Thursday, February 18, 2016

Spring Into These Wicked Awesome Boston Venues

With warmer weather comes more reason to get out and enjoy your surroundings. If you're planning any events this spring, whether family reunions or company outings, we've got some new places for you to try out. From catching a game at Fenway to community rowing, here are some wicked awesome Boston venues to spring into!

Hotel Commonwealth

1. Hotel Commonwealth

Hotel Commonwealth underwent a serious renovation, complete with a new wing that nearly doubled the size of the infamous Kenmore Square hotel. Highlights of the project take advantage of the hotel’s location near Fenway Park. The new Fenway Park Suite is decorated with Red Sox memorabilia, and a 1,500-square-foot terrace overlooks the ballpark. The outdoor space holds 250 guests for receptions or seats 100. The renovation finished in January. You'll be singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Sweet Caroline" all night with this fever pitch of a venue!

Smoke Shop

6. Smoke Shop

Now we know what you're thinking but this is actually the opposite. Chef and World Barbecue champion Andy Husbands will open Smoke Shop in early spring. Housed in the former Tommy Doyle’s (we've had some good times there) space in Cambridge, the 5,000-square-foot restaurant has undergone complete reconstruction and will provide event spaces that will hold as many as 200. There will be two spaces for semiprivate events: one in the traditional dining room for 34 guests, and another for 65 guests that combines the bar space and high-top tables. A seasonal patio will accommodate 40. We are so excited to test this kitchen out!

Southern Kin Cookhouse

7. Southern Kin Cookhouse

Assembly row continues to grow with this ne dining experience! Southern fare is headed to Somerville with Southern Kin Cookhouse, a comfortable new venue slated to open in the spring. The menu will feature more than 100 American whiskeys and comfort food such as pulled pork biscuits. The 5,000-square-foot space, equipped with audiovisual capabilities, will seat about 100 guests in an environment of reclaimed wood and crimson textures and accents. In nicer weather, a wraparound patio will hold more than 60 guests. We bet they have some chicken and waffles on their menu--at least we hope so because it's our favorite. Can't wait to feast at this cookhouse!

A Taste of Rock-n-Roll

9. Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ and Roastin’ Cafe

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is taking his popular coffee line and expanding into the café business. Located at the intersection of Routes 1 and 1A, the 1,500-square-foot Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ and Roastin’ Cafe will appeal to the breakfast crowd. Opening in early April, it will offer diverse coffee options alongside fresh baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. The venue seats about 20 people. A seasonal patio spanning an additional 1,500 square feet will seat 22. Perfect way to start your day and a neat place to meet up. The décor alone gets us inspired, we can only imagine what some coffee might do!

Row, row!

4. Community Rowing

In December, the public rowing club Community Rowing opened up its new indoor rowing studio for private events. Located on the second floor of the Harry Parker Boathouse, the 500-square-foot space is available for drop-in rowing classes or for private events. For private event rental, it seats 35 theater-style or holds 50 for receptions. Teambuilding sessions for as many as 12 people are available, with classes taught by rowers training for the United States Olympic team. A bonding experience unlike any other! We love this idea!

So once snow is no longer on the radar and it's warm enough for flats, get everyone together for a taste of spring at any of these wicked awesome Boston venues and devour the details of a one-of-a-kind outing!

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