There’s no doubt about it, winter has officially arrived in Boston. Chilly temperatures seep through even the thickest of coats and the season’s first snow has already fallen. Understandably, hunkering down at home instead of heading out on the town sounds mighty appealing. But, don’t forget about Boston’s cozy wine bars. Warm and comfy, the following three are excellent places to SIP back, relax, and escape the winter cold:
With its prime location on Beacon Hill’s historic Charles Street, Bin 26 Enoteca stands out before the doors even open. Characterized by red brick sidewalks, gas-lit lanterns, and lovely old brick buildings, Charles Street is one of Boston’s most beloved attractions. Inside, the space is sophisticated yet cozy, with a large angular wooden bar in the front and a host of creative accents, including an entire back wall lined with wine labels. The extensive international wine list has something for everyone, and there is a tasty food menu to accompany the drink selections, too. On a frigid, winter day, I always pair my favorite bold red with the rich, tomato-based “Papa Pomadoro” soup. Delicious!
Photo: Beacon Hill during the winter via MOTT
Boston Magazine named Belly Boston’s “2013 Best Wine Bar” and it’s hard to argue with that assessment. With exposed brick walls, rustic wooden ceilings, and intricate black-and-white patterned flooring, Belly’s interior decor is quite simply stunning. Perfectly dimmed lighting, cool background music, and elegant, understated table settings only add to the allure. The wine list is thoughtful and fun; if you’re in the mood for something new, ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff for recommendations. Oh, and don’t forget about the food menu—the “Fondue for your Crew” option is sure to warm up the soul on frosty winter evenings.
Located on Newbury Street, smack-dab in the heart of Boston’s most notable shopping district, Piattini’s Wine Café is a fine place to warm up after an afternoon of shopping. The café’s décor is warm and simple with pale yellow and crème walls, exposed brick interior beams, and a shiny corner wine bar stocked full of choices. Pick your favorite and pair it with Piattini’s simple café fare. Vegetarians should opt for the delicious Portobello Panini, chockfull of savory veggies and gooey cheese.
Katherine Sazdanoff is a freelance travel writer and resident of Beacon Hill, Boston. To chronicle her wanderlust adventures in Boston and abroad, visit her website at www.katherinesazdanoff.com.
Photo at the top courtesy of Bin 26 Enoteca via Facebook