Best Bar in Boston

2016

Razors Barbershop

Somerville

In a time of disposable blades and unisex salons, you’d be forgiven for thinking the straight razor shave had gone the way of Brylcreem and wooden teeth. But practitioners of…Read More

2016 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

20byNine

Oak Bluffs

Martha’s Vineyard is known for many things, from crispy fried clams to breathtaking beaches. But top-notch craft-cocktail bars wasn’t one of them—that is, until 20byNine came along. You can’t go...Read More

2016 Best Bar for Live Music

Wally’s Café

Boston

From the outside, Wally’s looks like your average anonymous dive. But the drab exterior belies its storied history: This place has put live jazz acts on stage 365 days a...Read More

2016 Best Bar, Nantucket

Ventuno’s Back Bar

Nantucket

The al fresco bar tucked behind Ventuno is less polished than the anchoring Italian restaurant, but that’s part of the charm. With a beachy-casual vibe owing to a cover of...Read More

2016 Best Bar Alternative

Brooklyn Boulders

Somerville

With a café and lounge space and late-night hours, this 40,000-square-foot oasis of rock-climbing walls is a tempting way to break free from your Friday-night routine. If the upper-body burn...Read More

2016 Best Bar, Cape Cod

Trevi Café and Wine Bar

Mashpee

Yes, it’s nestled within the tourist mecca of Mashpee Commons. No matter: Once you step into Trevi, you might as well be on a European vacation with your secret paramour....Read More

2016 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

The meat’s still sweet—and smoky, and spicy—at Top Chef vet Tiffani Faison’s firstborn by Fenway, where the southern-inspired barbecue hasn’t suffered for the opening of her neighboring restaurant, Tiger Mama....Read More

2016 Best Bartender

Todd Maul, Café Artscience

Cambridge

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 lining the walls of your...Read More

2016 Best Bar Program

Shepard

Cambridge

A stock of syrups, infusions, and other mixology gimmicks is unnecessary when your way with the classics is so sound. Such is the case at Shepard, where bar manager Nic...Read More

2016 Best Barre Studio

Xtend Barre

Boston

It might be 6:30 a.m. on a dreary Tuesday morning, but the staff at Xtend are all smiles, laughter, and encouragement.The positivity doesn’t stop at the barre; even as you...Read More

2016 Best Barware

The Boston Shaker

Somerville

The Boston Shaker has everything the imbibing sophisticate needs to equip his or her bar cart, from handblown tiki mugs to specialty ingredients like lavender bitters...Read More

2015 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Tiffani Faison’s barbecue temple has taken the smoky crown in this town four years running, and justifiably so. Those fussing over the heftier prices should note—her fall-apart ribs, crackly-skinned sausages,...Read More

2015 Best Bar, Cape Cod

Quahog Republic

Falmouth

You will not leave this boisterous hangout sober. It pours some of the cheapest, strongest cocktails we’ve ever sipped. (At least they’re made with fresh-squeezed juices, so we can feel...Read More

2015 Best Bar, Nantucket

Millie’s

Nantucket

With strong drinks, panoramic ocean views, and a shoes-optional vibe, Millie’s has all the makings of the perfect island beach bar. Here longtime locals happily commingle with the weekenders, thanks...Read More

2015 Best Bar Menu

Erbaluce

Boston

With its dim lighting, convenient Bay Village locale, and peerless carbonara pasta, Erbaluce has been a destination for occasion Italian dining since it opened in 2008. Perhaps less appreciated, however,...Read More

2015 Best Bar Program

Alden & Harlow

Cambridge

Chef Michael Scelfo’s first solo outing was an instant success thanks to its vegetable-forward fare and ungodly rich, smoky burger. But Scelfo also deserves a pat on the back for...Read More

2015 Best Bar with Games

Knight Moves Café

Brookline

Not technically a bar (it’s BYOB), New England’s only board-game café offers gamers the opportunity to hang out in a comfier version of their living room while kicking their friends’...Read More

2015 Best Bartender

Patrick Gaggiano, Vialé

Cambridge

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 bartender, a pleasure you’ll discover...Read More

2015 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

If there’s one thing that goes well with great drinks, it’s shuffleboard. The Port Hunter, opened in 2012 by two local brothers, has both, plus a solid beer menu with...Read More

2014 Best Bar Pizzas, South

Lynwood Café

Randolph

When it comes to bar pizza on the South Shore, there are important standards to meet. Are the to-go pies placed between two cardboard plates and slid into a brown...Read More

2014 Best Bar Menu

Rialto

Cambridge

It’s hardly a secret that Jody Adams’s Cambridge institution has mastered high-end Italian fare. But the strength of the vast, separate bar menu—with bites like duck-pâté bruschetta and pan-roasted broccoli,...Read More

2014 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

Martha’s Vineyard has a lot going for it—stunning harbor views, bountiful farmers’ markets—but excellent cocktails? Let’s just say that’s been a work in progress. Until now, that is. Helping lead...Read More

2014 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Local barbecue fiends once faced a split decision: You could hit up roadhouse joints like Lester’s, in Burlington, or SoulFire, in Allston, or go a tier higher at Newton’s Blue...Read More

