Best of Boston

Best Bartender

2017 Best Bartender

Will Thompson, Ruka

Boston
Will Thompson honed his cocktail craft at Drink, developed a spot-on classics-focused opening beverage program for gilded supper club Yvonne’s, and has now come up […] read more»
2016 Best Bartender

Todd Maul, Cafe Artscience

Cambridge
Imagine a boozy amuse-bouche of scotch, inhaled as a plume of smoke. Or a mai tai that actually grows stronger thanks to rum-soaked banana leaves […] read more»
2015 Best Bartender

Patrick Gaggiano, Vialé

Cambridge
There are a couple of reasons to visit a bar. One is to sip masterful cocktails. The other is to savor the charms of the […] read more»
2014 Best Bartender

Kevin Mabry, JM Curley, Bogie’s Place, Merrill & Co.

When he helped open JM Curley in 2012, Kevin Mabry did for the basic G & T what the kitchen did for Curley’s legendary burger—that is, take […] read more»
2013 Best Bartender

Sam Treadway, Backbar

Somerville
In just a year, Treadway has taken this already exciting snack-and-cocktail spot and upped the ante even further with his unique mix of seasonally driven […] read more»
2012 Best Bartender

Backbar

Somerville
This is the year of the cocktail bar, and the city’s top new spots are anchored by considerable talent. There’s Scott Marshall shaking and stirring […] read more»
2011 Best Bartender

Todd Maul, Clio

Boston
While the sheer number of cocktails on the 80-drink list makes our frontal cortex twitch, it’s the list’s creator who brings it to refreshing, delicious […] read more»
2008 Best Bartender

John Gertsen, No. 9 Park

Boston
Charm and meticulousness have earned this mixologist more than his fair share of props. But that’s no reason to deny him this year’s Best of […] read more»
2007 Best Bartender

Jackson Cannon

Boston
Settle into Eastern Standard’s plush, cozy bar and let Cannon welcome you with an easy grin and quick, imaginative recommendations: an old-school cocktail he’s revived […] read more»
2006 Best Bartender

Jason Lomberg, Plaza III

Boston
Attentive and charming, Lomberg plies his trade in the tourist-infested depths of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where he’s developed an admirable tolerance for onerous drink orders. […] read more»
2005 Best Bartender

Lee Jennings, Union Bar and Grille

Boston
A bartender’s primary pursuits are a flawless cocktail mixed with speed and accuracy, and sensational service graciously delivered. Jennings has mastered both. Part bartender, part […] read more»
2004 Best Bartender

Shawn Ahern, Union Bar and Grille

Boston
Quick with the drink recommendation and the flourished bottle, Shawn Ahern is a professional in a trade too full of aspirant talk-show hosts. He pours […] read more»
2003 Best Bartender

Greg Griffin, Saint

Boston
There are some who believe that a bartender should be neither seen nor heard—that he or she should be a pair of hands floating mimelike […] read more»
2002 Best Bartender

K.C. Cargill, Chez Henri

Cambridge
At first glance, Cargill has the right résumé: He started at Cheers. Of course, he was only parking cars. Now behind the bar at a […] read more»
2001 Best Bartender

Joe McGuirk, B-Side Lounge

Cambridge
McGuirk is a throwback to a time when cocktails were made without a measuring cup, lighting a lady’s cigarette was cool, and bow-tied bartenders had […] read more»