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The “castaway” at Next Door in East Boston.
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16 New Bars to Try in Greater Boston

Tiki drinks, sake, caipirinha flights, hard kombucha, and more — these are some of the most exciting new bars to check out right now

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The “castaway” at Next Door in East Boston.
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Welcome to the updated Eater Boston Cocktail Heatmap, highlighting interesting new drinking destinations around the Boston area. (The focus is on cocktail bars, hence the name, but other drinking destinations such as wine bars and taprooms are occasionally included, as well as new restaurants with intriguing bar programs.)

This map is updated several times a year and features bars and restaurants under a year old, although older spots that have made recent significant changes to their beverage programs may appear here as well.

Curious about previous entries on the Cocktail Heatmap? Check out the archive.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dear Annie

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1741 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Bustling new Cambridge wine bar Dear Annie, which features a light pescatarian menu and a casual counter-service/communal-seating model, is a collaboration between the teams behind popular Somerville businesses Rebel Rebel (a funky little wine bar) and Field & Vine (a restaurant celebrating all things seasonal and local). Head to the counter to discuss your wine preferences with the knowledgeable staff; they’ll help you pick something really cool and maybe a little weird, if that’s your thing. Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test required for indoor seating.

Two neon eyes light up the large front windows of a restaurant, which is built in a one-story stone building.
Look for the glowing eyes on Massachusetts Avenue.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

2. La Royal

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221 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 909-9855
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It’s all about the pisco, mezcal, and an Andean herbal elixir called Matacuy at this new Peruvian restaurant in Cambridge, sibling to Somerville gem Celeste. Author and food scholar Darra Goldstein collaborated with La Royal on a series of liquor macerations; try pisco macerated with hibiscus and pomegranate in the La Royal sour. Those more interested in wine than cocktails will find a largely South American list.

Five different cocktails are lined up on a metallic bar with silver shakers and plants in the background.
Cocktails at La Royal.
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3. Zuzu's Petals

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204 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-7749
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This intimate, cellphone-free wine and dessert bar in Inman Square serves gorgeous sweet treats by co-owner Alexandra Whisnant (also behind Somerville chocolate shop Gâté Comme Des Filles) and local cheeses and meats selected by co-owner Bobby MacLean (also behind Somerville shop Picnic & Pantry). The wine list, all by the glass, has options for casual drinkers and serious connoisseurs alike. “You can come in and get a glass of really, really good wine, and that’s enough; it’s deeply satisfying,” Whisnant previously told Eater. “We want these wines to be things that you dream about afterward.”

Interior of a dimly lit small restaurant with light wooden floor, gray walls with purple trim near the ceiling, string lights, and tables with bright blue tops.
Zuzu’s Petals in Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

4. Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

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103 Porter St
Boston, MA 02128

Good luck getting a reservation to East Boston’s new hidden cocktail bar, Next Door: The Pazza on Porter sibling and neighbor books up quickly, thanks to its dramatically presented cocktails and seafood-focused menu of shellfish towers, caviar, crudo, and more. Those who do get in can work their way through drinks that are visually appealing but also expertly made — the smoke bubble toppings, flames, and such aren’t just gimmicks. Try the “lock and key,” a take on a pina colada made with clarified milk punch.

A hand opens a small treasure chest to reveal a yellow cocktail in a cloud of smoke.
The “lock and key” at Next Door.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

5. Wusong Road

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112 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 528-9125
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Two-story Harvard Square newcomer Wusong Road features a highly decorated tiki bar on the upper floor; ascend through a Legends of the Hidden Temple-esque stairwell to find mai tais, scorpion bowls, painkillers, and the like, paired with snacks like bao and scallion pancake rollups. On the lower level, find an abbreviated tiki drink selection, Hong Kong-inspired rice plates, and roasted duck (be sure to order the duck ahead of time.) Wusong Road is an ode to chef and co-owner Jason Doo’s nostalgia for his family’s American Chinese restaurant in which he grew up.

