Celebration season is in full swing! While all those festive office parties and house fêtes promise to be tons of fun, we figured it couldn’t hurt to keep a shortlist of where to go (and what to drink) when you’re looking to ring in the holidays at a great restaurant. Time to raise a glass — these drinks are sure to keep you in good spirits!
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this sunset-colored, Vermont-inspired cocktail of amaro, whisky and smoked maple syrup.
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Tucked down an alley behind unmarked doors, backbar is where craft meets invention. The bartenders are among the most creative Boston and mix classic Manhattans with familiar ingredients as easily as futuristic cocktails featuring exotic foams and fruits.
One of our favorites from among the many refreshing options — Buffalo Trace bourbon, Alesso Chinato vermouth, Herbsaint, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, brown sugar, bitter orange, liquorice, green anise and cinnamon.
Photo provided by Dirty Habit.
Dirty Habit is a bar-centric eatery with shareable, seasonal New American cuisine, bar bites and a creative cocktail menu with an emphasis on rare brown spirits. The inventive beverage program highlights communal cocktails, house creations crafted with unexpected ingredients and a carefully curated selection of more than 300 global spirits and whiskeys.
An ultra-refreshing mashup of Grey Goose vodka, lime, Orgeat syrup, cucumber, mint and Angostura bitters.
Photo provided by Preux & Proper.
A two-story eatery, Preux & Proper dishes out Cajun, New Orleans-inspired fare. The restaurant features a bustling frozen daiquiri bar downstairs, a raw bar upstairs and an open-air patio for alfresco dining. Aside from its frozen drink selection — an ode to life on Bourbon Street — a long list of wines, beers and craft cocktails are available.
Grey Goose La Poire (pear), St. Germain elderflower liqueur, white grape juice and lemon sour make this sipper the perfect accompaniment to lunch with friends.
Photo provided by The Bristol. Photo by Anjali Pinto.
The Bristol is a New American gastropub that highlights familiar and comforting dishes, handcrafted cocktails and a curated wine list in a rustic space. An airy dining room filled with communal tables and exposed brick provides the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy the seasonally inspired cuisine, inventive cocktails, international wines and domestic beers.
A slight twist on a classic cocktail, this one’s sweet-bitter balance comes from a mix of Plymouth gin, grapefruit juice and candied grapefruit.
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Hungry Cat Santa Monica is a stylish eatery serving fresh seafood and an extensive list of wines, craft cocktails and beers. Known for its raw bar selection, the lively restaurant features ocean views and extensive bar seating — perfect for enjoying its small bites and delicious drinks.
The most exotic of the bunch with Trinidadian rum, Acacia honey and smoked cinnamon — served up in a perfectly chilled, actual coconut!
Photo provided by ZZ's Clam Bar.
ZZ’s Clam Bar is an intimate raw seafood and craft cocktail destination complete with marble-topped tables and black-and-turquoise floors. The restaurant boasts a selection of inventive starters and globally inspired drinks — all served in super unique vessels, from raw coconuts to brass pineapples.
Just open up the Reserve app, and place a request to sip some festive cocktails this week!