Best of Boston

2012 Best Bar, Upscale

The Hawthorne

Enjoy hosting your friends in your über-cool city apartment while mixing up painstakingly hand-swizzled drinks? Going to the Hawthorne is a lot like that, with a built-in cleanup crew and a better bartender (no offense). This place is as persnickety about its elixirs as any cocktail bar in the country, but exudes a refreshing “Come in, let us make you happy” attitude.

500 A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9150,