Isolated on a white background, a mai tai is in a glass decorated with a red Chinese-style dragon. The drink is garnished with a lime — decorative slices made into its skin — and fresh mint leaves.
A Wusong Road mai tai.
Wusong Road

6. Lamplighter CX

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110 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-2743
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Popular Cambridge brewery Lamplighter has added a new location at the Cambridge Crossing development near Lechmere. (Find it next to the Lexington.) Lamplighter CX features a taproom with a packed events calendar, plus a blending and barrel-aging facility. Drink a rotating selection of Lamplighter beers such as Apricot Rhapsody, a mixed culture sour aged on apricots, and Rabbit Rabbit, a double IPA; play shuffleboard; and snack on cheese and charcuterie boards or bring or order in outside food.

7. Farmacia

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5 N Square
Boston, MA 02113

Tiny new cocktail bar Farmacia, located next to its sibling spot Ciao Roma in the North End’s North Square, seats just nine people for its prepaid cocktail experience. Parla and Wink & Nod alum Phillip Rolfe is at the helm, leading visitors through a customizable journey of classic cocktails and bar snacks. The opening menu is Italian, but Rolfe will rotate the offerings about every 12 weeks — and if a drinker can’t find something to their liking on the menu, he’s happy to explore off-menu options tailored to their preferences. Reservations are not required but highly encouraged.

A place setting on a marble bar is emerald green and gold.
Farmacia.
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8. The Koji Club

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525 Western Ave #6
Brighton, MA 02135

Nerd out about sake at Boston’s first dedicated sake bar, the Koji Club, located at the growing Speedway marketplace in Brighton. Led by sake enthusiast and educator Alyssa Mikiko DiPasquale, a longtime O Ya alum, the Koji Club started as a virtual tasting club during the pandemic and now has its own cozy space with Japanese tavern vibes. Try something interesting to drink and snack on the light menu meant to complement the sake. There’s a Japanese curry empanada, for example, a collaboration with the Buenas team that will soon open South American wine bar and grocery store Super Bien at the Speedway. (In more of a beer mood? Salem-based Notch Brewing also has a taproom at the Speedway.)

Interior of a small sake bar with translucent red bar stools and a curved wooden bar.
The Koji Club in Brighton.
Kristin Teig

9. Daiquiris & Daisies

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100 High St T6
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 209-4672
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Daiquiris & Daisies is the cocktail bar at downtown Boston’s brand new food hall, High Street Place. From Hojoko alums Daren Swisher and Joe Cammarata, Daiquiris & Daisies is the place to go for, yes, daiquiris and daisies, but also a wide range of other classic and creative cocktails built on a deep list of spirits that they’re eager to discuss. (They’re paying a lot of attention to nonalcoholic cocktails, too, so this is the place to go to try a spirit-free daiquiri.)

Two classy-looking cocktails, one topped with a toothpick of raspberries, sit on a bar.
Cocktails at Daiquiris & Daisies.
Brian Samuels Photography/High Street Place

10. Bubble Bath

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100 High St
Boston, MA 02110
(857) 250-4645
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One of High Street Place’s other main purveyors of booze is wine bar Bubble Bath, part of restaurateur Tiffani Faison’s Big Heart Hospitality. The focus is on Champagne and other bubbly options — there’s even a Moët vending machine — but Bubble Bath also offers liquor lockers. (Most of High Street Place’s vendors serve booze, so those not in the mood for a cocktail [see Daiquiris & Daisies above] or Champagne can find Newburyport Brewing Co. sibling Alewives Tap Room, boozy milkshakes, frozen margaritas, and much, much more around the food hall.)

Three glasses of wine (a white, rose, and red) sit on a white bar top next to an ice bath of wine bottles.
Wines at High Street Place.
Brian Samuels Photography/High Street Place

11. Colette Lounge

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140 Boylston St 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 233-5962
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Not to be confused with the Cambridge French restaurant or the Medford French bakery named Colette, Boston bar Colette Lounge is located in the heart of Emerson College territory on the first floor of the Boylston Street location of the Cajun seafood boil chain Shaking Crab. Only open Thursday through Sunday, Colette Lounge serves New Orleans-inspired small plates and cocktails. This is the type of place where you’ll share a bright blue punch bowl with friends while snacking on lobster fries.

