Best of Boston

BEST Bartender

1986 BEST Bartender

Robert Gerard

<p>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


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

1984 BEST Bartender

Meredith, at 29 Newbury


Knows the trends and what makes a good martini. read more»

1983 BEST Bartender, Recycled

Chuck Monroe, Grill 23 & Bar

First he was at Front Street, then at Cybele. Now he’s here. He’ll probably wind up at the BRA next. read more»

1982 BEST Bartender

Joe Shea, at the Black Rose


Shea works the day shift during the week, and pours the best Guinness in town. Friendly, listens well. read more»

1982 BEST Bartender, Disco

Richard Boudreau, Metro


This club is crowded and dark, but Bootie remembers faces, names, and who likes to talk and who doesn’t. read more»

1981 BEST Bartender

Harmon Small, Circo & Sal’s


Small’s territory is a little alcove set off from the street by modern art and a huge mirror. If you need a cheering up, ask him about the good old days in Provincetown. read more»

1980 BEST Bartender

Jim Horgan, Front Street


After three years in a row, he retires the trophy. read more»

1979 BEST Bartender

Jim Horgan


Front Street’s bar (260 Berkeley St., Boston) is a quiet, secure haven, protected by Horgan. A five-year veteran of the bartending wars of Boston and Cape Cod, Horgan knows his regulars and what they drink, and he protects their privacy…. read more»