Best of Boston

BEST Bar Food

2003 BEST Bar Food

Chez Henri

Cambridge

Slow-roasted pork, wafer-thin ham, and gooey Gruyère, pressed together between slices of buttery, crisp Portuguese bread and served skillet-hot with homemade plaintain chips—there may be other ways to end a workday, but Chez Henri’s pressed Cuban sandwich is the best… read more»

2002 BEST Bar Food, Gourmet

West Side Lounge

Cambridge

From the day it opened, the West Side was a draw for Cantabrigians looking for a perfectly made cocktail and a darkly lit booth. But when chef Alex Jenkins arrived last fall, there was another reason to visit: Her menu… read more»

2001 BEST Bar Food

DeLux Café & Lounge

Boston

Walls covered in ’50s album covers, an Elvis shrine offset by Christmas lights, a crowd as thick with tattoos as with suits, restrooms wallpapered with old Eloise and Spiderman clippings—DeLux is so funky and cozy, we’d come even if the… read more»

2001 BEST Bar Food, Gourmet

Mistral

Boston

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1991 BEST Bar Food

The Chocolate Bar

Boston

A great binge, and no hangover. read more»

1990 BEST Bar Food

Biba

Boston

The bar at Biba is a scene, with the local swells packing the place every night. They must be coming for the sensational bar snacks—especially the crispy scallion pancakes, and the oyster shooters with vodka. read more»

1989 BEST Bar Food

St. Cloud

Boston

Brooks Brothers skirts, Louis shirts, white leather boots, and black funk. What do they have in common? You can see ‘em all at the St. Cloud bar, where anybody and everybody feels at home nibbling an appetizer or scarfing down… read more»

1983 BEST Bar Food

The Plough and Stars

Cambridge

If you don’t know what you want when you walk in, don’t walk in. read more»