2014 Best Bar, Cape Cod

The Beachcomber

Wellfleet

When President John F. Kennedy established the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961, he effectively curbed future development in the area. The preexisting Beachcomber, however—housed in an 1897 former lifesaving...Read More

2014 Best Bar, Nantucket

The Nautilus

Nantucket

With Fernet flowing from the tap, this new hot spot attracts an industry crowd. But really, anyone who appreciates a well-crafted drink will enjoy bar manager Clinton Terry’s creative takes...Read More

2013 Best Bar Menu

No. 9 Park

Boston

Chef Barbara Lynch uses the bar menu at her swanky Beacon Hill flagship to experiment with more gently priced (but no less divine) fare—prime steak tartare, truffled potato gnocchi, and...Read More

2013 Best Bartender

Sam Treadway, Backbar

Somerville

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 classics (like our favorite drink...Read More

2013 Best Bar, South

Alma Nove

Hingham

Technically speaking, Alma Nove is a restaurant. But why quibble? There are only so many places where you can sit outside next to a giant fire pit, sip a well-crafted...Read More

2013 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

Brick Cellar at Atria

Edgartown

Estonian beer, caipirinhas with a citrus twist—this swanky underground bar is not your typical Vineyard watering hole. The drinks are fun, the atmosphereis cozy and intimate, and the food (including...Read More

2013 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Anatomy of a Winner: Contained on a paper-lined tray (and scattered on the reclaimed wood table) is barbecue bliss, as follows. 1. A variety of house-made hot sauces lets you dress your...Read More

2013 Best Bar, North

The Dog Bar/65 Main

Gloucester

Folks who come to this beloved local watering hole enjoy its outdoor patio and live music on weekends, and get an added bonus: They can walk into the adjoining restaurant,...Read More

2013 Best Bar, Cape Cod

Nor’ East Beer Garden

Provincetown

The Cape has its share of pubs ready to get you good and sloshed, but if you’d rather savor a drink than slam it back, the Nor’ East Beer Garden,...Read More

2013 Best Bar, Nantucket

Galley Beach

Nantucket

For the ultimate drink with a view, head to this chichi waterfront lounge, plant your feet firmly in the sand, and try a Moscow Mule or a North Shore (made...Read More

2013 Best Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Newton

Opened nearly 100 years ago as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, this historical spot has remade itself as a fun, lively place to catch up with friends over craft cocktails (don’t miss...Read More

2012 Best Bar, Upscale

The Hawthorne

Boston

Enjoy hosting your friends in your über-cool city apartment while mixing up painstakingly hand-swizzled drinks? Going to the Hawthorne is a lot like that, with a built-in cleanup crew and...Read More

2012 Best Bar Food

Clio

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

2012 Best Bartender

Backbar

Somerville

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 at the Hawthorne, and Misty...Read More

2012 Best Bar, South

Union Brewhouse

Weymouth

Wood paneling, arcade games, a collection of retro beer cans … hopping onto a barstool at the Union Brewhouse is like sneaking down to your uncle’s basement man cave, circa...Read More

2012 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

Brick Cellar at Atria

Edgartown

Escape the pickled beach-bar crowd at this sexy subterranean spot, with its smart mix of single malts and blends, local beers, and a carefully cultivated wine selection. Order from upstairs...Read More

2012 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Smoked meat, we’ve long held, is the great equalizer—the one cuisine practically everyone (vegetarians aside) can agree on. For proof, head to chef Tiffani Faison’s tribute to Texas. You’ll find...Read More

2012 Best Bar, North

Vics Boathouse at Victoria Station

Salem

Serene by day, sultry by night, and boasting tantalizing harbor views, Vic’s hosts an endless cavalcade of events (open-mike nights, karaoke, and dancing), fueled by an expansive beer list—Pretty Things,...Read More

2012 Best Bar, Cape Cod

The Raw Bar

Mashpee

You get the feeling that the topless mermaid suspended from the ceiling here has probably seen it all. From the well-tanned friends whispering about something from last night to the...Read More

2012 Best Bar, Nantucket

The Brotherhood of Thieves

Nantucket

This casual spot offers a three-for-one boozing experience: The bustling biergarten, which features beer, wine, and spirits from Nantucket’s own Cisco Brewers; the relaxed upstairs bar, perfect for kicking back...Read More

2012 Best Bar, West

The Cottage Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill

Hand-stirred swizzles and strong Sazeracs may rule the city, but the western ‘burbs are still frothing with pomegranate margaritas. Is that a bad thing? Not if those drinks are served...Read More

2011 Best Bar, West

The Biltmore Bar and Grille

Newton Upper Falls

“Newton Upper Falls” and “hipster pub” aren’t words you normally hear in the same sentence. Yet there it is: a suburban bar sporting a comfortably dark atmosphere, live music on...Read More

2011 Best Bar Food, Casual

Audubon Circle

Boston

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, Upscale

Drink

Boston

From behind a bar devoid of the usual parade of bottles, some of the city’s most acclaimed barkeeps mix and measure with scientific precision, pulling esoteric liquors, cocktail-specific utensils, tiny...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

Cambridge

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

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