Best of Boston

2012 BEST Bar, West

The Cottage Chestnut Hill

Hand-stirred swizzles and strong Sazeracs may rule the city, but the western ‘burbs are still frothing with pomegranate margaritas. Is that a bad thing? Not if those drinks are served in style, as they are at the new Cottage in Chestnut Hill, a second location of the popular California-inspired Wellesley bistro. While the food keeps the dining room moderately busy, "flirtinis" and fruity infusions lure serious crowds to the bar, giving tennis moms a reason to occasionally strap on the Jimmy Choos.

47 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill 617-916-5413 cottagechestnuthill.com