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2013 BEST Bar, Cocktails
Photo by Jesse Burke

Drink

Boston

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»

2013 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Galley Beach

Nantucket

For the ultimate drink with a view, head to this chichi waterfront lounge, plant your feet firmly in the sand, and try a Moscow Mule or a North Shore (made with local 888 cranberry vodka). Sip and repeat until the… 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»

2013 BEST Bar, North

The Dog Bar/65 Main

Gloucester

Folks who come to this beloved local watering hole enjoy its outdoor patio and live music on weekends, and get an added bonus: They can walk into the adjoining restaurant, 65 Main, and pair the town’s best burger with, say,… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Newton

Opened nearly 100 years ago as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, this historical spot has remade itself as a fun, lively place to catch up with friends over craft cocktails (don’t miss the pear sidecar), local brews, and gut-busting fare such as… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

Nor’ East Beer Garden

Provincetown

The Cape has its share of pubs ready to get you good and sloshed, but if you’d rather savor a drink than slam it back, the Nor’ East Beer Garden, in Provincetown, is an excellent choice. The tiny, shirelike oasis… read more»

2013 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

Brick Cellar at Atria

Edgartown

Estonian beer, caipirinhas with a citrus twist—this swanky underground bar is not your typical Vineyard watering hole. The drinks are fun, the atmosphereis cozy and intimate, and the food (including 10 different burgers) is tasty. Don’t miss the photo booth… read more»

2012 BEST Bar, Upscale

The Hawthorne

Boston

Enjoy hosting your friends in your über-cool city apartment while mixing up painstakingly hand-swizzled drinks? Going to the Hawthorne is a lot like that, with a built-in cleanup crew and a better bartender (no offense). This place is as persnickety… read more»

2012 BEST Bar, North

Vics Boathouse at Victoria Station

Salem

Serene by day, sultry by night, and boasting tantalizing harbor views, Vic’s hosts an endless cavalcade of events (open-mike nights, karaoke, and dancing), fueled by an expansive beer list—Pretty Things, Alchemist, and Saison Dupont, to name a few—and a creative… read more»

2012 BEST Bar, South

Union Brewhouse

Weymouth

Wood paneling, arcade games, a collection of retro beer cans … hopping onto a barstool at the Union Brewhouse is like sneaking down to your uncle’s basement man cave, circa 1976. Thankfully, the beer selection goes well beyond Bud longnecks… read more»