Best of Boston

Best Bartender

1999 Best Bartender, Beer and Wine

Suzi Dobeli, Bukowski Tavern

Suzi doesn’t mix drinks, because Bukowski is a wine and beer bar only—albeit with one of the selections this side of Brighton. But she has […] read more»
1999 Best Bartender, Cocktails

Peter Cipriani, 29 Newbury

Sure, the only requirement for a good bartender is that he’s quick with a drink. For a great bartender, stir in some personality. But to […] read more»
1994 Best Bartender

Joe Zimmerman at Joe’s American Bar & Grill

Quick, courteous, friendly, and professional, Zimmerman is head and shoulders (literally and figuratively) above the rest. His supporting cast is better than most, too. read more»
1992 Best Bartender

Robert Gerard, St. Cloud

A better mixologist than Gerard would be hard to find. But what distinguishes him is the way he makes his three-sided bar feel like an […] read more»
1987 Best Bartender

Jimmy Pagonis, the Ocean Club

A pourer with a memory. read more»
1986 Best Bartender

Robert Gerard

<p>The distinguishing mark of a great bartender is the ability to satisfy all of the customers all of the time—the ability to play sex therapist […] read more»
1985 Best Bartender

Robert Gerard, St. Botolph’s Restaurant

Witty, erudite, and pours a good drink. read more»
1984 Best Bartender

Meredith, at 29 Newbury

Knows the trends and what makes a good martini. read more»
1983 Best Bartender

Al Alex, the Plaza Bar, Copley Plaza Hotel

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1983 Best Bartender, Recycled

Chuck Monroe, Grill 23 & Bar

First he was at Front Street, then at Cybele. Now he’s here. He’ll probably wind up at the BRA next. read more»
1982 Best Bartender

Joe Shea, at the Black Rose

Shea works the day shift during the week, and pours the best Guinness in town. Friendly, listens well. read more»
1982 Best Bartender, Disco

Richard Boudreau, Metro

This club is crowded and dark, but Bootie remembers faces, names, and who likes to talk and who doesn’t. read more»
1981 Best Bartender

Harmon Small, Circo & Sal’s

Small’s territory is a little alcove set off from the street by modern art and a huge mirror. If you need a cheering up, ask […] read more»
1980 Best Bartender

Jim Horgan, Front Street

After three years in a row, he retires the trophy. read more»
1979 Best Bartender

Jim Horgan

Front Street’s bar (260 Berkeley St., Boston) is a quiet, secure haven, protected by Horgan. A five-year veteran of the bartending wars of Boston and […] read more»