12. LTD Bar at Cusser’s

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304 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 917-5193
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The downstairs bar at Mooncusser isn’t new, but it’s freshly exciting to visit, having recently welcomed local bartending legend Todd Maul (Clio, Cafe ArtScience) in for a residency. As Maul fans know, he loves to play with technology; watch for him to create clarified juices using a centrifuge, quickly freeze liquids with a Snapchiller machine, and torch things. Catch him Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 4 p.m., when he joins Cusser’s bar manager Jay Patterson (also an ArtScience alum) on the scene.

13. The Bluebird Bar

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1293 Washington St
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 588-1035
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This cocktail bar and wood-fired grill comes from a team with resumes touching on lots of legendary local drinking spots, including Brick & Mortar, Green StreetBlossom Bar, and the gone-but-not-forgotten B-Side Lounge, so cocktail enthusiasts will find much to enjoy here, from traditional margaritas, mojitos, Tom Collins, and even a cosmo (menu description: “yup”) to mezcal cobblers, a rum Old Fashioned, and a solid aperitif selection.

14. Hecate

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48 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115

Swanky cocktail bar Hecate is tucked away under its big sibling Krasi, the popular Back Bay Greek restaurant and wine bar. Named for the Greek goddess of magic, boundaries, necromancy, and more, Hecate is meant to feel mystical and otherworldly, filled with details like intricately artistic menus and creative, beautiful cocktails. Yes, it’s tough to get in; there are no reservations, and the maximum party size is four. Check out the bar’s “tenets” here, and give it a try.

A pink-purple cocktail, served in a blue stoneware mug, is garnished with a peacock feather and served on a round black table.
The “santa muerte” at Hecate.
Adam Detour

15. Flying Embers Brewery & Social Club

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152 Hampden St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 708-8017
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With roots in California, Flying Embers opened its Roxbury taproom in 2021, specializing in hard kombuchas and hard seltzers in an array of intriguing flavors. Try a flight, or try a “boochtail” (that’s a kombucha cocktail), and grab a snack from the taproom’s food partner Bon Me. Watch for live music and other events, too.

16. Top Mix Bar & Kitchen

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365 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-3593
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Like its older sibling in Roxbury, Top Mix Bar & Kitchen in Jamaica Plain serves a mix of American and Caribbean dishes and drinks, with fun cocktail options like a caipirinha flight, a spicy margarita, and several “big ASS cocktails 4 TWO.” Stop by on “Tijuana Tuesday” for taco specials and a variety of flavored margaritas.

1. Dear Annie

1741 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Two neon eyes light up the large front windows of a restaurant, which is built in a one-story stone building.
Look for the glowing eyes on Massachusetts Avenue.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Bustling new Cambridge wine bar Dear Annie, which features a light pescatarian menu and a casual counter-service/communal-seating model, is a collaboration between the teams behind popular Somerville businesses Rebel Rebel (a funky little wine bar) and Field & Vine (a restaurant celebrating all things seasonal and local). Head to the counter to discuss your wine preferences with the knowledgeable staff; they’ll help you pick something really cool and maybe a little weird, if that’s your thing. Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test required for indoor seating.

1741 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. La Royal

221 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Five different cocktails are lined up on a metallic bar with silver shakers and plants in the background.
Cocktails at La Royal.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

It’s all about the pisco, mezcal, and an Andean herbal elixir called Matacuy at this new Peruvian restaurant in Cambridge, sibling to Somerville gem Celeste. Author and food scholar Darra Goldstein collaborated with La Royal on a series of liquor macerations; try pisco macerated with hibiscus and pomegranate in the La Royal sour. Those more interested in wine than cocktails will find a largely South American list.

221 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Zuzu's Petals

204 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Interior of a dimly lit small restaurant with light wooden floor, gray walls with purple trim near the ceiling, string lights, and tables with bright blue tops.
Zuzu’s Petals in Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This intimate, cellphone-free wine and dessert bar in Inman Square serves gorgeous sweet treats by co-owner Alexandra Whisnant (also behind Somerville chocolate shop Gâté Comme Des Filles) and local cheeses and meats selected by co-owner Bobby MacLean (also behind Somerville shop Picnic & Pantry). The wine list, all by the glass, has options for casual drinkers and serious connoisseurs alike. “You can come in and get a glass of really, really good wine, and that’s enough; it’s deeply satisfying,” Whisnant previously told Eater. “We want these wines to be things that you dream about afterward.”

