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2014 BEST Wine Bar



Fledgling wine aficionados, take heed: Laid-back Davis Square newcomer Spoke gamely removes the terror from the terroir, with servers who gently hold your hand through the ordering process. Of course, a glass of Ligurian pigato is only as good as… read more »

2013 BEST Wine Bar
Photo by Jesse Burke

Belly Wine Bar


The regions, the varietals, the vintages—the world of wine can be intimidating. Not at Belly, where the eclectic by-the-glass list is organized around lighthearted headings (like the Grease-themed “Pink Ladies” for rose, and “Beauty School Dropout” for chilled reds) that… read more »

2009 BEST Wine Bar

The Butcher Shop


As the longtime wine doyenne of the Barbara Lynch empire, Cat Silirie knows her way around a corkscrew. For proof, look no further than the corner of Tremont and Waltham, where over the past six years she’s nurtured this updated… read more »

2008 BEST Wine Bar

Bin 26 Enoteca


With a selection that runs from aglianicos through zinfandels and a wine list that reads like a guidebook, Bin 26 is an unknockable choice for novices looking to get their palates wet. Seasoned oenophiles will likewise have no quibbles with… read more »

1990 BEST Wine Bar



Backs up its wine-food promotions with a changing but always excellent selection of wines unavailable elsewhere by the glass—or even by the bottle. read more »

1989 BEST Wine Bar

Vin & Eddie’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

North Abington

Great prices and great selection, particularly of older vintages from California and Italy. read more »

1985 BEST Wine Bar



An outpost for oenophiles in Harvard Square. read more »

1984 BEST Wine Bar



Terrific list, great by-the-glass variety. read more »

1983 BEST Wine Bar

The Custom House


Boston musician Fran Sheehan has put together an extensive, well-priced list at this North Shore establishment. read more »

1982 BEST Wine Bar

Bunch of Grapes


The wine-bar phenomenon has barely caught on here, and this is the best of the bunch. So to speak. read more »