Best of Boston

2002 Best Bar, West

O’Hara’s Food & Spirits

Arguably too popular for its own good, O’Hara’s sees some borderline ridiculous competition for tables on busy nights. It’s not hard to see why: The lively atmosphere, tasty fare, delicious drinks, and easygoing scene encourage chats with old friends and meetings with new ones. If you can’t stomach the wait for a table, dive in, snag a seat at the bar, and just enjoy the social swirl around you.

1185 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, 617-695-6785,