204 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

103 Porter St, Boston, MA 02128
A hand opens a small treasure chest to reveal a yellow cocktail in a cloud of smoke.
The “lock and key” at Next Door.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Good luck getting a reservation to East Boston’s new hidden cocktail bar, Next Door: The Pazza on Porter sibling and neighbor books up quickly, thanks to its dramatically presented cocktails and seafood-focused menu of shellfish towers, caviar, crudo, and more. Those who do get in can work their way through drinks that are visually appealing but also expertly made — the smoke bubble toppings, flames, and such aren’t just gimmicks. Try the “lock and key,” a take on a pina colada made with clarified milk punch.

103 Porter St
Boston, MA 02128

5. Wusong Road

112 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Isolated on a white background, a mai tai is in a glass decorated with a red Chinese-style dragon. The drink is garnished with a lime — decorative slices made into its skin — and fresh mint leaves.
A Wusong Road mai tai.
Wusong Road

Two-story Harvard Square newcomer Wusong Road features a highly decorated tiki bar on the upper floor; ascend through a Legends of the Hidden Temple-esque stairwell to find mai tais, scorpion bowls, painkillers, and the like, paired with snacks like bao and scallion pancake rollups. On the lower level, find an abbreviated tiki drink selection, Hong Kong-inspired rice plates, and roasted duck (be sure to order the duck ahead of time.) Wusong Road is an ode to chef and co-owner Jason Doo’s nostalgia for his family’s American Chinese restaurant in which he grew up.

112 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Lamplighter CX

110 N First St, Cambridge, MA 02141

Popular Cambridge brewery Lamplighter has added a new location at the Cambridge Crossing development near Lechmere. (Find it next to the Lexington.) Lamplighter CX features a taproom with a packed events calendar, plus a blending and barrel-aging facility. Drink a rotating selection of Lamplighter beers such as Apricot Rhapsody, a mixed culture sour aged on apricots, and Rabbit Rabbit, a double IPA; play shuffleboard; and snack on cheese and charcuterie boards or bring or order in outside food.

110 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

7. Farmacia

5 N Square, Boston, MA 02113
A place setting on a marble bar is emerald green and gold.
Farmacia.
Chris Vela/Farmacia

Tiny new cocktail bar Farmacia, located next to its sibling spot Ciao Roma in the North End’s North Square, seats just nine people for its prepaid cocktail experience. Parla and Wink & Nod alum Phillip Rolfe is at the helm, leading visitors through a customizable journey of classic cocktails and bar snacks. The opening menu is Italian, but Rolfe will rotate the offerings about every 12 weeks — and if a drinker can’t find something to their liking on the menu, he’s happy to explore off-menu options tailored to their preferences. Reservations are not required but highly encouraged.

5 N Square
Boston, MA 02113

8. The Koji Club

525 Western Ave #6, Brighton, MA 02135
Interior of a small sake bar with translucent red bar stools and a curved wooden bar.
The Koji Club in Brighton.
Kristin Teig

Nerd out about sake at Boston’s first dedicated sake bar, the Koji Club, located at the growing Speedway marketplace in Brighton. Led by sake enthusiast and educator Alyssa Mikiko DiPasquale, a longtime O Ya alum, the Koji Club started as a virtual tasting club during the pandemic and now has its own cozy space with Japanese tavern vibes. Try something interesting to drink and snack on the light menu meant to complement the sake. There’s a Japanese curry empanada, for example, a collaboration with the Buenas team that will soon open South American wine bar and grocery store Super Bien at the Speedway. (In more of a beer mood? Salem-based Notch Brewing also has a taproom at the Speedway.)

525 Western Ave #6
Brighton, MA 02135

9. Daiquiris & Daisies

100 High St T6, Boston, MA 02110
Two classy-looking cocktails, one topped with a toothpick of raspberries, sit on a bar.
Cocktails at Daiquiris & Daisies.
Brian Samuels Photography/High Street Place

Daiquiris & Daisies is the cocktail bar at downtown Boston’s brand new food hall, High Street Place. From Hojoko alums Daren Swisher and Joe Cammarata, Daiquiris & Daisies is the place to go for, yes, daiquiris and daisies, but also a wide range of other classic and creative cocktails built on a deep list of spirits that they’re eager to discuss. (They’re paying a lot of attention to nonalcoholic cocktails, too, so this is the place to go to try a spirit-free daiquiri.)

