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2017 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Land Ho

Orleans

Want a side of local color with your Devil’s Purse pint? Pay a visit to this neighborhood hang, where Cape Cod memorabilia—from family crests to vanity plates—fills every inch of wall and ceiling space. It’s not all about the kitsch,… read more»

Martha's Vineyard BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

Far more than a wait-list consolation prize, the bar at the Port Hunter is itself a destination, thanks to a dangerously interesting cocktail list—try the Fresno Blanco, made with tequila, pineapple juice, rosemary, and orgeat—local craft beers, and stellar bar… read more»

2017 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Cru

Nantucket

Already an island go-to for its waterfront location and killer raw bar, Cru wins our vote this year for its stacked beverage program. Pick your poison from a seat at the quartzite-topped bar or the scenic open-air deck: Both are… read more»

2016 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

20byNine

Oak Bluffs

Martha’s Vineyard is known for many things, from crispy fried clams to breathtaking beaches. But top-notch craft-cocktail bars wasn’t one of them—that is, until 20byNine came along. You can’t go wrong with a Manhattan, which comes close to the classic… read more»

2016 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Ventuno’s Back Bar

Nantucket

The al fresco bar tucked behind Ventuno is less polished than the anchoring Italian restaurant, but that’s part of the charm. With a beachy-casual vibe owing to a cover of vines and an ever-so-random crowd that could, on any given… read more»

2016 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Trevi Cafe and Wine Bar

Mashpee

Yes, it’s nestled within the tourist mecca of Mashpee Commons. No matter: Once you step into Trevi, you might as well be on a European vacation with your secret paramour. There’s an expansive covered terrace overlooking a soothing backlit fountain,… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Quahog Republic

Falmouth

You will not leave this boisterous hangout sober. It pours some of the cheapest, strongest cocktails we’ve ever sipped. (At least they’re made with fresh-squeezed juices, so we can feel somewhat virtuous.) At $9, a 16-ounce mai tai slurped through… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

If there’s one thing that goes well with great drinks, it’s shuffleboard. The Port Hunter, opened in 2012 by two local brothers, has both, plus a solid beer menu with brews from the island and beyond. There’s also live rock,… read more»

2015 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Millie’s

Nantucket

With strong drinks, panoramic ocean views, and a shoes-optional vibe, Millie’s has all the makings of the perfect island beach bar. Here longtime locals happily commingle with the weekenders, thanks to plenty of barstools and an excellent rum-based house drink,… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, South

Alma Nove

Hingham

Technically speaking, Alma Nove is a restaurant. But why quibble? There are only so many places where you can sit outside next to a giant fire pit, sip a well-crafted cocktail, and look out over the bay—and this Wahlberg-family-owned spot… read more»