Best of Boston

BEST Bar Food

2012 BEST Bar Food



Want to know a secret? We love eating at a fine-dining establishment’s bar, where we get the same great fare and ambiance sans obsequious servers. And the best spot in town is Clio, which offers selections from the main menu… read more»

2011 BEST Bar Food, Upscale

Craigie On Main


Few food-world darlings have gotten more love of late than chef Tony Maws; everyone from Martha Stewart to James Beard has gushed. But for all the highfalutin accolades Maws has received for his inventive dinner menu, we can’t help gravitating… read more»

2011 BEST Bar Food, Casual

Audubon Circle


Boston is full of places to grab a beer, a greasy burger, or wings on the cheap. But for a brew and tasty bites that won’t cause a morning-after food hangover, sidle up to a barstool—or cozy banquette—at Audubon Circle…. read more»

2011 BEST Bar Food, Specialty

The Haven

Jamaica Plain

The brave-hearted folks at this all-Scottish pub have liberated us from boring Anglo bar snacks. We’ve fallen hard for the tantalizing sausage-wrapped hard-boiled eggs and finnan haddie croquettes. Chasing it all with a pint makes for a late night well… read more»

2010 BEST Bar Food

Chez Henri


Bellying up to the bar has never felt so sophisticated as it does at Chez Henri, a classic Cambridge bistro. The bar fare—like that offered in the dining room—strikes a balance between French and Cuban cuisines: grilled homemade chorizo, duck… read more»

2009 BEST Bar Food

Sel de la Terre


To go along with its spanking-new digs, the Back Bay outpost of this country-French standby has installed a smart but casual downstairs café with a menu to match. We’re partial to the za’atar-crusted wings and the two-handed burger with smoky… read more»

2008 BEST Bar Food, Upscale



Posh as they are, the folks behind the Downtown Crossing eatery Blu recognize that a bar menu just ain’t a bar menu without fries, wings, and mozzarella sticks. Except here, of course, the fries are made from polenta and served… read more»

2008 BEST Bar Food, Affordable

Bukowski Tavern


Bukowski Tavern Empirical testing has shown that of all the items the human body can digest, no two hit the spot more reliably than hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. By that standard, Bukowski’s has achieved genius in its… read more»

2006 BEST Bar Food, Affordable

The Pour House


There are two things that make for a good bar: booze and cheap, greasy food. From steak tips to fajitas to burgers, the Pour House has plenty of the latter, all listed on a pun-filled menu (“Our nachos served with… read more»

2005 BEST Bar Food, Upscale



Unlike at many chichi restaurants, chef-owner Jamie Mammano’s entire critically acclaimed menu is served at Mistral’s bar until quite late, freeing barflies to sidle up to that sexy someone without having to forgo their real beloveds: the beef tenderloin pizza… read more»