Essential Cocktail Bars in Boston
16 excellent drinking destinations
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Boston is historically a beer town, but over the past decade, cocktails have made a comeback. Naomi Levy, formerly bar manager of Eastern Standard, has witnessed the transition firsthand. She notes, "When I started here six years ago, if you made an egg drink in front of somebody, they'd be like 'Ew, what's that?' And now you make an egg drink in front of somebody, and they go 'Ooh, what's that?'"
Many Boston bartenders credit the now-defunct B-Side Lounge for reviving interest in craft cocktails. Joe McGuirk, bar manager at Highland Kitchen and formerly of B-Side Lounge – and an expert on Boston's cocktail culture – says, "I would argue that we're a leader in what's happening in the cocktail scene across the country. We're often there first. Places like Drink, Eastern Standard and the B-Side are kind of the trailblazers."
As Levy concludes, "The public has changed; we've preached the word of the cocktail and they've heard it." Below, a list of 16 of Boston's most noteworthy cocktail bars — with special thanks to McGuirk for his input.
Originally published October 12, 2015, as part of Cocktail Week 2015. Date of most recent update appears above.Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
2. Eastern Standard
3. No. 9 Park
4. The Hawthorne
recently stepped down from bartending regularly, Silvertone remains an important part of the city's cocktail culture. (In July 2016, Silvertone came under new ownership; no major changes are expected.)
7. Green Street
8. State Park
9. JM Curley
10. Brick & Mortar
11. Alden & Harlow
12. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
13. Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden
14. Café ArtScience
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16. Trina's Starlite Lounge
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