The 30 Best Bars in Boston (Along with Our Favorite Cocktails!)

The ultimate guide to drinking, cocktails, and bars in Boston.

So, where can you get a good drink around here? Maybe it’s the economy. Or Mad Men. Maybe it’s the epic winter staring us down. Could just as easily be the national cocktail renaissance (mixology seminar or artisanal bitters tasting, anyone?) that has hit Boston like a tsunami — and arguably turned the bartender into the new celebrity chef.

But whatever the reason (and most likely, it’s all of the above), something is driving us to drink. And you’ll get no complaints from us: not when it means we have more informed and intoxicatingly creative bar talent than ever before. To find out who’s leading the pack, our team of ace imbibers canvassed the city, sipping highball and low in search of the best versions of 30 iconic libations.

Behold, our list of the classic and popular drinks that every well-stocked bar and well-trained bartender should be able to produce — plus the best bars, along with the people and places that shake it all up best. Bottoms up.


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The List

The Beehive
541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069,

The Bristol Lounge
200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400,

Chez Henri
One Shepard St., Cambridge, 617-354-8980,

Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar
1310 Boylston St., Boston, 617-450-9000,

City Bar
61 Exeter St., Boston, 617-933-4800,

370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200,

Craigie on Main
853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511,

Cuchi Cuchi
795 Main St.,Cambridge, 617-864-2929,

348 Congress St., Boston, 617-695-1806,

East Coast Grill
1271 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-6568,

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100,

The Franklin Café
278 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-350-0010,

Green Street Grill
280 Green St., Cambridge, 617-876-1655,

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-625-1131,

3 Winter Place, Boston, 617-542-1340,

226 Hanover St., Boston, 617-742-9200,

439 Tremont St., Boston, 617-338-8884,

Mr. Dooley’s
77 Broad St., Boston, 617-338-5656,

One Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-8010,

The Oak Bar
138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-267-5300,

75 Charles St. S., Boston, 617-423-4944,

River Gods
125 River St., Cambridge, 617-576-1881,

InterContinental, 510 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 617-217-5152,

48 Temple Place, Boston, 617-426-0048,

Sunset Cantina
916 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-731-8646,

Temple Bar
1688 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5055,

1704 Washington St., Boston, 617-536-4300,

UpStairs on the Square
91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-864-1933,

W Lounge
100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-912-3355,

One Court St., Boston, 617-979-8200,