Best of Boston

BEST Bar, North

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»

2012 BEST Bar, North

Vics Boathouse at Victoria Station

Salem

Serene by day, sultry by night, and boasting tantalizing harbor views, Vic’s hosts an endless cavalcade of events (open-mike nights, karaoke, and dancing), fueled by an expansive beer list—Pretty Things, Alchemist, and Saison Dupont, to name a few—and a creative… read more»

2011 BEST Bar, North

The Grog

Newburyport

Temple to haute cuisine and artisanal cocktails it’s not. But if what you crave is a frosty IPA, good-humored barkeeps, and feisty locals who aren’t afraid to rock an open mike, there’s no better spot to toss one back than… read more»

2003 BEST Bar, North

The Rockmore Dry Dock

Salem

A yacht club aura sets the tone for the lively crowd that comes here to nosh on lobster, steak, and fried seafood in the Yardarm Saloon while admiring the view of Salem Harbor. Live and DJ-spun music keeps things playful,… read more»

2002 BEST Bar, North

Rockmore Dry Dock

Salem

Teak oars and regatta flags share wall space with retired surfboards and stuffed sharks in this gem of a waterfront tavern, composed of equal parts yacht-club cachet and tiki-bar kitsch. Live music, bar games, and 10 on-tap beers make the… read more»