Best of Boston

BEST Bar

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

Anchovies

Boston

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

Casablanca

Cambridge

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 »

1996 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

Warren Tavern

Charlestown

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 »

1995 BEST Bar, for a Business Deal

Julien Bar at the Hotel Meridien

Boston

There’s no more appropriate place to seal the deal than in the Julien Bar, once the reception room for the governors of the Federal Reserve Bank and now the financial district’s most appealing watering hole. But keep it clean: N…. read more »

1995 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Delux Cafe and Lounge

Boston

With Didi (formerly of the Blue Room) in the kitchen and cheap drinks at the bar, this lounge has become the South End’s favorite place to hang if you’re young, hip, and hungry. read more »

1994 BEST Bar

The Capital Grille

Boston

From five to seven in the evening the Capital Grille has a pleasant mixture of regulars, tourists, and the lonely, all served with skill and charm by Richie, Nate, and Vinnie. There is something quaint about drinking in the midst… read more »

1994 BEST Bar, People Watching

Newbury Street Restaurant

Boston

Wedged between the Ritz and Joseph Abboud, the sidewalk cafe here promises the most elegant spontaneous entertainment in town. read more »

1994 BEST Bar, Neighborhood

The Sevens Ale House

Boston

The only people unhappy with the Sevens are those standing in line when a regular patron walks by them and through the door. Some of the regulars should have their mail delivered here. read more »

1994 BEST Bar, Outdoor Drinking

Tia’s at Long Wharf

Boston

And they mean on the waterfront. Tia’s is the place-to-be-outside. A large, open barroom sprawls out to the patio, which is usually full of young professionals trying to tie one on before dark. read more »