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Located across from Boston Common, Explorateur is one of Boston’s best spots for drinking and working remotely
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Where to Have a Drink While Working Remotely in and Around Boston

These local cafes, bars, and restaurants have Wi-Fi, alcohol, and the perfect ambiance for productivity

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Located across from Boston Common, Explorateur is one of Boston’s best spots for drinking and working remotely
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Camping out with a laptop and a latte has become commonplace, but sometimes it’s nice to sip on something a bit stronger while finishing up the day’s work. Luckily, the Boston area has a growing number of spots that toe the line between cafe and bar, inviting patrons to get some work done while enjoying beer, wine, or a cocktail. From local breweries to one of the area’s best cocktail bars, here are 12 of the best places to have a drink while working remotely.

All of the spots on this map have the necessities for working away from the office: outlets, free Wi-Fi, and a cafe-like atmosphere that encourages patrons to linger. They also offer a selection of alcoholic beverages to help make getting work done just a little more fun.

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Remnant Brewing

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Nestled within Bow Market, Remnant Brewing seeks to emulate the day-to-night feeling of European cafes and breweries by offering coffee, tea, and pastries in addition to craft brews. Remnant offers half pours of its beers, which can be handy if you’re trying to get some work done. Food from the market’s many vendors can be brought into the taproom.

Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
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Backbar

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Arguably one of the best cocktail bars in the Boston area, Backbar opens at 4 p.m. every day except Monday and encourages patrons to use “Genius Hour” to finish up their workday over an expertly crafted drink and free Wi-Fi. Order from the always stellar menu or chat with the bartender to find your perfect cocktail. Snacks from neighboring restaurant Field & Vine are served from 5 p.m. on.

Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Loyal Nine

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The cafe attached to this East Cambridge eatery serves wine, beer, and bloody marys after 10 a.m. alongside a small but excellent menu of breakfast and lunch fare. What Loyal Nine’s simple bloodies lack in the garnish department, they make up for in flavor. You’ll fit right in with the other patrons parked on their laptops. If weather permits, head for the spacious patio.

Loyal Nine
Lunch and a drink at Loyal Nine’s cafe
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Lamplighter Brewing Co.

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The Lamplighter taproom shares its space with Longfellows cafe, making it a perfect spot to take out your laptop while you linger over a beer or a flight. It hosts frequent food pop-ups with local restaurants and vendors. Don’t leave without peeking into the brewery space next door to see if resident Samoyed Barley Smalls is around!

Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Lamplighter Brewing Co. offers beer flights
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Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)

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The Everett brewery’s new Boston taproom at Lovejoy Wharf opens for coffee and breakfast at 6 a.m. and starts serving its fantastic beers at 11 a.m. The large, sunny space provides plenty of spots to camp out with a view of the river while sipping on beer or coffee and enjoying a full menu of food and snacks. Outlets are plentiful, and the bar is lined with USB chargers.

Night Shift
Night Shift has an extensive selection of beers
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Darwin's Ltd.

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The Massachusetts Avenue location of this Cambridge standby has a solid menu of wine, beer, and cocktails. Darwin’s makes the best of its cordials license with drinks like the Elderflower G&T (the G standing for Genever). Friday tastings give patrons an opportunity to sample some of the offerings before choosing one and settling in to get some work done (or not).

Darwin’s Ltd.
The Massachusetts Avenue Darwin’s Ltd. is a multi-level space
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Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge

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While better known for its stunning vintage industrial decor and Instagram-worthy croissants, Tradesman also offers a menu of wine, beer, and cocktails — think cold-brew Negronis and hot chocolate spiked with Cynar and Green Chartreuse. Don’t let these creative offerings overshadow the espresso martini, which is not to be missed. Laptops are welcome, and the cafe atmosphere encourages sticking around and getting work done.

Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Don’t miss the espresso martini at Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

George Howell Coffee and the Lobby Bar at the Godfrey Hotel

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Downtown Crossing staple George Howell Coffee, located at the Godfrey Hotel, has recently started serving wine and beer beginning at 2 p.m. Pair your drink with Marcona almonds or warm mixed olives off the bar snack menu. After 4 p.m., you can migrate next door to the Godfrey Hotel’s Lobby Bar, which also welcomes laptops and boasts a solid menu of cocktails as well as an impressive whiskey list.

The Godfrey Hotel
The lobby bar at the Godfrey Hotel
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Explorateur

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This large and lovely European-style cafe at the edge of the Common is one of the best spots in Boston to grab a coffee and work on your laptop. But at 4 p.m., Explorateur quietly opens its bar to offer patrons a spectacular menu of classic and original cocktails that you’re welcome to sip on while finishing up your work.

Cafe interior, featuring light tiling and green accents
Explorateur
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Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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This Newbury Street fixture offers wine and beer in addition to a large menu of food, coffee, juices, and smoothies. The bar is a great spot to sit while you work or enjoy a good book. If you do order a drink, a large bowl of potato chips is likely to show up shortly after.

Working at Trident
Working at Trident
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Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar

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Two of Jaho’s three Boston locations (Chinatown and Back Bay) serve alcohol after 11 a.m. Their menus are filled with treats like boozy bubble tea and a Vietnamese coffee martini, as well as a variety of fine wines and craft beers. Comfy chairs abound for settling in and getting some work done while you enjoy your drink.

Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Some of the drinks at Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Square Root

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This charming spot in Roslindale is many things in one: a cafe, a bar, a workspace, and a performance venue. It boasts a carefully curated selection of beers and wines available after 11 a.m. Co-working is encouraged, and the staff will be more than happy to have you pull out your laptop while you enjoy the atmosphere and a drink or two.

A beer sits on a dark wooden table in a casual cafe setting. A blurred person in a backpack can be seen making a purchase at the counter, where coffee equipment is visible.
The Square Root plays a variety of roles in Roslindale
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Remnant Brewing

Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Nestled within Bow Market, Remnant Brewing seeks to emulate the day-to-night feeling of European cafes and breweries by offering coffee, tea, and pastries in addition to craft brews. Remnant offers half pours of its beers, which can be handy if you’re trying to get some work done. Food from the market’s many vendors can be brought into the taproom.

Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
Beer (and ’nada dogs from Buenas) at Remnant
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Backbar

Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Arguably one of the best cocktail bars in the Boston area, Backbar opens at 4 p.m. every day except Monday and encourages patrons to use “Genius Hour” to finish up their workday over an expertly crafted drink and free Wi-Fi. Order from the always stellar menu or chat with the bartender to find your perfect cocktail. Snacks from neighboring restaurant Field & Vine are served from 5 p.m. on.

Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Backbar’s mocktails — like this one, Thyme for Apples — are just as elaborate as its cocktails
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Loyal Nine

Loyal Nine
Lunch and a drink at Loyal Nine’s cafe
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The cafe attached to this East Cambridge eatery serves wine, beer, and bloody marys after 10 a.m. alongside a small but excellent menu of breakfast and lunch fare. What Loyal Nine’s simple bloodies lack in the garnish department, they make up for in flavor. You’ll fit right in with the other patrons parked on their laptops. If weather permits, head for the spacious patio.

Loyal Nine
Lunch and a drink at Loyal Nine’s cafe
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Lamplighter Brewing Co. offers beer flights
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Lamplighter taproom shares its space with Longfellows cafe, making it a perfect spot to take out your laptop while you linger over a beer or a flight. It hosts frequent food pop-ups with local restaurants and vendors. Don’t leave without peeking into the brewery space next door to see if resident Samoyed Barley Smalls is around!

Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Lamplighter Brewing Co. offers beer flights
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)

Night Shift
Night Shift has an extensive selection of beers
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Everett brewery’s new Boston taproom at Lovejoy Wharf opens for coffee and breakfast at 6 a.m. and starts serving its fantastic beers at 11 a.m. The large, sunny space provides plenty of spots to camp out with a view of the river while sipping on beer or coffee and enjoying a full menu of food and snacks. Outlets are plentiful, and the bar is lined with USB chargers.

Night Shift
Night Shift has an extensive selection of beers
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Darwin's Ltd.

Darwin’s Ltd.
The Massachusetts Avenue Darwin’s Ltd. is a multi-level space
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Massachusetts Avenue location of this Cambridge standby has a solid menu of wine, beer, and cocktails. Darwin’s makes the best of its cordials license with drinks like the Elderflower G&T (the G standing for Genever). Friday tastings give patrons an opportunity to sample some of the offerings before choosing one and settling in to get some work done (or not).

Darwin’s Ltd.
The Massachusetts Avenue Darwin’s Ltd. is a multi-level space
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge

Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Don’t miss the espresso martini at Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

While better known for its stunning vintage industrial decor and Instagram-worthy croissants, Tradesman also offers a menu of wine, beer, and cocktails — think cold-brew Negronis and hot chocolate spiked with Cynar and Green Chartreuse. Don’t let these creative offerings overshadow the espresso martini, which is not to be missed. Laptops are welcome, and the cafe atmosphere encourages sticking around and getting work done.

Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Don’t miss the espresso martini at Tradesman Coffee Shop & Lounge
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

George Howell Coffee and the Lobby Bar at the Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel
The lobby bar at the Godfrey Hotel
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Downtown Crossing staple George Howell Coffee, located at the Godfrey Hotel, has recently started serving wine and beer beginning at 2 p.m. Pair your drink with Marcona almonds or warm mixed olives off the bar snack menu. After 4 p.m., you can migrate next door to the Godfrey Hotel’s Lobby Bar, which also welcomes laptops and boasts a solid menu of cocktails as well as an impressive whiskey list.

The Godfrey Hotel
The lobby bar at the Godfrey Hotel
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Explorateur

Cafe interior, featuring light tiling and green accents
Explorateur
Sarah Storrer/Eater

This large and lovely European-style cafe at the edge of the Common is one of the best spots in Boston to grab a coffee and work on your laptop. But at 4 p.m., Explorateur quietly opens its bar to offer patrons a spectacular menu of classic and original cocktails that you’re welcome to sip on while finishing up your work.

Cafe interior, featuring light tiling and green accents
Explorateur
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Working at Trident
Working at Trident
Alice Daer/Flickr (Creative Commons)

This Newbury Street fixture offers wine and beer in addition to a large menu of food, coffee, juices, and smoothies. The bar is a great spot to sit while you work or enjoy a good book. If you do order a drink, a large bowl of potato chips is likely to show up shortly after.

Working at Trident
Working at Trident
Alice Daer/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar

Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Some of the drinks at Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

Two of Jaho’s three Boston locations (Chinatown and Back Bay) serve alcohol after 11 a.m. Their menus are filled with treats like boozy bubble tea and a Vietnamese coffee martini, as well as a variety of fine wines and craft beers. Comfy chairs abound for settling in and getting some work done while you enjoy your drink.

Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Some of the drinks at Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

The Square Root

A beer sits on a dark wooden table in a casual cafe setting. A blurred person in a backpack can be seen making a purchase at the counter, where coffee equipment is visible.
The Square Root plays a variety of roles in Roslindale
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

This charming spot in Roslindale is many things in one: a cafe, a bar, a workspace, and a performance venue. It boasts a carefully curated selection of beers and wines available after 11 a.m. Co-working is encouraged, and the staff will be more than happy to have you pull out your laptop while you enjoy the atmosphere and a drink or two.

A beer sits on a dark wooden table in a casual cafe setting. A blurred person in a backpack can be seen making a purchase at the counter, where coffee equipment is visible.
The Square Root plays a variety of roles in Roslindale
Katie Faust Stryjewski/Eater

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