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BEST Bar

2011 BEST Bar, North

The Grog

Newburyport

Temple to haute cuisine and artisanal cocktails it’s not. But if what you crave is a frosty IPA, good-humored barkeeps, and feisty locals who aren’t afraid to rock an open mike, there’s no better spot to toss one back than… 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 »

2011 BEST Bar, Upscale

Drink

Boston

From behind a bar devoid of the usual parade of bottles, some of the city’s most acclaimed barkeeps mix and measure with scientific precision, pulling esoteric liquors, cocktail-specific utensils, tiny eyedroppers full of mystical infusions, and fresh herbs and juices… read more »

2010 BEST Bar, Upscale

Drink

Boston

There’s no shortage of great bars in Boston: Green Street, Eastern Standard, and Deep Ellum are on par with the very best in this cocktail-revived country. But Drink is the thinking tippler’s bar. Under the leadership of manager/cocktail wonk John… read more »

2010 BEST Bar, Waterfront

The Barking Crab

South Boston

Boston’s dearth of waterfront watering holes is slowly being remedied by development in South Boston—Sam’s at Louis, Whiskey Priest. But a weathered old friend is still the darling in this category. The Barking Crab is a funky, coastal-style clam shack… read more »

2009 BEST Bar, Casual

River Gods

Cambridge

Rather than coming off as calculated quirkiness, the gothic furniture and gargoyle motif at this under-the-radar Central Square taproom are mere curiosities, something you notice briefly before they fade into the all-encompassing hospitable vibe. A roster of ace DJs rotates… read more »

2009 BEST Bar, Upscale
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Drink

Boston

The previous generation (Eastern Standard, the sadly defunct B-Side Lounge) may have planted the seeds for a cocktail revival, but Fort Point newcomer Drink—with its house-made liqueurs and garnishes, mid-bar herb garden, and bespoke ice cubes—presents the modern imbiber’s paradise… read more »