Boston bars with benefits

Hit the pool at BOKX — and then hit the bar!

BOKX Pool

BOKX’s bar-side pool might be how Michael Phelps imagines his future swim routine: take a dip, sip a summer cooler like BOKX’s frozen mojito and, later, while away the evening by the fire pits. Chow delicious pistachio-crusted salmon with sweet melon puree and pea greens, and creme brulee with a compote of big, juicy blueberries. Located inside Hotel Indigo (399 Grove St., Newton, Mass.), the pool has comfy chaises longues (yes, that’s the proper spelling, as this is not a lounge-like atmosphere!) and cabanas. Weather permitting, the pool is open daily until 8 p.m.

Area Four

The “Country Club” at Area Four (500 Technology Square, Cambridge) offers laid-back, sporty fun on the Tech Square common adjacent to the patio. There’s Frisbee and lawn darts, or go Italiano with a round of Bocce; just ask the hostess for the hardware. Apart from A4′s beyond-popular pizzas, fuel up on garlic knots supreme — gooey, marinara- and mozzarella- soaked garlic bread — or a seasonal mustard-crusted bluefish with summer squash salad. Cool down with the sophisticated, Italian-influenced Donkey Show (tequila, grapefruit and Campari), obviously named for its kick!

Liberty Hotel

After a weekend of nail-chipping bar sports, repair at the Manicure Mondays at Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St., Boston). From 5:30 to 7 p.m., it hosts the mini-manicure event in the courtyard. Every Monday throughout August, MiniLuxe staffers utilize bespoke polish (without formal-dehyde, toluene, DBP and synthetic camphor) and paraben- and sulfate-free LemonAide cream and scrub. Post-polish, relax with live light music and the Liberty’s low-cal Refresh watermelon martini. Nibble, say, some burrata with baby beets, but wait until those nails are dry, huh?  Linda laban



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

New Yorkers are nation's unhappiest residents: Study

New Yorkers aren't a happy bunch, at least to a new study released by a nonprofit economic research group.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Movies

From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy,' a list…

French filmmaker Luc Besson has created a cottage industry of junk cinema. Here are his many unique action heroes, including Liam Neeson and "Lucy"'s Lucy.

Movies

Review: 'Lucy,' with Scarlett Johansson, is smart, stupid…

Luc Besson's "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson gains increased control over her brain, is a film about smart and stupid but always enjoyable.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.