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Robert Burns Festival 2023 at The Haven

As the only Scottish restaurant in Boston, The Haven is honored to continue to bring you this very unique experience for our 13TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR and the first in our new space at the Haffenreffer Brewery Complex. This year, we welcome you to The Haven for a magical week filled with opportunities to imbibe and celebrate poetry, love, music and life itself. 

The Haven Burns Supper Experience: Wednesday, January 25th + Saturday, January 28th (SOLD OUT!)

  • 4 Course Meal (vegetarian option available) Including Traditional Haggis
  • The Piping in of the Haggis
  • The Address to the Haggis
  • The Toast to the Lassies 
  • Song
  • Poetry Recited (we encourage you to share, too!) 
  • Burns Whisky Pairing with Meal 
  • Live Entertainment 
  • An Immersive Burns Experience in The Assembly Room

Burns DRAMnight: Thursday, January 26th

Join Haven owner Jason Waddleton and special musical guest Elias Alexander for a journey through imaginative whiskies selected in the Burns spirit! This will be a full DRAMnight tasting experience. 

If you did not have a chance to get tickets to one of our Burns Supper events, we also recommend making a dinner reservation for 6:30 or 7 PM on the same evening as we’ll be offering a Burns dinner feature.


Burns Cabaret w/Bruichladdich: Friday, January 27th (SOLD OUT!)

Our friends from Bruichladdich return to The Haven as part of our Robert Burns Festival 2023 to deliver an unforgettable experience on Friday night: BURNS CABARET. 

  • Live music conveying the Burns canon with an eclectic approach 
  • Bobby Burns welcome cocktails 
  • A special tasting experience from our friend Jason Cousins, National Brand & Education Ambassador with Bruichladdich Distillery Co.
  • Poetry 
  • Bagpipes 
  • Some surprises, for sure

This is not an event to be missed, as we’ll experience the life, work and legacy of Robert Burns in a very different light! We expect this unique event to sell out fast, so grab your tickets now.

If you did not have a chance to get tickets to one of our Burns Supper events, we also recommend making a dinner reservation on the same evening as we’ll be offering a Burns dinner feature. This event will start promptly at 9 PM, so we do recommend a dinner reservation beginning no later than 7:30!


Easter at The Haven

Come along to The Haven this Weekend for a great Easter celebration.
Our piper, Elias, performs on Friday night for Kilt Night 8pm-10pm.
Food specials abound! : We have Hot Crossed Buns all weekend, Scottish Sea Trout special, Lamb specials all weekend, Deep Fried Cadbury’s Easter Eggs and Tunnock’s Snowballs!
Tennent’s brand new Whisky Cask Ale launches (again we are the first bar in America to get it!),
Not to mention our walls are festooned with Easter friendly artwork of SHEEP by Brendan Killian!
The Haven really is THE place to be this holiday weekend.
Then take a look on MONDAY for our TARTAN WEEK celebrations……


Haven Scottish Sweet Stout – sneak preview

The Haven launches a limited edition craft beer by Notch brewer Chris Lohring this April. However we are going to get a sneak peak this Friday just in time for St Patrick’s Day!
Below is a little bit of what all the fuss isgoing to be about..
The Haven Scottish Sweet Stout
Scottish Sweet Stouts are diverse as you can imagine, from high alcohol boozers to those so low in alcohol they were given to children as nourishment (and maybe to encourage quiet time). But they all have one thing in common that sets them apart from the ubiquitous dry Irish stouts in Boston, they tend to be on the sweeter side.

The Haven Stout is modeled after many of the Scottish Stouts between the wars (WWI and WWII). They were of moderate alcohol (around 4% ABV) and well suited for a long session at the pub. And although they finish with a bit of sweetness on the tongue, they are dry compared to some of the modern day sugar bombs put out by US craft brewers. As I find myself often saying, it’s all relative in brewing these days.
The Haven Stout’s sweetness comes from Milk Sugar (Lactose) that is added to the boil on brewday, and yes, if you a lactose intolerant, you should take caution. This lactose is not fermentable by brewer’s yeast, so it provides a bit of mouthfeel to the beer as well. The beer is also brewed with a hefty addition of oats to provide a silky texture and a proud, long lasting head. And as a final touch, we used a nitrogen/ carbon dioxide blend to give the beer a its bubbles and provide a soft, delicate mouthfeel.
Overall, the Haven Sweet Stout is an infinitely drinkable beer that pairs wonderfully with Scottish cuisine and a welcome alternative on St Pat’s Day and beyond.
Style: Sweet Scottish Stout (aka Milk Stout)
Malt: British Pale, Amber, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Oats
Sugar: Lactose
Hops: Whitbread Goldings Variety
Yeast: British Ale
ABV: 4.1%