Best of Boston

BEST Neighborhood Bar

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, FortPoint/Waterfront

Tavern Road


This bartenders’ bar takes its craft cocktails seriously. If there’s a better way to spend a Saturday than watching these mixologists work their magic, we haven’t found it yet. Plus, where else can you get rabbit-foie-gras empanadas after midnight? read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Central Square

River Gods


Editor’s Note, July 11, 5 p.m.: River Gods has announced that they are permanently closed.  It’s not the fine pour of Guinness or the cocktail list. It’s not the wooden thrones or the whimsical décor. It’s the music. Rather than crank… read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Washington Square

Publick House


The bar is always bumping, and for good reason: It has Brookline’s largest selection of beers. We favor them paired with the hand-cut Yukon frites slathered in truffle ketchup and apricot-IPA barbecue sauce. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Fenway/Kenmore

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar


The lauded whiskey list is reason enough for a visit, but the real draw is the “Pappy Meal,” a western-themed box with a 2-ounce pour of Pappy Van Winkle, the coveted Kentucky hooch. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Davis Square



The below-ground-level venue may contribute to the speakeasy vibe, but this is no novelty bar. Just take a peek at the lengthy whiskey list, which will satisfy even the most discerning brown-liquor connoisseur. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Brighton

Harry’s Bar & Grill


The staff is friendly and the beer list is solid. The pretzel bites, however, take this bar to the next level. Forget the dipping sauces on the side of each order—the golden, salted-to-perfection morsels don’t need them. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, South End

The Gallows


Don’t be fooled by the laid-back vibes and giant Ouija board: This bar is all business when it comes to cocktails, including the Anchorman-inspired Sex Panther (a blend of scotch and Cynar) and the Jägermeister-laden Chica Cherry Cola. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, East Boston
Photograph by Kelsey Cronin

Kelley Square Pub


It’s easy to see what drew Vinny Paz and Tommy Lee Jones to this watering hole: Here, conversation flows and the beverage selection is ample (including the most affordable pour of Woodford Reserve we’ve ever seen). read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Jamaica Plain
Photograph by Kelsey Cronin

Canary Square


The duo behind Common Ground and Coda know how to build neighborhood hangouts. Enjoy any (or many) of the 30-plus beers on tap, rotating seasonal cocktails, and diverse wine offerings inside a rustic-meets-industrial pub. read more»

2016 BEST Neighborhood Bar, Roslindale

Brannelly’s Cafe


The chatty bartenders, trivia nights, and weekly karaoke are more than enough to turn this hidden gem into your go-to watering hole. But the friendly Rozzie locals are what really make Brannelly’s feel like the home you never knew you… read more»