the Bay State to sound off on this issue and share how they take their lobster rolls. Opinions vary—from the seemingly diplomatic to the clearly staunch—so read on to see where everyone stands… and be prepared to be wicked judgmental with some of their answers.  Jeremy Sewall, Chef-Partner at Row 34: I don't really have a preference. For me, the cold roll has a sense of nostalgia to it—it was the one I grew up eating. It is hard not to be transported back in time to the Maine coast every time I eat one. The

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

Want your Kowloon cocktail fix without having to trek halfway up Route 1? Well, now you can down some libations from this longtime Saugus institution right here in the center of the city. Moxy Boston Downtown is launching a 2Faced Tiki Pop-Up with Kowloon on the weekends, when it’ll be serving specialty drinks from the iconic suburban eatery. The Tremont Street hotel will be shaking up a selection of these fruity, rum-laced cocktails at its lounge and bar, Bar Moxy, between 7 and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Amongst the available tiki beverages borrowed from Kowloon: a traditional Mai Tai, White Mai Tai and Scorpion Bowl for One. The only downside? You’ll have to sip those drinks sans those Saugus Wings (or any of the other cult classic bites from Kowloon, for that matter). In addition to these tropically inspired offerings, Moxy Bar will also be pouring playful, champagne-centric cocktails. These fun and fancy bubbly beverages will include options like the Make Lemonade (limoncello, Cointreau and prosecco, garnished with a lemon macaron) or the Watermelon Sugar (prosecco, Absolute Watermelon, lychee puree, cold pressed watermelon and lime juice, topped with watermelon Red Bull and cotton candy).  Word to the wise: Skip the brutal gridlock traffic up north and spend more time downing these boozy beverages in Boston. 

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

While Boston is peppered with a handful of pet-friendly businesses, none seem to be quite as amenable to our city’s four-legged population as the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Welcoming furry friends from far and wide as guests, the Back Bay hotel one-ups everyone else by also having quite possibly the goodest lobby dog, Cori Copley, greeting visitors and locals alike. “She’ll do anything for treats,” Joe Fallon, concierge at the Fairmont, says of his black lab, who serves as the luxury spot’s Canine Ambassador. “It’s very hard to keep her looking in good shape because her weight keeps going up because she gets too many treats from people,” he adds. Holding court from her bed right across from the front desk, Cori is the third Canine Ambassador at our Fairmont since the program started there in 2004, following her beloved predecessors Catie and Carly. Like both doggos before her, Cori was trained as a service dog for the blind, but didn’t make the final cut and instead found her calling in hospitality.  Now a few years on the job, this iconic pooch has settled into her day-to-day schedule, which includes activities both inside and outside the hotel.  “We have to go to Dunkin’s—I have to get my coffee in the morning,” Fallon says of his and Cori’s daily routine of duties. “We see all of the people that she knows at the Back Bay train station.” “One gentleman at the Back Bay train station—an MBTA police officer—that’s one of her best buddies,” he continues. “When she goes to the Back

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

Thousands of people gathered in Boston on Sunday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, voice their support for the Ukrainian people and call for peace. Organized by Northeastern University student and Ukrainian native Diana Zlotnikova, the demonstration brought crowds through the streets of the Back Bay. Folks—many of whom were carrying the flag of this currently war-torn nation (as well as signs criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin)—made their way from the Public Garden to the Common during the afternoon.  The march ended at the State House, where everyone stood and shared how this act of aggression has impacted them. People participating included Ukrainians who are fearful for their friends and family members back home, Russians who are criticizing their country’s government and other protestors from around the world.  Here are some of the best images giving a look into Boston’s march in support of Ukraine this weekend. While local voices were heard, there is still much more action to be taken to support Ukraine, so do consider these ways to help.    View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗠𝗔𝗝𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 (@major.moment) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Julia Baranova-Faktorovich (@skin_insights) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Callie Krosin (@calliekrosin8) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lasha Tsatava | DipWSET (@lasha.tsatava) View thi

