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2016 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

20byNine

Oak Bluffs

Martha’s Vineyard is known for many things, from crispy fried clams to breathtaking beaches. But top-notch craft-cocktail bars wasn’t one of them—that is, until 20byNine came along. You can’t go wrong with a Manhattan, which comes close to the classic… read more»

2016 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Ventuno’s Back Bar

Nantucket

The al fresco bar tucked behind Ventuno is less polished than the anchoring Italian restaurant, but that’s part of the charm. With a beachy-casual vibe owing to a cover of vines and an ever-so-random crowd that could, on any given… read more»

2016 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Trevi Cafe and Wine Bar

Mashpee

Yes, it’s nestled within the tourist mecca of Mashpee Commons. No matter: Once you step into Trevi, you might as well be on a European vacation with your secret paramour. There’s an expansive covered terrace overlooking a soothing backlit fountain,… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Quahog Republic

Falmouth

You will not leave this boisterous hangout sober. It pours some of the cheapest, strongest cocktails we’ve ever sipped. (At least they’re made with fresh-squeezed juices, so we can feel somewhat virtuous.) At $9, a 16-ounce mai tai slurped through… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

If there’s one thing that goes well with great drinks, it’s shuffleboard. The Port Hunter, opened in 2012 by two local brothers, has both, plus a solid beer menu with brews from the island and beyond. There’s also live rock,… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Millie’s

Nantucket

With strong drinks, panoramic ocean views, and a shoes-optional vibe, Millie’s has all the makings of the perfect island beach bar. Here longtime locals happily commingle with the weekenders, thanks to plenty of barstools and an excellent rum-based house drink,… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, South

Alma Nove

Hingham

Technically speaking, Alma Nove is a restaurant. But why quibble? There are only so many places where you can sit outside next to a giant fire pit, sip a well-crafted cocktail, and look out over the bay—and this Wahlberg-family-owned spot… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, North

The Dog Bar/65 Main

Gloucester

Folks who come to this beloved local watering hole enjoy its outdoor patio and live music on weekends, and get an added bonus: They can walk into the adjoining restaurant, 65 Main, and pair the town’s best burger with, say,… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Newton

Opened nearly 100 years ago as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, this historical spot has remade itself as a fun, lively place to catch up with friends over craft cocktails (don’t miss the pear sidecar), local brews, and gut-busting fare such as… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Nor’ East Beer Garden

Provincetown

The Cape has its share of pubs ready to get you good and sloshed, but if you’d rather savor a drink than slam it back, the Nor’ East Beer Garden, in Provincetown, is an excellent choice. The tiny, shirelike oasis… read more»