Best of Boston


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»

1995 BEST Bar, for a Business Deal

Julien Bar at the Hotel Meridien


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


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, After-the-Garden Place

The Harp at the Garden


With their recent expansion downstairs, it seems the entire loge section could fit inside The Harp. After most Celtics or Bruins games, it looks as though it has. read more»

1994 BEST Bar

The Capital Grille


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


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


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


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»