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86º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:10 a.m. | Sunset 8:14 p.m. | High tides 9:50 a.m. and 10:02 p.m. | Low tides 3:39 a.m. and 3:50 p.m.

Spilling the tea on our July plans
Three side by side images: pineapple frozen margarita, hot coffee cup, and Sam Adams beer
Frozen margaritas in pineapples, new coffee shops, and Boston’s best breweries — we want to share about it all. | Photos by BOStoday team
Calling beverage lovers of all kinds. Last summer, we served you Drink Up Week and spotlighted some of Boston’s best beverages, from a guide to espresso martinis to a coffee crawl itinerary and a Q+A with local mixologist.

This year, the celebration will be even bigger, with Drink Up Month taking over July. It’s definitely a glass half-full kind of situation.

What is Drink Up Month?

We want to shine a spotlight on the people and places that make Boston’s beverage scene special. Think: craft breweries, coffee shops, tea rooms, and cider houses.

The best part? You get to help shape our coverage. Take this quick survey to have your say in the BOStoday drink content we serve up this summer.

There are no wrong answers here. If you want to dive deeper into Boston’s Dunkin’ obsession, discover coffee shop specials, or get a guide to rooftop bars, now’s the time to let us know.

How to participate

For our local pubs, cafes, bubble tea shops, and everything in between — we want you to get involved. Email us to chat about collaborating during Drink Up Month.

This could mean creating a month-long drink special, hosting an event with our team, or sharing a locally inspired recipe with our readers. Here’s a review of last year’s specials for inspiration.

We’ll have more information on Drink Up Month participants, events, and activities to come — but for now, we hope this fills your cup, Boston.
Which local businesses would you like to see in our Drink Up Month coverage?

It’s time to nominate your favorite local beverage spots.
Thursday, May 25
  • Sofar Sounds Concert | Thursday, May 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | $26 | The location has been revealed for this intimate concert experience — take the T to Haymarket to discover a new musical artist.
  • Mattapan Drop-in Hours | Thursday, May 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Boston Public Library Mattapan Branch, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Boston | Free | Boston Transportation Department and MBTA planners will be on hand to answer questions about the Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan.
Friday, May 26
  • Boston Calling | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | See the schedule | Harvard Athletic Complex, 65 N. Harvard St., Boston | $160+ | Rock out at the local three-day music festival with headlining performances from the Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, and Paramore — here are some reminders before you go.
Saturday, May 27
  • Summer Sipper | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St., Everett | Free to attend | Kick off summer with the distillery’s annual street party (think: live music, outdoor bars, and a blueberry eating contest).
Sunday, May 28
  • Memorial Day Weekend Party at NASH | Sunday, May 28 | 2-8 p.m. | Nash Bar & Stage, 253 Tremont St., Boston | $30 | Pre-purchase tickets or visit the country bar for first come, first served entry to enjoy live music, food + drinks.
Monday, May 29
  • Memorial Day Open House | Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston | Free | Visit the arts museum for free admission + access to the “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence” special exhibition.
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News Notes
  • Boston City Council approved the new council districts map yesterday in a 10-2 majority vote. The updated map includes changes to the Dorchester, Mattapan, and South End district boundaries + is expected to go into effect for the municipal elections this fall. (Boston Globe)
  • The City of Boston awarded $711,000 to 15 immigration services nonprofits. Grantees include Project Citizenship, which will help permanent residents apply for US citizenship + the International Institute of New England, which supports refugees applying for permanent residency.
  • This year’s Boston Marathon raised a record-breaking total of $40.2 million for more than 200 nonprofit organizations. The annual marathon’s previous record was the $38.7 million raised in 2019. (WCVB 5)
  • ~37,000. That’s how many flags will be on display at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common today through Monday, May 29. Each flag honors one Massachusetts service member who has fallen in the line of service since the Revolutionary War.
  • Check the AAA traffic advisory before hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend — Friday, May 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. is expected to be the worst travel time for drivers. Nantucket to Boston via Pilgrims Highway will see peak congestion Monday, May 29 at 8 p.m.
Plan Ahead
  • Get ready for a little faith, trust, and pixie dust at an upcoming Peter Pan-inspired pop-up experience. The immersive “Neverland” bar opens Wednesday, Sept. 27 with themed cocktails + plenty of photo opportunities — tickets are on sale now for $47.
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
💧 We’ll all float on okay in Back Bay
Colonnade Hotel RTP at night.
The pool stays open until 9 p.m. throughout the season. | Photo provided by Colonnade Hotel RTP
It’s almost time to make a splash from 12 stories above Back Bay this summer — Boston’s only rooftop pool with public access opens for the season on Tuesday, May 30.

RTP at The Colonnade Hotel will be open to non-hotel guests starting at 10 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, plus Sundays after 2 p.m., for a $50 fee. Note: The pool is 21+ after 5 p.m.

Channel your inner Sharpay Evans on a chaise lounge or rent a private cabana to really feel “Fabulous.” Pro tip: Make use of the free sunscreen dispensers, courtesy of Impact Melanoma.

The poolside food menu features Caribbean chicken tenders, sesame tuna bao buns, and a true New England classic: lobster rolls. Guests can also sip drinks like the “Boston Hurricane” with rum and coconut or a frosty frosé.

RTP operates on a first come, first served basis. Read: You’ll want to arrive early to secure a spot.
The Wrap
Sara Frazier in front of a brick wall Today’s edition by:
From the editor
As someone who loves a sweet treat (made locally, of course), I’m excited to try a bite from Southie Cookie. Maude Gagnon started the business from her South Boston apartment, and now the desserts are selling like hot cakes — or hot cookies.

Set a reminder to snag a salted chocolate chip or “party animal” when the cookies are restocked online each Sunday at 5 p.m.
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