Best Pickup Bar in Boston

2013 Best Pickup Bar



A good pickup bar needs two things: a classy atmosphere, and really strong drinks. At Lolita, bartenders pour more than 50 varieties of tequila in a setting more apropos of…Read More

2012 Best Pickup Bar

Woodward at the Ames


When you’re looking for someone to pick up what you’re puttin’ down, try the Ames hotel’s saloon, where a glass-topped bar and stainless steel accents lend an upscale gloss to…Read More

2011 Best Pickup Bar

Towne Stove and Spirits


If Towne isn’t a pickup bar, then everybody must have something stuck in their teeth. Why else would so many people be looking at so many others? Put simply, for…Read More

2008 Best Pickup Bar



It’s easy to agree on where to mingle if you and your posse are bent on skimming from the same pool, whether that’s just-graduated daddy’s girls (Foundation Lounge), martini-swilling cougars…Read More

2007 Best Pickup Bar

Foundation Lounge


“Pickup bar” may evoke images of oily, used-car guys with thatches of chest hair bursting from half-buttoned shirts, but you won’t find much of that here. With its mood lighting,…Read More

2006 Best Pickup Bar

Vox Populi


In this den of preppy testosterone, the open floor plan encourages circulating (the better to scope prospects), the pop soundtrack doesn’t drown out conversation (the better to initiate small talk),…Read More

2005 Best Pickup Bar

Gypsy Bar


A constant stream of stylish singles flows through the doors of Gypsy Bar on weekends, where they entertain themselves before the eye-catching glow of the video-screen wall with cocktails such…Read More

2004 Best Pickup Bar

Silvertone Bar & Grill


Being single has its perks; getting hit on in a sweaty bar on a Friday night is not necessarily one of them. But before you resign yourself to that, seek…Read More

2003 Best Pickup Bar

Harvard Gardens


A bit loungey, a tad yuppie, Harvard Gardens is an ideal place to meet your dress-casual mate. The bar is crowded from Wednesday to Saturday, but the low lighting and…Read More

2002 Best Pickup Bar



Fiery martinis, seductive lighting, chef Jamie Mammano’s Mediterranean flavors, alluring bartenders—whatever drarws them there, the beautiful people who sidle up to Mistral’s long, intimate bar wind up in the mood…Read More

2001 Best Pickup Bar

Vox Populi


It’s easy to strike up a conversation over a crantini (cranberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry juice) as you push through the well-heeled crowd and saddle up the bar…Read More

1991 Best Pickup Bar

The Cactus Club


Dead-animal skulls on the walls and designer jeans and miniskirts on the clientele make this the great yuppie roundup…Read More

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