Creative Cocktails and Scenic Sights at The Envoy Boston

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Bahston ain’t Nu Yawk. We all know that. One roots for Brady, the other…honestly, I don’t know anything about sports. Regardless, there is one similarity – both cities are under full construction and have fantastic spots to dine, drink, see and stay.

Boston is currently redeveloping the once-gritty, now-trendy Seaport District – or shall we say “Innovation District” – by building sky-high housing and hotels like Marriott’s latest Autograph concept, The Envoy Hotel. Believe it or not, this 136-room, polished hotel overlooking Fort Point Channel in Boston Harbor used to be a crummy parking lot just over two years ago. #FunFact

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Today, guests have access to contemporary rooms and sleek suites mixing brights interiors with casual New England traditions plus killer skyline and waterfront views. There’s a sophisticated lobby that acts as a communal social and work space, and two on-site dining/drinking options fittingly named: Outlook Kitchen + Bar, a stylish restaurant and buzzy bar, and Lookout Rooftop + Bar, an impressive rooftop lounge atop the hotel. The Envoy is the ideal home for business and leisure travelers alike. And with the Boston Marathon happening next month, it is time to put the City of Champions back in your sights.

Outlook Kitchen + Bar

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Get the night started at the striking Outlook bar, powered by mix-master Brian McDougall, that offers various creative concoctions and microbrews like the Thunder Funk IPA from Bent Water Brewery out of Lynn, MA. We can say it’s more whiskey driven, according to the array of small-batch bourbons and single malt Scotches. There’s a carefully-curated list of single vineyards wines, too – not to mention freshly-pressed juices, mixers and sodas for endless crafting.

Too shamefaced to sip a real Manhattan in Boston? Select the Mission Statement (and get shitfaced). The redolent rendition includes fig and pecan-infused bourbon, Spanish vermouth and whisky barrel bitters; stirred and served straight up with a fig finish. Strongly recommended: Spanish Octopus to accompany the mentioned ‘tail. Served with green harissa, caramelized onions and blistered tomatoes – This dish is damn-delish. Props to Executive Chef Tatiana Pairot Rosana for the cool, contemporary-American fare with local and seasonal inspiration (also available via room service).

Keep in mind, there’s live music – typically Monday through Wednesday – from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. No need to snag a window seat – every table in the house offers unparalleled views of the harbor (and the bumpin’ Barking Crab shack). “We have something for everyone, a quiet dinner, drinks with friends after work, or celebrating life events.” McDougall adds.

Lookout Rooftop + Bar

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Post-dinner (and drinks), rise up seven stories to Lookout Rooftop + Bar (for more drinks).

Expect perfectly-chilled ‘tails on the comfy outdoor couches during balmy, summer months, and hot, boozy mugs in the heated igloos during the bone-chilling months. This exclusive igloo “pop-up” bar – available Wednesday through Saturday (until mid-April) from 4:00PM to 10:00PM – consists of six, heated igloos complete with fleece blankets and space for eight to ten friends, coworkers, whoever.

Hit the button inside to illuminate the igloo and notify your cocktail server of your request. What should it be? Brian’s Barrel Aged….. {Constantly Aging} – a mixture of full-bodied bourbon, ruby port, vermouth, triple sec and bitters; shaken and served over a single ice sphere with a cherry on top. Just order, adore, and absorb the scenic sights.

“Our focus is on the experience whether it be drinking a nice glass of wine while enjoying an outstanding dinner at Outlook, or sipping on a custom cocktail at Lookout while taking in the unmatched views of the city. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a diverse experience.” McDougall notes.

Brian’s Barrel Aged recipe

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  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • .5 oz. Port
  • .25 oz. Cointreau
  • .25 oz. Antica Carpano
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

The Envoy Boston Details

70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210, 617-338-3030, www.theenvoyhotel.com, @envoyboston

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