Urban Grape Pool Party

I can’t believe that two years have passed since I made my first visit to The Urban Grape, the then-brand-new wine store in Chestnut Hill. Fast forward two years, and store owners TJ and Hadley are not only celebrating the store’s anniversary, but they are full speed ahead planning the Urban Grape South End. They’ve done an amazing job of creating not just a store that houses great wine, beer, and spirits, but a place where people want to hang out. Their events are always a blast, and when I found out they were having an anniversary party at the Hotel Indigo in Newton, I was literally the first person to RSVP.

I made it back from the Cape with about an hour to spare before the party, went home, got ready, and was on-the-go again, ready for a pool party on a perfect early June evening.

The Hotel Indigo restaurant, Bokx 109 features the Bokx pool, a fabulous outdoor party space more reminiscent of Miami than Newton! It’s definitely a hidden gem. Hotel Indigo

The Urban Grape stocked the party with tasting tables from their favorite distributors and producers who poured at tables surrounding the pool area. For a complete list of wines, beers, and spirits poured, you can visit the Urban Grape blog.

Hotel Indigo pool

As guests arrived, we were handed Scharffenberger sparkling wine to kick off the festivities. I’ve been a fan ever since our visit to Scharffenberger this spring.

Scharffenberger sparkling wine

Other tasting tables included Slane Castle whiskey, a favorite of ours.

Slane Castle whiskey

And a few tables featuring wines from different distributors. Standouts for me included the Gosset Champagne and Grgich Hills Fume Blanc.


Bully Boy

Local favorites, the guys from Bully Boy distillers were there pouring a delicious, summery drink with their white rum. Love their spirits and the labels!

Bully Boy

We also tasted our first (but definitely not our last) High & Mighty beer. We loved the super fresh and refreshing Beer of the Gods, but I think my favorite was the Fumata Bianca, a smoky beer with a hint of bacon flavor. The High & Mighty table also happened to be one of the most fun; it certainly drew a crowd!

High & Mighty Beer

It was so fun to get together with other bloggers, to run into old friends, and to celebrate the success of a couple who has worked really hard to build a creative, fun store that has brought so many people together. The Urban Grape is definitely doing local business right, and I can.not.wait until the South End location opens. We might move in. Winking smile

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Tags: Boston, Bully Boy, cocktails, events, hotels, Urban Grape, wine

  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I have not been out there, but it looks like a beautiful location – definitely looking forward to the downtown store opening!


  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I was soo bummed I couldn’t go to this. I had work to finish up but I totally should have blown it off. Looked like a gorgeous evening!


  3. Michelle’s avatar

    A pool party is a fabulous way to celebrate an anniversary!


  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I want to dive in that pool!


  5. Girly Green Girl’s avatar

    I was there and had so much fun! I especially loved the Bully Boy table, it was such a pleasant surprise. I skipped the whiskey and beer but glad to hear it was just as good as the delicious wines!

    ~ GGG


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I am sorry I didn’t get to meet you! Hopefully we can connect at another UG event.


    2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      Yay Urban Grape! I still haven’t tried Bully Boy rum. And Fumata Bianca? Nice name :)


    3. Megan’s avatar

      Sounds like it was a great party! Wish I had been able to make it!


    4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

      I was so sorry to miss this. Looks like a great event! UG definitely deserves all the success they’ve had so far.


    5. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee’s avatar

      such a great party! I love UG!!!


    6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      Wien and a pool – sounds excellent. And looks like it was a beautiful evening!


    7. Daisy’s avatar

      looks like a perfect summer evening and a great celebration!


    8. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

      So great to see you! That Aperol Spritz was one of my favorites!


    9. Molly Galler’s avatar

      Looks like a fabulous event! Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!


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