Free Wine in Boston

Follow our foolproof guide to free wine in Boston to taste the best vino in the city every day. From liquor stores to wine boutiques, try before you buy. Here's a day-by-day cheat sheet of where you can get a first taste of delicious pours at the wallet-friendly price of, well, free. Note that the deals aren't always limited to wine, many stores also pour tastes of liquor and beer.



(Photo: Christine Liu)

Updated: June 23, 2010

Free Wine in Boston: Wednesday


Rialto

1 Bennett St (Charles Hotel), Cambridge, MA 02138

WHEN: 5pm-8pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: In the bar area only.


Federal Wine & Spirits Inc

29 State St, Boston, MA 02109

WHEN: 5pm-7pm.


Bokx 109

339 Grove St, Newton, MA 02462

WHEN: 5:30pm-6:30pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The event is technically an amuse-bouche tasting (translation: focused on hors d'oeuvres), so bring your post-work Hump Day appetite.


Free Wine in Boston: Thursday


Free Wine in Boston: Friday


Ball Square Fine Wines

716 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

WHEN: Wine 4:30pm-7:30pm, beer 5pm-7pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Since Ball Square offers scrumptious samplings of both beer and wine, tasters can try varietals and brews alike. However, the tastings operate on different schedules, but overlap in the 5pm-7pm range.


Bottles

372 Commercial St, Boston, MA 02109

WHEN: 5pm-8pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The schedule fluctuates between free wine and beer tastings. Look online for details.


Formaggio Kitchen Inc

244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

WHEN: 5pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Customers usually have to purchase tickets for classes at Formaggio Kitchen, but free Friday tastings occur on occasion. Call ahead to check the upcoming schedule.


The Wine Bottega

341 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

WHEN: 5pm-8pm.


Free Wine in Boston: Saturday


BLM Wine + Spirits

1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA 02134

WHEN: 1pm-5pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Tastings are often themed (sustainable spirits, gifts for dads and grads, etc.), so look up the schedule online before trotting off to score free wine in Boston.


Cambridge Liquors & Wines

202 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

WHEN: 2pm-5pm.


Magnolia Wine Co

130 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472

WHEN: 3pm-5pm.


Free Wine in Boston: Multi-Day


Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits

1300 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

WHEN: Thu-Fri 6pm-8pm, Sat 4pm-7pm.


Reservoir Wines & Spirits Inc

1922 Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135

WHEN: Beer Thu 5pm-7pm, wine Sat 2pm-4pm.


Brix Wine Shop

1284 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

WHEN: Fri-Sat, 6pm-8pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: This South End location differs from the Broad street location in the scheduling of wine tastings.


Boston Wine Exchange

181 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110

WHEN: Thu-Fri 4pm-6pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Despite its name, Boston Wine Exchange doesn't limit itself to wine sampling; it also offer beers and spirits.


Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet

27 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

WHEN: Beer Thursday nights, wine Friday nights.


Wine Gallery

375 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445

WHEN: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Instead of offering a steady stream of weekly tasting events, Wine Gallery offers a 48-bottle stocked jukebox of different wine brands, vineyards and varietals. Check the website for semi-weekly tastings. THE EXTRAS: Live more towards the city? The Wine Gallery also has a location in Kenmore Square, which offers free valet parking.


Free Beer in Boston: Breweries


Harpoon Brewery

306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

WHEN: Mon-Tue 4pm, Wed-Fri 2pm and 4pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: These weekday tastings are complimentary and feature a narrated tasting of Harpoon's brews. Weekend tours ($5) start at 11:30am on Saturdays and 12pm on Sundays, starting on every half hour, and include a souvenir Harpoon pint cup.


Samuel Adams Brewery Co

30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

WHEN: Mon-Thu 10am-3pm, Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-3pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Tours start approximately every 45 minutes. Saturday tours fill up especially quickly, so make sure to arrive early.