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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, 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»

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»

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»