Best of Boston


2000 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Good Life, Cambridge


The latest addition to Brian O’Neill’s growing empire, this new Good Life is perfectly suited to its Central Square location. The decor is, as in other Good Lifes, remarkably similar to your parents’ den, only wings this good and spicy… read more»

1999 BEST Bar, Students

The Cellar


There are plenty of great bars in Boston, but the Cellar has all the right ingredients: homey, mellow atmosphere; excellent music; an eclectic, friendly crowd; and good, inexpensive beer (Guinness $3). A solid, central meeting spot for students. read more»

1998 BEST Bar

F.J. Doyle’s Bar

Jamaica Plain

Could there be any other? Doyle’s is to Boston what the Elaine’s is to New York. Good eats, great atmosphere, and a who’s who of Bostonians both proper and not. read more»

1998 BEST Bar, Business

The Oak Bar


Ink the deal over well-mixed drinks served by a superb waitstaff. The bar’s high ceilings and oak-paneled walls provide an elegant setting for serious business chatter, and the spacious table arrangements keep everything discreet. Head into the adjoining Oak Room… read more»

1998 BEST Bar, Cigar

Punch Bar


Points off for being a dark cavern in the corner of one of the city’s ugliest hotels (the Back Bay Sheraton). But the cushy chairs and cozy nooks lend a decadent air to the art of cigaring. The selection is… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

Warren Tavern


Paul Revere called it his favorite watering hole. George Washington is said to have stopped by for a brewski. Since then, thousands of townies have lifted a pint to their memories. The oldest tavern in continuous operation in the city… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Brendan Behan Pub

Jamaica Plain

Townies and visitors alike love this little Irish bar in the part of JP known as Hyde Square. The place to grab a Guinness on tap, catch up with friends, and, if you happen to be there on a Tuesday… read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Political Watering Hole

Amrheins Restaurant


Where the Dappers, the Dittos, and the Knockos convene to commiserate about the neighborhood’s declining political clout. Up the street at The Cornerstone Restaurant, however, is where they plot, scheme, and dream about recovering it. read more»

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood



The chicken “parm” is terrific, the drinks are huge, the prices can’t be beat, and the serving staff couldn’t be friendlier. When Mary, the waitress, raps your salad dressing options, it’s virtual poetry. read more»

1996 BEST Bar, All-Purpose



Next to a terrific moviehouse and a great coffeeshop, Casablanca is your best bet for a bar where you can actually have a conversation. Faux Middle Eastern decor, amusing Humphrey Bogart murals, Billie Holiday on the jukebox, an eclectic assortment… read more»