Best of Boston

Best Pickup Bar

2012 Best Pickup Bar

Woodward at the Ames

When you're looking for someone to pick up what you're puttin' down, try the Ames hotel's saloon, where a glass-topped bar and stainless steel accents [...] read more»
2011 Best Pickup Bar

Towne Stove and Spirits

If Towne isn't a pickup bar, then everybody must have something stuck in their teeth. Why else would so many people be looking at so [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Sugar Mommies

Bokx 109

It's cougar season year-round at this sizzling restaurant-bar, where prime specimens purr over glasses of ros and flash their tanned, toned legs from cushy booths. [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Boho Beer Snobs

The Publick House

At Brookline's artisan-suds mecca, a vintage Son Volt tour tee will get you further with the aging hipster crowd than any designer finery; let it [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Personal Chef

Eastern Standard

Want an S.O. who can actually cook (or do the dishes)? Check out the long marble bar late on Sunday night, when the city's hot, [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Last Year's Alibi Regulars


Status-minded locals and their lithe European counterparts suck down lychee martinis while scouting the crowd (and sizing up the competition). The must-have accessory: a glamorous-sounding [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Girls Out on a Girls' Night Out

Cuchi Cuchi

For bevies of dressed-to-the-nines bachelorettes and BFFs, a night at this dark-lit speakeasy may begin as female bonding, but fast-forward three margaritas later, and watch [...] read more»
2009 Best Pickup Bar, Sugar Daddies


Those who like their men as rich as a well-marbled rib-eye frequent this wood-paneled, martini-soaked Italian steakhouse packed with Mad Men wannabes, both of the [...] read more»
2008 Best Pickup Bar


It's easy to agree on where to mingle if you and your posse are bent on skimming from the same pool, whether that's just-graduated daddy's [...] read more»
2007 Best Pickup Bar

Foundation Lounge

"Pickup bar" may evoke images of oily, used-car guys with thatches of chest hair bursting from half-buttoned shirts, but you won't find much of that [...] read more»
2006 Best Pickup Bar

Vox Populi

In this den of preppy testosterone, the open floor plan encourages circulating (the better to scope prospects), the pop soundtrack doesn't drown out conversation (the [...] read more»
2005 Best Pickup Bar

Gypsy Bar

A constant stream of stylish singles flows through the doors of Gypsy Bar on weekends, where they entertain themselves before the eye-catching glow of the [...] read more»
2004 Best Pickup Bar

Silvertone Bar & Grill

Being single has its perks; getting hit on in a sweaty bar on a Friday night is not necessarily one of them. But before you [...] read more»
2003 Best Pickup Bar

Harvard Gardens

A bit loungey, a tad yuppie, Harvard Gardens is an ideal place to meet your dress-casual mate. The bar is crowded from Wednesday to Saturday, [...] read more»
2002 Best Pickup Bar


Fiery martinis, seductive lighting, chef Jamie Mammano's Mediterranean flavors, alluring bartenders—whatever drarws them there, the beautiful people who sidle up to Mistral's long, intimate bar [...] read more»