Boston is not tropical. Its not even close – especially after the snowiest winter of all time! But that is all the more reason that Bostonians need a few good places to escape reality and let their minds wander to somewhere warm and sandy. Boston has a wonderful array of bars and restaurants that provide tastes of southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Mexico and the Caribbean. Escape to a tropical paradise right here in Boston at one of these great bars.
39 Stanhope St.
Boston, MA 02116
Enjoy a taste of Southeast Asia right in Boston’s South End at the ever trendy Red Lantern. Stepping into the huge dining room and bar area is like taking a step into an exotic tropical paradise. It is the perfect place to enjoy a Mai Tai, a daiquiri, or a Singapore sling! The lounge also creates Asian-inspired versions of other tropical favorites like sangria, margaritas, and dark and stormies. This is the perfect place to throw your next party – the venue can accommodate large groups and it’s easy to find – it’s located near the MBTA Back Bay stop.
Barcelona Wine Bar
1700 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Barcelona is an unbeatable choice for fun cocktails. It has some of the best tropical sangria in the Boston area and also offers a fantastic drink menu, which includes some fun items like the Aye Cukarumba, the Brookline Sour, and the Barcelona Gin and Tonic. Pair one of these cocktails with some of Barcelona’s delicious tapas for the ultimate dinner. Beer and wine lovers will be happy at Barcelona as well, as there’s an extensive drink menu for both options.
6 Constellation Wharf
Boston, MA 02129
With multiple outdoor bars and picturesque water views, this is about as tropical you can get without leaving the city of Boston. Pier 6 is the top choice for young professionals and 30-somethings to grab a dark and stormy on a sunny weekend afternoon or on a Thursday after work. If you are planning to go here for dinner, make sure to call ahead. Pier 6 is a popular spot – for good reason – and fills up quickly.
348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
Drink is Boston’s top-rated cocktail bar. All you have to do is give the bartender an idea of what flavors you enjoy and the bartender will make a custom cocktail just for you! So, its no surprise that if you like tropical flavors, Drink will have you covered. Plus, Drink is located in Fort Point, just a couple of blocks from Boston Harbor and other fun tropical-themed locations like The Barking Crab, Rose Mexicana, Papagayo and more. Make a day out of it and enjoy a sunny afternoon in the neighborhood.
35 Stanhope St.
Boston, MA 02116
Of course, the most popular tropical drink is the margarita, so no list of great drinks is complete without a top notch marg included! Zocalo in Boston’s South End is the place to go for affordable, high quality Mexican food, and drinks to match. Visit Zocalo on the weekend and enjoy brunch at their bottomless bloody mary bar! Otherwise, their fun margaritas are always a great choice.
Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.