Best of Boston

BEST Bar, neighborhood

2001 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

B-Side Lounge


Maybe it’s the bull-shooting bartenders who are as comfortable serving strong martinis as they are Schlitz. Or maybe it’s the mellow, tattooed clientele that stroll in from Cambridge’s Area 3. Then again, it could be the soul-warming snacks such as… read more»

2000 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Good Life, Cambridge


The latest addition to Brian O’Neill’s growing empire, this new Good Life is perfectly suited to its Central Square location. The decor is, as in other Good Lifes, remarkably similar to your parents’ den, only wings this good and spicy… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

Warren Tavern


Paul Revere called it his favorite watering hole. George Washington is said to have stopped by for a brewski. Since then, thousands of townies have lifted a pint to their memories. The oldest tavern in continuous operation in the city… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

Townies and visitors alike love this little Irish bar in the part of JP known as Hyde Square. The place to grab a Guinness on tap, catch up with friends, and, if you happen to be there on a Tuesday… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood



The chicken “parm” is terrific, the drinks are huge, the prices can’t be beat, and the serving staff couldn’t be friendlier. When Mary, the waitress, raps your salad dressing options, it’s virtual poetry. read more»

1995 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Delux Cafe and Lounge


With Didi (formerly of the Blue Room) in the kitchen and cheap drinks at the bar, this lounge has become the South End’s favorite place to hang if you’re young, hip, and hungry. read more»

1994 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Sevens Ale House


The only people unhappy with the Sevens are those standing in line when a regular patron walks by them and through the door. Some of the regulars should have their mail delivered here. read more»

1988 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

Doyle’s Café

Jamaica Plain

Even though they’ve pushed out some walls and expanded, this is still the bar that best mirrors its diverse, high-energy neighborhood. read more»

1985 BEST Bar, Neighborhood


Jamaica Plain

The owners, the Burkes, obviously know how to have a good time. read more»

1984 BEST Bar, Neighborhood



Unpretentious watering hole on the fringe of pretentious Back Bay. Safe. You won’t be sorry. read more»