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BEST Pickup Bar

2006 BEST Pickup Bar

Vox Populi


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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