Best of Boston

2013 Best Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Opened nearly 100 years ago as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, this historical spot has remade itself as a fun, lively place to catch up with friends over craft cocktails (don’t miss the pear sidecar), local brews, and gut-busting fare such as chicken and waffles with honey butter.

1205 Chestnut St., Newton, 617-527-2550,