Well January is officially here- pretty much the most depressing time of year here in Boston. Sure, the hope of a new year is great, but now that the holidays are over it’s just cold weather and short days without the festive fun.
It’s around this time of year that Bostonians tend to hibernate. MJD and I have binged quite a few shows during January and I’m wondering what will be on our list these next few months. At a certain point though the Netflix queue has dried up and you start suffering from stir craziness if you hibernate too long. If I’m looking to get out to break up the stir crazy I look for one of two things when picking a restaurant – either some place close to home that we can walk to or a super cozy place that feels like being home but better. There are a few spots in Boston that meet this criteria and are as cozy as my sweater:
Oak Long Bar– Stephanie and I snapped these pics in the lobby section of the Oak Long Bar. With fireplaces, a wood burning oven, and a great red wine selection, I love visiting this spot inside the Fairmont Copley for a cozy night. I haven’t been for brunch yet but MJD has gone for breakfast and says it is great for that too!
Bastille Kitchen– With its’ chalet bar and cozy but chic decor, Bastille is French restaurant meets ski lodge. And since I’m all/only about the apres ski life, I’m on board with sipping wine on one of their couches or warming up with a delish bowl of French onion soup.
Stephi’s On Tremont– When we lived in the South End, this was one of our snow day go-to’s because it was walkable and it has some of the best comfort food. MJD loves the meatloaf. I’m all about the onion rings and the Mac & cheese!
Gaslight- Another cozy spot in the South End- Gaslight is a romantic french brasserie. It’s candlelit dining room is one I’d be happy to frequent during the winter months. Their bread comes out warm (and it is amazing) and the moules frites are my favorite. If you live outside the city and are driving in, they have complimentary parking which is a plus too as you can minimize the time outside!
Boston friends, what are some of your favorite cozy spots in the city?
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Photography by Stephanie Krist