Best of Boston

BEST Cocktail Bar

2016 BEST Cocktail Bar

Ames Street Deli


Editor’s Note, July 13, 1 p.m.: Ames Street—which merged with its neighbor Study for a combined concept called “Study at Ames” in late June, after press time for our Best of Boston issue—closed July 12. After creating a top-tier nightlife enclave… read more»

2015 BEST Cocktail Bar

Straight Law


Generally, a top-notch cocktail bar attempts to cover all the angles in the wider spirits world. But there’s something to be said for homing in on a smaller niche and perfecting it, and that’s the case at Straight Law, the… read more»

2014 BEST Cocktail Bar



After six years spent whipping the city into a craft-cocktail frenzy with its pitch-perfect Manhattan variations and handcarved ice cubes, Barbara Lynch and John Gertsen's tippler's haven has, thankfully, loosened up a bit. Once-monthly tiki-themed soirees keep things festive, and… read more»

2013 BEST Cocktail Bar



Drink is a bar of firsts—the first high-profile craft-cocktail joint in South Boston; the first place that some of the city’s top bartenders worked; and, most notably, the first place that many people discover their favorite cocktail. There are usually… read more»