Best of Boston

BEST Bar

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»

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»

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»

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»

2009 BEST Bar, Upscale

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»

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»

2008 BEST Bar, Debut

The Savant Project

Boston

Overflowing with medical students, young families, and the occasional wayward group of museum gawkers, Mission Hill wasn’t the type of place that exuded “hot spot.” Until, that is, the Savant Project came along last fall. Taking up residence near Brigham… read more»

2008 BEST Bar, Debut

The Savant Project

Boston

Overflowing with medical students, young families, and the occasional wayward group of museum gawkers, Mission Hill wasn’t the type of place that exuded “hot spot.” Until, that is, the Savant Project came along last fall. Taking up residence near Brigham… read more»

2006 BEST Bar, Restaurant

Eastern Standard

Boston

A 46-foot-long marble bar gives manager Jackson Cannon room to move as he stirs up snow cone daiquiris, tart Whiskey Smashes, and mojito-esque Old Cubans. The jazz-meets-Brit-pop beats entertain a mix of twentysomethings and power brokers—most of whom Cannon knows… read more»

2005 BEST Bar, South

Eli’s Pub

Scituate

Eli’s is the rare watering hole that is not too cheesy, too pretentious, or too pricey. Tucked off the main room of the Barker Tavern, this candlelit nook has a gleaming mahogany bar that serves a jovial but civilized crowd…. read more»