Best Bar Food in Boston




Want to know a secret? We love eating at a fine-dining establishment’s bar, where we get the same great fare and ambiance sans obsequious servers. And the best spot in…Read More

2011 Best Bar Food, Casual

Audubon Circle


Boston is full of places to grab a beer, a greasy burger, or wings on the cheap. But for a brew and tasty bites that won’t cause a morning-after food…Read More

2011 Best Bar Food, Specialty

The Haven

Jamaica Plain

The brave-hearted folks at this all-Scottish pub have liberated us from boring Anglo bar snacks. We’ve fallen hard for the tantalizing sausage-wrapped hard-boiled eggs and finnan haddie croquettes. Chasing it…Read More

2011 Best Bar Food, Upscale

Craigie On Main


Few food-world darlings have gotten more love of late than chef Tony Maws; everyone from Martha Stewart to James Beard has gushed. But for all the highfalutin accolades Maws has…Read More

2010 Best Bar Food

Chez Henri


Bellying up to the bar has never felt so sophisticated as it does at Chez Henri, a classic Cambridge bistro. The bar fare—like that offered in the dining room—strikes a…Read More

2009 Best Bar Food

Sel de la Terre


To go along with its spanking-new digs, the Back Bay outpost of this country-French standby has installed a smart but casual downstairs café with a menu to match. We’re partial…Read More

2008 Best Bar Food, Upscale



Posh as they are, the folks behind the Downtown Crossing eatery Blu recognize that a bar menu just ain’t a bar menu without fries, wings, and mozzarella sticks. Except here,…Read More

2008 Best Bar Food, Affordable

Bukowski Tavern


Bukowski Tavern Empirical testing has shown that of all the items the human body can digest, no two hit the spot more reliably than hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly…Read More

2006 Best Bar Food, Affordable

The Pour House


There are two things that make for a good bar: booze and cheap, greasy food. From steak tips to fajitas to burgers, the Pour House has plenty of the latter,…Read More

2005 Best Bar Food, Upscale



Unlike at many chichi restaurants, chef-owner Jamie Mammano’s entire critically acclaimed menu is served at Mistral’s bar until quite late, freeing barflies to sidle up to that sexy someone without…Read More

2003 Best Bar Food

Chez Henri


Slow-roasted pork, wafer-thin ham, and gooey Gruyère, pressed together between slices of buttery, crisp Portuguese bread and served skillet-hot with homemade plaintain chips—there may be other ways to end a…Read More

2002 Best Bar Food, Gourmet

West Side Lounge


From the day it opened, the West Side was a draw for Cantabrigians looking for a perfectly made cocktail and a darkly lit booth. But when chef Alex Jenkins arrived…Read More

2001 Best Bar Food

DeLux Café & Lounge


Walls covered in ’50s album covers, an Elvis shrine offset by Christmas lights, a crowd as thick with tattoos as with suits, restrooms wallpapered with old Eloise and Spiderman clippings—DeLux…Read More

1990 Best Bar Food



The bar at Biba is a scene, with the local swells packing the place every night. They must be coming for the sensational bar snacks—especially the crispy scallion pancakes, and…Read More

1989 Best Bar Food

St. Cloud


Brooks Brothers skirts, Louis shirts, white leather boots, and black funk. What do they have in common? You can see ’em all at the St. Cloud bar, where anybody and…Read More

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