Best of Boston

BEST Beer Bar

2017 BEST Beer Bar

Deep Ellum

Allston

At 10 years old, this Allston watering hole still fits the niche Max Toste and Aaron Sanders first set out to fill: a spot to crush mug after mug of sessionable, European-style beers—from dry-hopped farmhouse saisons and low-octane porters to… read more»

2016 BEST Beer Bar
Lord Hobo / Photograph by Jared Kuzia for Best of Boston 2016

Lord Hobo

Cambridge

More than 40 beers on draft. Dozens of bottled selections. Owner Daniel Lanigan’s own line of lupulin-laced originals. And hyper-knowledgeable staffers who take imbibing very seriously. It’s no wonder that beer geeks freely (and sometimes loudly) parse the details of… read more»

2015 BEST Beer Bar

Publick House

Brookline

Several craft-beer haunts opened this year, but our hops-loving hearts still belong to the Publick House. Draft selections in the triple digits and a phone-book-thick menu don’t always make a great beer bar, so we especially appreciate its carefully curated… read more»

2014 BEST Beer Bar

Lord Hobo

Cambridge

To the pubs with rows and rows of taps: Quantity alone doesn't cut it anymore. Lord Hobo, by contrast, has all the variety and thrills suds geeks crave. Even if the bartenders don't have Cantillon or Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout… read more»

2013 BEST Beer Bar

Lord Hobo

Cambridge

Bourbon-barrel-aged Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on draft? Check. Smoked Maple Lager, a collaboration between Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Jack’s Abby Brewing? Check. Elusive cans of everyone’s favorite double IPA, Heady Topper? Check. This laid-back Cambridge spot might not have the… read more»

2012 BEST Beer Bar, Craft Beer

The Publick House

Brookline

This monastic pub is ;the place to earn an advanced degree in artisanal ales (or just keep pace with the craft-beer aficionados in your life). The bartenders and servers know their hops and malts in exquisite detail, and will happily… read more»

2011 BEST Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

With 112 drafts and 380 total beers to choose from, this just ain’t much of a competition. Sure, other places offer great lists: The Publick House has a slate of about 35 beers on tap. But 35 is not 112…. read more»

2010 BEST Beer Bar

The Publick House

Brookline

How many beers does this place have, anyway? 100? 200? Who knows. The suds menu changes all the time at the Publick House (though the Belgians always make an appearance). But more than the awe-inspiring selection, the care with which… read more»

2008 BEST Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Given all the sterling pubs in Boston, a city that’s become a destination for the beer-drinking world, you’d think Sunset would see stiffer competition in this category. Yet there’s no arguing with the math: Over 100 beers on tap plus… read more»

2008 BEST Beer Bar

Sunset Grill & Tap

Allston

Given all the sterling pubs in Boston, a city that’s become a destination for the beer-drinking world, you’d think Sunset would see stiffer competition in this category. Yet there’s no arguing with the math: Over 100 beers on tap plus… read more»