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BEST Pickup Bar

2013 BEST Pickup Bar
Photo by Jesse Burke

Lolita

Boston

A good pickup bar needs two things: a classy atmosphere, and really strong drinks. At Lolita, bartenders pour more than 50 varieties of tequila in a setting more apropos of Dos Equis’s Most Interesting Man in the World (as he… read more »

2012 BEST Pickup Bar

Woodward at the Ames

Boston

When you’re looking for someone to pick up what you’re puttin’ down, try the Ames hotel’s saloon, where a glass-topped bar and stainless steel accents lend an upscale gloss to the robust singles scene. If you’re not ready to chat… read more »

2011 BEST Pickup Bar
Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Towne Stove and Spirits

Boston

If Towne isn’t a pickup bar, then everybody must have something stuck in their teeth. Why else would so many people be looking at so many others? Put simply, for a classy place, there’s lots of eye-#*&$ing going on here…. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Last Year's Alibi Regulars
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MiniBar

Boston

Status-minded locals and their lithe European counterparts suck down lychee martinis while scouting the crowd (and sizing up the competition). The must-have accessory: a glamorous-sounding job and the business card to prove it. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Girls Out on a Girls' Night Out

Cuchi Cuchi

Cambridge

For bevies of dressed-to-the-nines bachelorettes and BFFs, a night at this dark-lit speakeasy may begin as female bonding, but fast-forward three margaritas later, and watch the mixing begin. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Sugar Mommies

Bokx 109

Newton

It’s cougar season year-round at this sizzling restaurant-bar, where prime specimens purr over glasses of ros and flash their tanned, toned legs from cushy booths. And did they mention it’s inside a hotel? They will. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Sugar Daddies
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Davio’s

Boston

Those who like their men as rich as a well-marbled rib-eye frequent this wood-paneled, martini-soaked Italian steakhouse packed with Mad Men wannabes, both of the divorced and the, ahem, forgot-my-ring-at-home variety. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Boho Beer Snobs

The Publick House

Brookline

At Brookline’s artisan-suds mecca, a vintage Son Volt tour tee will get you further with the aging hipster crowd than any designer finery; let it slip that you grow your own hops, and you might very well seal the deal. read more »

2009 BEST Pickup Bar, Personal Chef
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Eastern Standard

Boston

Want an S.O. who can actually cook (or do the dishes)? Check out the long marble bar late on Sunday night, when the city’s hot, hard-partying restaurant industry blows in to blow off steam. read more »

2008 BEST Pickup Bar

Beehive

Boston

It’s easy to agree on where to mingle if you and your posse are bent on skimming from the same pool, whether that’s just-graduated daddy’s girls (Foundation Lounge), martini-swilling cougars (Cuffs), or baseball-capped frat dudes (Clery’s). Finding a pheromone-drenched locale… read more »