Many Boston residents enjoy a night out combining food and wine with a festive atmosphere. Hotels, museums, and wine shops offer events and tastings held in the evening that pair socializing with wine education and tasty snacks. Check out these activities in the Boston area to expand your palate especially with summer weather just around the corner. – By Emily Olson

(Photo Credit: Liberty Hotel)

Liberty Hotel

215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 224-4000
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Looking for a cocktail after work, but need to take your dog on a walk? Look no further than the Liberty Hotel to combine drinks with a canine-friendly atmosphere. Wednesday night happy hour is known as Yappier Hour at the Liberty Hotel’s back “yard”. Owners order from Clink’s food and beverage menu while pets enjoy doggie treats from Four Preppy Paws and Dogwood Cottage.

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Sel de la Terre

1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 650-1800
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Every Tuesday evening Sel de la Terre in Natick offers a four-course chef’s tasting dinner reflective of seasonal ingredients and a specific wine region. Diners sit at communal tables to eat, drink, and discuss their experience with the restaurant’s sommelier. As a sister restaurant to L’Espalier, this wine dinner series offers an exceptional value and chance to learn more about a wine region.

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Urban Grape

7 Boylston Street
Brookline, MA 02467
(617) 232-4831 ‎

Known for being a neighborhood store with a friendly atmosphere and serious wine acumen, the Urban Grape offers wine tastings on a regular basis in addition to their shelf-serve, 16 bottle Enoline Elite tasting machine. These wines change on a monthly basis giving customers the advantage of tasting something new and different. The husband and wife ownership team focus on a well-organized store that reduces any intimidation about wine.

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774 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
(616) 262-3023

Ever wanted to dine at L’Espalier and enjoy a meal under the guidance of both the chef and wine director? On Monday evenings, the restaurant hosts a weekly wine dinner serving a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings composed by the chef and wine director. Going strong since 2002, Wine Mondays is a delightful treat that gives guests a sneak peek at dishes that might appear on the L’Espalier’s prix fixe menu.

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Central Bottle & Provisions

196 Mass. Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 225-0040

Central Bottle & Provisions hosts its themed “Wine Bar” events on Thursday evenings. Combine wine or beer tastings with food pairings (like the $1 Myers + Chang dumpling night), and you get a party that carries you through the weekend.

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 369-6500
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Enjoy the warm weather mixing wine and fine art. Spend your Wednesdays this summer at the MFA’s Winesdays, monthly wine tastings featuring a different winemaker. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend for a sampling of featured wines and snacks. Tickets are $25.

A Southern girl born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Emily Olson is pursuing a master’s degree in gastronomy at Boston University. On the weekends, she can be found at farmer’s markets, wine tastings, and testing new recipes in her kitchen all documented on her blog