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By Samantha DiMauro / January 2, 12:00 AM
Dinner and a Movie: Snowstorm Style

Braving Boston’s winter weather doesn’t have to be scary. While the wind whips up the first snowstorm of the New Year, make your snowy night out a warm and comfortable one.

First, you'll want to find a fireplace. The subterranean Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square makes a comfy storm sanctuary. Their renowned happy hour takes place nightly and offers anything on the menu for half price with the purchase of a beverage. Also try The Fireplace in Brookline (pictured) and Hungry I in Beacon Hill. 

For a snug and fuzzy feeling, indulge in a winter warmer of the liquid variety. Downtown, Back Deck serves a Hot Spiced Apple Cider spiked with Old Ipswich spiced rum. Backbar in Somerville mixes up your classic Hot Toddy with aged rum, vermouth and bitters with hot water. Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square offers a selection of cold weather cocktails including Hot Buttered Rum (old monk rum, house butter batter and nutmeg) and the Café Sheridan (Irish whiskey, coffee and whipped cream).

Teetotalling for the new year? L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop & Café in Back Bay and Harvard Square serves gourmet hot chocolate made with dark, milk or white chocolate, as well as an Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha. Paris Creperie in Brookline offers a delightful selection of Nutella chocolate drinks like Raspberry Nutella Hot Chocolate and a Nutella Latte. And Met Back Bay gives you the full “Boston Hot Chocolate Experience” with flights featuring four different flavors, including Mexican Hot Chocolate made with Taza Guajillo Chili Chocolate, and Salted Almond Hot Chocolate topped with an almond biscotti.

After filling your belly, sidle out of the snow and into the comforts of your new favorite flick. The coziest cinemas includes Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, which screens indies, documentaries, foreign films and more. And the Art Deco Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline offers everything from cult classics to the latest blockbusters.
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