Best of Boston

Best Bartender

2018 Best Bartender

Tenzin Samdo, ArtScience

Industry vet Tenzin Samdo has taken over the bar-director role at ArtScience with grace and ease, sticking to the tech-forward restaurant’s tradition of high-flying, science-forward [...] read more»
2017 Best Bartender

Will Thompson, Ruka

Will Thompson honed his cocktail craft at Drink, developed a spot-on classics-focused opening beverage program for gilded supper club Yvonne's, and has now come up [...] read more»
2016 Best Bartender

Todd Maul, Cafe Artscience

Imagine a boozy amuse-bouche of scotch, inhaled as a plume of smoke. Or a mai tai that actually grows stronger thanks to rum-soaked banana leaves [...] read more»
2015 Best Bartender

Patrick Gaggiano, Vialé

There are a couple of reasons to visit a bar. One is to sip masterful cocktails. The other is to savor the charms of the [...] read more»
2014 Best Bartender

Kevin Mabry, JM Curley, Bogie’s Place, Merrill & Co.

When he helped open JM Curley in 2012, Kevin Mabry did for the basic G & T what the kitchen did for Curley’s legendary burger—that is, take [...] read more»
2013 Best Bartender

Sam Treadway, Backbar

In just a year, Treadway has taken this already exciting snack-and-cocktail spot and upped the ante even further with his unique mix of seasonally driven [...] read more»
2012 Best Bartender


This is the year of the cocktail bar, and the city's top new spots are anchored by considerable talent. There's Scott Marshall shaking and stirring [...] read more»
2011 Best Bartender

Todd Maul, Clio

While the sheer number of cocktails on the 80-drink list makes our frontal cortex twitch, it's the list's creator who brings it to refreshing, delicious [...] read more»
2008 Best Bartender

John Gertsen, No. 9 Park

Charm and meticulousness have earned this mixologist more than his fair share of props. But that's no reason to deny him this year's Best of [...] read more»
2007 Best Bartender

Jackson Cannon

Settle into Eastern Standard's plush, cozy bar and let Cannon welcome you with an easy grin and quick, imaginative recommendations: an old-school cocktail he's revived [...] read more»