Best of Boston

Best Cocktail, Shots with a Twist

2012 Best Cocktail, DIY Mocktails


Ever since local chain Boloco installed the epic Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, we go for soda first, burritos second. More than 100 flavors are available—from peach […]
2011 Best Cocktail, Cool

The Rita Moreno, Gargoyles on the Square

A string of too many unfortunately flavored concoctions had put us off anything other than the classics…and then we met the Rita Moreno. A sexy […]
2011 Best Cocktail, Classic

Ideal Manhattan, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar

Like an antique wing chair done up in a sharp new print, Citizen’s spin on the Manhattan hews to tradition while freshening things up. The […]
2008 Best Cocktail, Menu

Green Street

Looking for the city’s top bartenders on their night off? They’re probably knocking ’em back right here in Central Square, along with anyone else who […]
2007 Best Cocktail, Menu


No green apple martinis here. Only ingenious blends make it onto Rendezvous’s cocktail list: gin blended with kaffir lime and curry, vodka stirred with pear […]
2006 Best Cocktail

No. 9 Park

Regulars at No. 9 Park are devoted to the house cocktail for the same reason they are to chef Barbara Lynch’s prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie […]
2006 Best Cocktail, Mojito

Chez Henri

Once a mixologist’s best trick, the mojito has become cliché. But at Chez Henri, the Cuban concoction retains its allure with white rum (not dark), […]
2005 Best Cocktail

Basil-Lime Gimlet, Via Matta

At a spot that has the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria (if said neighborhood were full of top-tax-bracket Italians, that is), this defining cocktail […]
2003 Best Cocktail, Classic

Gibson Martin, The Bristol Lounge

You can almost taste the sun rising again on the British Empire in your first sip of this bracing, gin-loaded cocktail. By the second dry […]
2003 Best Cocktail, Cool

The Palmyra, No. 9 Park

Enough already with the fruity cocktail fads that result in sticky fingers and killer hangovers. The ultimate in cool libations is an inventive concoction so […]
2002 Best Cocktail, Classic

Martini, Sonsie

Sonsie-bashing had become such a popular sport for a while, the ensuing recoil could only have put the place back in vogue. Well, here’s at […]
2002 Best Cocktail, Cool

Thai Martini, Cuchi Cuchi

Who knew a drink could be so high-octane and still taste so good? The masterminding bartenders at Cuchi Cuchi make their Thai martini by mashing […]
2001 Best Cocktail, Classic

The Oak Room, Sidecar

As a rule, hard-drinking journalist types hate—or pretend to hate—any cocktail that tastes like dessert. So the Oak Room’s version of the sidecar—a brandy, Cointreau, […]
2001 Best Cocktail, Cool

Bomboa, Caipirinha