Best of Boston

BEST Bartender

2002 BEST Bartender

K.C. Cargill, Chez Henri

Cambridge

At first glance, Cargill has the right résumé: He started at Cheers. Of course, he was only parking cars. Now behind the bar at a more upscale and off-the-beaten-path location, the Newburyport native has quietly made a name for himself,… read more»

2001 BEST Bartender

Joe McGuirk, B-Side Lounge

Cambridge

McGuirk is a throwback to a time when cocktails were made without a measuring cup, lighting a lady’s cigarette was cool, and bow-tied bartenders had all the answers. Even his deep, warbling voice resonates with black-and-white romanticism; he recently auditioned… read more»

2000 BEST Bartender, Drinks

Joe McGuirk, B-Side Lounge

Cambridge

The B-Side Lounge has the feel of a real neighborhood establishment, but ever since Joe was written up in Details magazine as a great bartender, tourists have been showing up looking for him. What makes him so great? He’s flirtatious… read more»

1999 BEST Bartender, Beer and Wine

Suzi Dobeli, Bukowski Tavern

Boston

Suzi doesn’t mix drinks, because Bukowski is a wine and beer bar only—albeit with one of the selections this side of Brighton. But she has everything else a top bartender should: easy charm; a great memory for faces, names, and… read more»

1999 BEST Bartender, Cocktails

Peter Cipriani, 29 Newbury

Boston

Sure, the only requirement for a good bartender is that he’s quick with a drink. For a great bartender, stir in some personality. But to be elevated to Bar God status, you need a whole lot more. Peter has the… read more»

1994 BEST Bartender

Joe Zimmerman at Joe’s American Bar & Grill

Boston

Quick, courteous, friendly, and professional, Zimmerman is head and shoulders (literally and figuratively) above the rest. His supporting cast is better than most, too. read more»

1992 BEST Bartender

Robert Gerard, St. Cloud

Boston

A better mixologist than Gerard would be hard to find. But what distinguishes him is the way he makes his three-sided bar feel like an old friend’s living room. read more»

1987 BEST Bartender

Jimmy Pagonis, the Ocean Club

Cambridge

A pourer with a memory. read more»

1986 BEST Bartender

Robert Gerard

The distinguishing mark of a great bartender is the ability to satisfy all of the customers all of the time—the ability to play sex therapist one minute and sports analyst the next, and to be an interested listener no matter… read more»

1985 BEST Bartender

Robert Gerard, St. Botolph’s Restaurant

Boston

Witty, erudite, and pours a good drink. read more»