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We may not have happy hour, but from historic taverns pouring buzzy brews to high-end hotel bars mixing creative cocktails, Boston is one of the greatest drinking cities on earth. Yet with a bajillion options, which ones are truly worth your time? We tippled at every wine bar, gin joint, and hole in the wall in town, accounting for service, selection, and ambiance, to bring you the ultimate guide to drinking in Boston right now.
Concealed behind a nearly unmarked door, this place feels conspiratorial in the way that the best bars do. And inthe addition of a handsome library lounge upstairs made it even more of an Uber-worthy destination. The drink lineup offers plenty of steampunk whimsy—from a flask served in a cigar box to a beaker billowing with dry Dark males tend my bar.
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Here, cocktail geeks and Central Square hipsters alike jostle for space at the brilliant metallic horseshoe bar that almost glows in the low light. Drinks range from the fun and social, like the infamous Daiquiri Time Out a quartet of bar-industry-favorite shotsto such thoughtful but quaffable recipes as the White Mercedes Coupe lemongrass-infused gin with coconut, lemon, and absinthe.
The Disco Nap, made with mezcal, cucumber syrup, yellow Chartreuse, and lime. Back in the day before muddled herbs, fresh-squeezed juices, and custom ice cubes were de rigueur on drink menus, Barbara Lynch led the way by opening this sleek, culinary-minded cocktail bar in Fort Point.
Hidden away in an industrial part of Roxbury lies Dark males tend my bar stuff of our still-to-glass drinking dreams.
Stick with the tasting room theme and try a three-drink cocktail sampler such as the Classics, which includes a Sazerac, a bottled Old Fashioned, and a gin martini. Snacks include fancy imported cheese paired with Ritz crackers. Need to cut the capsaicin? That frozen Mudslide just keeps looking better and better. Something straightforward with a spin, such as the Double Wide—a tasty, rye-whiskey-and-cola-syrup-spiked riff on a Jack and Coke.
Think pickled eggs, pork-chop sandwiches, and a tongue-blistering Nashville hot chicken platter.
Come for the cocktail pitchers; stay for the late-night shuffleboard. But a couple of years in, their niche concept is a smash hit.
The drinks, meanwhile, match the cozy yet refined vibe—think generous pours of pinot, cocktails that are one or two twists away from old standbys try the Matador, a less-sweet spin on a margaritaand Night Shift hefe on draft. And newly installed bar manager Tenzin Samdo is taking these thought-provoking drinks one step further with his debut cocktail menu inspired by endangered species.
Stay warm out there with a half-carafe of spicy Rioja, best enjoyed by the fire pits.
You already know how great it is. The upstairs bar at Grill 23 is exactly what a steakhouse bar should be. The veteran white-jacketed bartenders expertly toe the line of attentiveness—always there but never hovering.
And there are endless bowls of spiced potato chips to snack on while sipping a well-stirred Old Fashioned or a pour from the next-level wine cellar. One of these days, it will be summer again. Start by sharing a pitcher of seasonally spiked sangria, and go from there.