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

There’s so much more to Irish food in Boston than just the obligatory corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. While Eire seems to get a bad rap in terms of its culinary culture (a perception that’s been gradually changing over recent years), plenty of pubs around the Hub prove otherwise. Some dishes hailing from the island nation will always have a soft spot in our hearts, conjuring up feelings of comfort and nostalgia with every bite. Not to mention, they’re just begging to be washed down with a beer. We’ve scoured the city for these tried-and-true treasures to see who offers the best of the best—from a full Irish breakfast and soda bread to Guinness stew and Jameson-laced coffee.    Shepherd’s pie From Mr. Dooley's: We think more meals should be covered in mashed potatoes. Just put one forkful of the shepherd’s pie at Mr. Dooley’s and you’ll understand our sentiment. The kitchen at this beloved Broad Street establishment makes a masterpiece out of this simple classic. A medley of ground beef, veg, herbs and Irish brown gravy is lovingly topped with a cloud of creamed potatoes and baked ever so slightly to form that crisp crust. This ramekin of pure comfort is served with freshly baked bread—brown, of course—and pads of salty Irish butter to fully lull you into a food coma of bliss. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr Dooleys (@mrdooleys) Guinness stew from Emmet's: Why simply sip a Guinness, when you can eat it, too? The Irish know their wa

13 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

13 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

Boston doesn’t mess around when it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day. Our city is home to the highest percentage of people with Irish heritage in the U.S., which means we reserve the right to ample shenanigans every March 17. Each year, folks from far and wide—like from Salem right down to Scituate—make the pilgrimage downtown to celebrate our common ancestry in true Bostonian fashion: with daylong drinking. Obviously, saying sl​​áinte from sun up to sun down isn’t for the faint of stomach, and we’ve laid out some ground rules for anyone looking to power through St. Paddy’s Day in the Hub. Whether you’re shipping down to Southie for the parade or posting up at your neighborhood bar, here are our 12 rules to keep in mind if you’d like to survive Saint Patrick’s Day in Boston. 1. Don’t drink anything dyed green. It may feel festive going down, but it’s like a scene from The Exorcist coming back up. 2. Don’t be too obvious about carrying around open containers. The cops probably know that the soccer mom thermos you’re clutching doesn’t contain coffee, but it’s way less conspicuous than flagrantly sipping from a Solo cup or taking a swig straight from the bottle.  3. If you want to party at an Irish pub, be ready to arrive as soon as the doors open and stay all day. Most places will almost immediately be at capacity, and you don’t want to spend your St. Paddy’s Day waiting in line, staring longingly through the windows and watching people live out your dreams of getting shitfaced.  4.

Treat yourself for Valentine's Day at Time Out Market Boston

Treat yourself for Valentine's Day at Time Out Market Boston

There’s so much to love about Time Out Market Boston this Valentine’s Day weekend. Honestly, couples can have their candlelit dinners and pricey presents—I mean, have you seen the cost of red roses lately? Instead, we’d rather have you flock to our Fenway space and celebrate your one true love out there: you and only you.  As any self-respecting single knows, the first step of treating yourself for Valentine’s Day is snagging some outstanding baked goods… and then repeatedly shoving them into your face. Luckily, we’ll have ample treats on hand as we host Love and Flour for a pop-up filled with sweets from Feb. 11—13. The New Hampshire bakery will be taking over Time Out Market Boston’s Demo Kitchen, offering an edible wonderland consisting of cupcakes, macarons, iced cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Whether you’re unattached, in a committed relationship or, you know, it’s pretty darn complicated, it’ll be love at first bite with any of these delights.  Speaking of sugar-inspired love affair, Union Square Donuts will also be getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with exclusive creations from now until Feb. 14. Amongst its wide selection of special V-Day flavors will be: Valentine's Funfetti; Caramelized White Chocolate Mousse; Rosewater Crullers; Red Velvet Cake and Raspberry Chocolate Truffle. Grab a baked good or a donut—or both because we don’t judge double-fisting in this case—and pair one of these confections with our Valentine’s Day drink special from Tim

Revealed: Krasi is Time Out Boston's Love Local Award winner for 2021

Revealed: Krasi is Time Out Boston's Love Local Award winner for 2021

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