It’s imperative to take a step back and reflect on what’s important this time of year. Like parties.
Speaking of, here are five spots for throwing your annual holiday soiree. Don’t forget your mistletoe
You Require: A cavernous, Prohibition-y enclave heavy on the pizza. You’ll Receive: Echoes of coworkers whooping at the pies flowing from the wood-fired
oven, while gearing up for bad decision-making at the white-tiled back bar. Right where Claire from IT
quietly thrashes to the live band you brought in. Go on, Claire.
Henry Long Room at the Athenaeum
You Require: A place to bring your board of directors. You’ll Receive: Posh holiday revelry that’s been waiting for you since the late 1800s.
Our suggestion: forgo the tables and keep it cocktail-y for 130. If there’s a time to discuss a promotion,
it’s when the top brass feels at home.
THE UPPER DECK
The Second Floor of Hops n Scotch
You Require: Your fantasy league’s three favorite liquids. You’ll Receive: Second-floor leather booths for flights of scotch, whiskey and suds while
overlooking Coolidge Corner. If you have a request not in the house, the owners can pull from the spirits
emporium next door, which they also own. Feel free to get creative.
Your Place. No, Really.
You Require: Some spare cash for the holidays. You’ll Receive: Your apartment listed as a rentable venue on Eventup, which just launched
in town (don’t worry, they provide insurance). After they take 15%, you get to keep whatever profit is
left over. In short: your St. Barts trip has just been paid for.
THE WINE BAR
The Back Room at Belly
You Require: A secluded feast. In a wine room. You’ll Receive: A farmstead bounty of whole roasted pork shoulder, grits and homemade
pickles at a back-room table, while you work your way through the double magnum bottles of bubbly and vino
underneath a painting of Rocky Marciano. Marciano: huge oenophile.