Best of Boston

Best Bartender

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»
2006 Best Bartender

Jason Lomberg, Plaza III

Attentive and charming, Lomberg plies his trade in the tourist-infested depths of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where he’s developed an admirable tolerance for onerous drink orders. […] read more»
2005 Best Bartender

Lee Jennings, Union Bar and Grille

A bartender’s primary pursuits are a flawless cocktail mixed with speed and accuracy, and sensational service graciously delivered. Jennings has mastered both. Part bartender, part […] read more»
2004 Best Bartender

Shawn Ahern, Union Bar and Grille

Quick with the drink recommendation and the flourished bottle, Shawn Ahern is a professional in a trade too full of aspirant talk-show hosts. He pours […] read more»
2003 Best Bartender

Greg Griffin, Saint

There are some who believe that a bartender should be neither seen nor heard—that he or she should be a pair of hands floating mimelike […] read more»
2001 Best Bartender

Joe McGuirk, B-Side Lounge

McGuirk is a throwback to a time when cocktails were made without a measuring cup, lighting a lady’s cigarette was cool, and bow-tied bartenders had […] read more»
2000 Best Bartender, Drinks

Joe McGuirk, B-Side Lounge

The B-Side Lounge has the feel of a real neighborhood establishment, but ever since Joe was written up in Details magazine as a great bartender, […] read more»