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37º | Sunny | 6% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:12 a.m. | Sunset 4:28 p.m.

Readers choice: Sling of the Summer
A red Summer Sling sitting on a bar.
The Summer Sling cocktails will be served in tall glasses. | Photo by @willisaza
This Drink Up month, we’ve teamed up with Cafe Gloria owner + Boston Brand Ambassador for Singani 63 Will Isaza for a friendly cocktail competition. We need your help to pick your favorite summer cocktail in the Sling of the Summer contest.

Fun fact: A sling is a type of cocktail historically made with sugar, hot or cold water, nutmeg, and a spirit. For this competition, the competitors will be using the Latin American spirit Singani 63. Today, a sling cocktail is made with various ingredients, meaning every local bartender can have a creative interpretation of the drink.

Here’s how you can vote on your favorite Summer Sling.

Visit one of the participating bars and order the Summer Sling from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21. Voting is now open for you to help us determine the “Readers Choice” for the best summer sip. Will Isaza will also judge the drinks based on the following criteria:
  • Cocktail name
  • Creativity
  • Flavor and balance
  • Cocktail appearance and presentation
Ready to get sippin’? Here’s where to go:
  • Alexis Vazquez | Backbar, 7 Sanborn Ct., Somerville
  • Jen LaForge | Blossom Bar, 295 Washington St., Brookline
  • Jenna Simon | Shore Leave, 11 William E. Mullins Way
  • Jesse Lane | The Baldwin Bar, 2 Alfred St., Woburn
  • Jesse Potts + Jake Smith | Uni, 370A Commonwealth Ave.
  • John McElroy | Atlantico, 600 Harrison Ave.
  • Katie Weismann | Spoke Wine Bar, 89 Holland St., Somerville
  • Nicole Baker | Pammy’s, 928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
  • Oscar Simoza | The Wig Shop, 27 Temple Pl.
  • Ryan Polhemus | Offsuit, 5 Utica St.
Stay tuned as we highlight the summer slings and celebrate our local hospitality industry. Follow along on Instagram for updates.
Monday, July 17
  • Roslindale Neighborhood Concert | Monday, July 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Fallon Field, 910 South St., Roslindale | Free | This neighborhood concert will feature tunes from “Divas with a Twist.”
  • Seaport Sweat: Peaches Guaranteed | Monday, July 17-Monday, Sept. 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave., Boston | Free | Get your workout in at this 45-minute circuit style class that rotates through six to 10 stations.
Tuesday, July 18
  • The Dennis Brennan Band with Duke and Kevin | Tuesday, July 18 | 7-11 p.m. | Boston Harbor Distillery, 12R Ericsson St., Boston | $20-$25 | Doors open at 7 p.m. for this show featuring local performer Dennis Brennan.
  • Peter Frampton | Tuesday, July 18 | 8 p.m. | MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St., Boston | $42-$122 | Get tickets to see the “Never Say Never Tour” at the Fenway music venue.
Wednesday, July 19
  • $1 Franks on National Hot Dog Day | Wednesday, July 19 | 4 p.m.-1 a.m. | The Silhouette Lounge, 200 Brighton Ave., Allston | Price of purchase | Celebrate with $1 all-beef hot dogs at the neighborhood dive bar.
Thursday, July 20
  • The Summer Pink Party | Thursday, July 20 | 6-10 p.m. | Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, 450 Summer St., Boston | $40 | This fashion show will feature pieces from the designer Mel’s 2023 Barbie collection + a portion of the proceeds will support the Miss Pink Organization.
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There’s still time for this must-see experience
A full-scale model of NASA's Perseverance Rover at the Museum of Science.
See a full-scale model of NASA’s Perseverance Rover at their newest exhibit “AI: Making the Invisible Visible.” | Photo provided by the Museum of Science
Have you always dreamed of exploring another planet? Enter: Mars Spotlight at the Museum of Science, the beginning of your journey to Mars.

Through a number of in-person and virtual experiences, the Museum’s new Mars Spotlight highlights the wonder and possibilities of venturing to the Red Planet.

Gain insight into the complexity, opportunity, and awe of Mars and dream up what might be possible. Here’s how you can experience it:
  • In-person: Through the Museum’s on-site exhibits, live presentations, and in-classroom activities.
  • Virtually: Get the same sense of adventure with virtual learning experiences like summer reading adventures and pre-recorded videos.
Bonus: Get tickets to the Planetarium to experience “Explore: Mars LIVE!” and “Destination Mars: The New Frontier.”
News Notes
  • Prepare for the sugar rush — Sugar Skulls is now open inside High Street Place. The new ice cream shop will serve up treats like ice cream tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches, crepes, and boozy ice cream floats.
Real Estate
  • Boston is one of the top five cities where most of the homes for sale are listed above $1 million, according to a July report by Point2. The four cities ahead of Boston are Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. Boston ranks higher than three of these cities when looking at ultra-luxury listings. Read: Homes priced at $5+ million.
Drink Up
  • We’re a little over halfway through Drink Up month — how many breweries have you visited for the Brewery Passport? Readers who visit the five breweries + complete our digital passport will be entered to win one of two gift baskets with prizes valued ~$100 each. Think: Hats, stickers, glassware, gift cards, and more.
  • Join Comfort Kitchen for a delicious and educational afternoon learning about Boston’s first freestanding birth center on Sunday, Aug. 6. There will be two sessions at 4 p.m. + 5:30 p.m. to hear from the founder of Neighborhood Birth Center about community midwifery. Tickets start at $150.
  • In Between Days Festival will partner with 1 Million Strong to bring a sober-supportive experience to the two-day festival at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy. The event is scheduled for Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 and will feature two stages of music, headlined by Modest Mouse and Lord Huron, plus a dozen New England acts.
Featured Home
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
  • On our wish list: the NETVUE Smart Bird Feeder. It identifies bird species + captures live, high-quality footage you can save or share from your phone.*
BPDA to play ball with Fenway Corners
A rendering of the future grand staircase in the Fenway Corners development.
The Fenway Corners development will create new public spaces like this future grand staircase. | Rendering provided by WS Development
The BPDA said the new Fenway Corners development is a homerun. Not really, but the planning agency did give the approval for the $1.6 billion development that will dramatically change the area surrounding “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

The Fenway Corners project by WS Development is expected to add new housing, retail, office space, daycare, and improve connectivity with new sidewalks, bike lanes + access to the Lansdowne Station. Plus, the 3.7-acre area will be transformed to incorporate new public spaces along Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street, Jersey Street, and Van Ness Street.

Here’s a quick by the numbers breakdown:
  • 400,000 sqft
  • Eight mixed-use buildings, each subject to BPDA approval and community feedback
  • 266 residential units, 53 income-restricted units
  • 40+ new retail shops
  • ~4,000 permanent jobs
  • $1 million investment for public art installations
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