A city-sweeping rooftop view is worth a thousand likes — or if you're a trendy new hotel, it's one of the reasons why your outdoor bar stays packed from May through September. However, in a city like Boston, where the wind chill is wicked in the un-cool sense, how do you make use of your killer views through the winter?
Well, the Envoy clearly has it figured out. The Waterfront hotel has a fleet of six see-through "igloos" that popped up on their Lookout bar patio earlier this month.
"The igloos are technically for gardening," explains Lookout Rooftop and Bar's General Manager Rob Saunders. "We were trying to figure out ways to utilize the rooftop space, so we put some LED lights, a [space] heater and a ceiling light fixture into them."
And boom — igloo.
Each space can seat eight to 10 people, and is on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday through Saturday nights. There's a one-drink minimum per guest, but don't worry, you won't ever have to step into the cold when you need a refill.
"We installed a light fixture with a red bulb in each igloo," explains Saunders. "When you turn the light on, a cocktail server knows you're ready for a refill."
The igloo pop-up will serve the Lookout's cocktail menu, as well as some specialty hot drinks for the season. They can also be booked ahead for two-hour increments, with no rental fee — just call ahead to the restaurant. (The aforementioned beverage minimum still applies.)
The glowing igloos at Lookout will be up through mid-April, and Saunder's team plans to retire them for the season until the chill hits again come next October.
Consider them this year's Lawn on D swings.
If you go:
Thurs.-Sat. at 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar
The Envoy Hotel
70 Sleeper St.