100 High St T6
Boston, MA 02110

10. Bubble Bath

100 High St, Boston, MA 02110
Three glasses of wine (a white, rose, and red) sit on a white bar top next to an ice bath of wine bottles.
Wines at High Street Place.
Brian Samuels Photography/High Street Place

One of High Street Place’s other main purveyors of booze is wine bar Bubble Bath, part of restaurateur Tiffani Faison’s Big Heart Hospitality. The focus is on Champagne and other bubbly options — there’s even a Moët vending machine — but Bubble Bath also offers liquor lockers. (Most of High Street Place’s vendors serve booze, so those not in the mood for a cocktail [see Daiquiris & Daisies above] or Champagne can find Newburyport Brewing Co. sibling Alewives Tap Room, boozy milkshakes, frozen margaritas, and much, much more around the food hall.)

100 High St
Boston, MA 02110

11. Colette Lounge

140 Boylston St 1st Floor, Boston, MA 02116

Not to be confused with the Cambridge French restaurant or the Medford French bakery named Colette, Boston bar Colette Lounge is located in the heart of Emerson College territory on the first floor of the Boylston Street location of the Cajun seafood boil chain Shaking Crab. Only open Thursday through Sunday, Colette Lounge serves New Orleans-inspired small plates and cocktails. This is the type of place where you’ll share a bright blue punch bowl with friends while snacking on lobster fries.

140 Boylston St 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02116

12. LTD Bar at Cusser’s

304 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

The downstairs bar at Mooncusser isn’t new, but it’s freshly exciting to visit, having recently welcomed local bartending legend Todd Maul (Clio, Cafe ArtScience) in for a residency. As Maul fans know, he loves to play with technology; watch for him to create clarified juices using a centrifuge, quickly freeze liquids with a Snapchiller machine, and torch things. Catch him Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 4 p.m., when he joins Cusser’s bar manager Jay Patterson (also an ArtScience alum) on the scene.

304 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

13. The Bluebird Bar

1293 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465

This cocktail bar and wood-fired grill comes from a team with resumes touching on lots of legendary local drinking spots, including Brick & Mortar, Green StreetBlossom Bar, and the gone-but-not-forgotten B-Side Lounge, so cocktail enthusiasts will find much to enjoy here, from traditional margaritas, mojitos, Tom Collins, and even a cosmo (menu description: “yup”) to mezcal cobblers, a rum Old Fashioned, and a solid aperitif selection.

1293 Washington St
West Newton, MA 02465

14. Hecate

48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115
A pink-purple cocktail, served in a blue stoneware mug, is garnished with a peacock feather and served on a round black table.
The “santa muerte” at Hecate.
Adam Detour

Swanky cocktail bar Hecate is tucked away under its big sibling Krasi, the popular Back Bay Greek restaurant and wine bar. Named for the Greek goddess of magic, boundaries, necromancy, and more, Hecate is meant to feel mystical and otherworldly, filled with details like intricately artistic menus and creative, beautiful cocktails. Yes, it’s tough to get in; there are no reservations, and the maximum party size is four. Check out the bar’s “tenets” here, and give it a try.

48 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115

15. Flying Embers Brewery & Social Club

152 Hampden St, Boston, MA 02119

With roots in California, Flying Embers opened its Roxbury taproom in 2021, specializing in hard kombuchas and hard seltzers in an array of intriguing flavors. Try a flight, or try a “boochtail” (that’s a kombucha cocktail), and grab a snack from the taproom’s food partner Bon Me. Watch for live music and other events, too.

152 Hampden St
Boston, MA 02119

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16. Top Mix Bar & Kitchen

365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Like its older sibling in Roxbury, Top Mix Bar & Kitchen in Jamaica Plain serves a mix of American and Caribbean dishes and drinks, with fun cocktail options like a caipirinha flight, a spicy margarita, and several “big ASS cocktails 4 TWO.” Stop by on “Tijuana Tuesday” for taco specials and a variety of flavored margaritas.

365 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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