Best of Boston

BEST Bar

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»

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»

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»

2012 BEST Bar, West

The Cottage Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill

Hand-stirred swizzles and strong Sazeracs may rule the city, but the western ‘burbs are still frothing with pomegranate margaritas. Is that a bad thing? Not if those drinks are served in style, as they are at the new Cottage in… read more»

2011 BEST Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar and Grille

Newton Upper Falls

“Newton Upper Falls” and “hipster pub” aren’t words you normally hear in the same sentence. Yet there it is: a suburban bar sporting a comfortably dark atmosphere, live music on weekends, an old-school craft cocktail menu, and a killer beer… read more»

2011 BEST Bar, Cape Cod

The Beachcomber

Wellfleet

Whoever said you can’t please all the people all the time clearly hasn’t been to the Beachcomber. Awesome views and beach access? Check. Long list of cocktails and heavy-pouring bartenders? Got ’em. Live music? Yup. As far as we can… read more»

2011 BEST Bar, Martha's Vineyard

Offshore Ale Company

Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs is the antithesis of the Jersey Shore, so why do most of its bar options seem so well suited for “gym, tan, laundry”? Escape to the Offshore Ale Company for its rotating selection of unique house-made brews, like… read more»

2011 BEST Bar, Nantucket

Corazón del Mar

Nantucket

When we walked through the door and spied the ceviche and raw bar, we were infatuated. When we climbed the staircase and saw the packed, boisterous tequila bar, we were besotted. But once we took a sip of the hibiscus… read more»