Best of Boston

BEST Pickup Bar

2007 BEST Pickup Bar

Foundation Lounge

Boston

“Pickup bar” may evoke images of oily, used-car guys with thatches of chest hair bursting from half-buttoned shirts, but you won’t find much of that here. With its mood lighting, sleek furniture, and slinky hip-house music, this Kenmore Square spot… read more»

2006 BEST Pickup Bar

Vox Populi

Boston

In this den of preppy testosterone, the open floor plan encourages circulating (the better to scope prospects), the pop soundtrack doesn’t drown out conversation (the better to initiate small talk), and the martini menu is 20 varieties long (the better… read more»

2005 BEST Pickup Bar

Gypsy Bar

Boston

A constant stream of stylish singles flows through the doors of Gypsy Bar on weekends, where they entertain themselves before the eye-catching glow of the video-screen wall with cocktails such as the Deception martini. Behind the bar, an illuminated aquarium… read more»

2004 BEST Pickup Bar

Silvertone Bar & Grill

Boston

Being single has its perks; getting hit on in a sweaty bar on a Friday night is not necessarily one of them. But before you resign yourself to that, seek out the friendly bunch that gathers at Silvertone. The dimly… read more»

2003 BEST Pickup Bar

Harvard Gardens

Boston

A bit loungey, a tad yuppie, Harvard Gardens is an ideal place to meet your dress-casual mate. The bar is crowded from Wednesday to Saturday, but the low lighting and comfy booths make the setting conducive to storing digits in… read more»

2002 BEST Pickup Bar

Mistral

Boston

Fiery martinis, seductive lighting, chef Jamie Mammano’s Mediterranean flavors, alluring bartenders—whatever drarws them there, the beautiful people who sidle up to Mistral’s long, intimate bar wind up in the mood to shake and stir long after the last call. The… read more»

2001 BEST Pickup Bar

Vox Populi

Boston

It’s easy to strike up a conversation over a crantini (cranberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry juice) as you push through the well-heeled crowd and saddle up the bar at Back Bay’s Vox. The lighting is flattering but not… read more»

1991 BEST Pickup Bar

The Cactus Club

Boston

Dead-animal skulls on the walls and designer jeans and miniskirts on the clientele make this the great yuppie roundup. read more»

1989 BEST Pickup Bar

The bar at Turner Fisheries

Boston

Locals, foreigns, and domestics—a smorgasboard. read more»