Welcome to Tips Included, a digest of the most important (and interesting) Boston restaurant and bar news right now. Each week, we bring you can’t-miss food events and openings, from neighborhood food festivals and pop-up dinners to the newest places to get your brunch fix. Looking for more food news? Check out everything going on in the Boston food scene at boston.com/food.
$4 ale at Hopsters Brewing Company
Boston may still have a ban on happy hour, but Hopsters is making up for it by launching a special baseball beer starting Monday for just $4 per pint. The crushable ale — called, fittingly, Red Sox Nation Ale — was brewed specifically for the World Series, and will be available all week at the Seaport location. (Monday, Oct. 22 through Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.; Hopsters Brewing Company, Boston; $4)
Pizza with the Pros
This monthly series at Eataly’s restaurant La Pizza and La Pasta will return on Wednesday for a showdown between former Patriots Jarvis Green and Rob Ninkovich. They’ll don aprons and make their own Neapolitan pizzas to raise money for a charity of their choice. Vote for your favorite pizza, pose for photos with the athletes-turned-chefs, and sip on plenty of wine. (Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.; La Pizza and La Pasta, Eataly, Boston; $25)
Now in its third year, Boston Public Market’s Harvest Party is a bona fide way to celebrate fall. Tickets include beer and cider samples, food from more than 30 of the market’s vendors, photo ops with a giant pumpkin, live music, auction prizes, and the chance to win a $500 shopping spree. (Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $50)
Devil’s Dinner Party
This party will have everything: a multi-course dinner. A burlesque dancer. Satanic rituals. The Satanic Temple in Salem is hosting its very first Devil’s Dinner Party, an immersive event where diners are encouraged to wear their best surrealist attire. Black works, too. (Thursday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.; The Satanic Temple of Salem, Salem; $125)
“Stranger Things” pop-up
Hawkins, Ind. will come to Boston this week with a “Stranger Things” pop-up bar at Precinct Kitchen and Bar. Starting on Friday and continuing until Nov. 16, the ’80s-themed destination will feature waffle sliders, Barb-themed cocktails, TV dinners, and synth pop galore. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite adventure-seeking middle schooler. (Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.; Precinct Kitchen and Bar, Boston; prices vary)
Witches & Wizards Feast
On Friday, City Winery will work a bit of magic and transform into Hogwarts’ Great Hall, where guests can feast on seasonal dishes at communal tables representing each Hogwarts House. Sip on Polyjuice, beer and chicken stew, pumpkin pie, and more, all while playing Harry Potter trivia offered throughout the evening. Costumes (and wands) are encouraged. (Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $75)
Spooky Brews Boston
This one’s for all the beer fans. Hop Culture will throw a suds-soaked Halloween party at the Cyclorama, complete with bites, unlimited pours from breweries across the country, a DJ, and all the Halloween-themed merch your heart desires. GA and designated driver tickets are still available. (Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $20–$85)
Fried chicken for the win
Fuku, chef David Chang’s fried chicken spot, opened over the weekend with spicy fried chicken sandwiches, loaded Volcano fries, and orange slushies. Try the BOS, a Boston-only sandwich topped with crispy squash rings. (If you think this sounds like the perfect stoner food, well, you wouldn’t be wrong.)
Trillium brews something new: food
Trillium’s new restaurant and brewery, which opened one block away from Fuku on Friday, serves pastrami sandwiches, lobster rolls, and curated meat, fish, and vegetable trays, along with the brewery’s popular beers. If you’re looking for something new to drink, opt for a beer from the brewery’s new gluten-reduced Lock & Key series. Trillium Fort Point is currently in soft open, but the restaurant will offer a larger menu after the grand opening on Oct. 29.
The West End gets a new dining destination
Over in the West End, Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli has opened his first restaurant at Lovejoy Wharf. Alcove focuses on seafood and vegetables, and its location right near the Garden makes it an easy spot for grabbing a burger and a drink before a Celtics game this week.
More pizza lands in Davis Square
Regina Pizzeria may have just won the No.1 spot on TripAdvisor’s list of Best Pizzerias in the U.S., but we’ve got our sights set on another pizzeria: Mortadella Head, which recently opened in Davis Square. Roman-style pizzas range in options from Wake & Bake (white sauce, scrambled egg, sausage) and The 212 (sauerkraut, pastrami, Swiss cheese) to Buffalo chicken (red sauce, buffalo fried chicken, feta), along with chicken wings and towering deli sandwiches. Welcome to the neighborhood, Mortadella.