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The “lock and key” at Next Door.
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15 New Bars to Try in Greater Boston

South American natural wines, highly caffeinated rum cocktails, pickleball punches, and more — these are some of the most exciting new bars to check out right now

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The “lock and key” at Next Door.
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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. New additions in the September 2022 update: The Wig Shop in Downtown Crossing, Fool’s Errand in Fenway, and Super Bien in Brighton.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Parla XXI

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Parla XXI is the flashy sibling to Parla, an eight-year-old favorite in Boston’s North End. While the original location has a four-seat bar and a cordials license, the new spot, located at Somerville’s Assembly Row development, has much more space and a full liquor license. They both share the popular Dungeon Master program, where adventurous customers roll a 20-sided die to try a mystery cocktail from a list of staff creations, ultimately attempting to drink them all (not all in one visit!) On the food menu: “somewhat eclectic but somewhat Mediterranean cuisine,” with pastas, crudo, and more.

A reddish purple cocktail sits on a copper bar next to a shiny copper cup, 20-sided die, and three black cards with colorful graphics on them.
The Muffin Top cocktail at Parla XXI, part of the Dungeon Master list.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

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Good luck getting a reservation to East Boston’s 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.

Lamplighter CX

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Popular Cambridge brewery Lamplighter has added a 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.

Farmacia

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Tiny 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.
Chris Vela/Farmacia

The Pine Bar

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The much-heralded 2015 opening of Boston Public Market — a downtown market showcasing local food producers, crafters, and more — was about 15 years in the making, and it took even longer to get the permitting in place to bring in a cocktail bar, allowing customers to sip drinks while shopping throughout the space. The Pine Bar finally debuted in June 2022, from the restaurant group behind LuciaDucali, Cunard Tavern, and more. The bar features cocktails made from local liquor brands and ingredients from market vendors (such as dairy from Crescent Ridge), as well as New England craft beers and wines.

Neon signage in red and green reads “The Pine Bar, New England’s best, cocktails, beer, wine” and features a pine tree.
The Pine Bar signage pays homage to that of the defunct North End restaurant the European.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Super Bien

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The Speedway in Brighton — which already housed Boston’s first sake bar, the Koji Club, and a taproom from Salem-based Notch Brewing — keeps getting more inviting, this time with the addition of Buenas sibling Super Bien. Owner Melissa Stefanini’s pastel-pink “grocerybar” serves pantry items and prepared dishes including empanadas alongside exclusively South American natural wines. The menu highlights such pours as biodynamic Argentinian pét-nat and amphora-aged orange wine from Chile with infectiously cheery commentary like “salty-sweet sourdough toast” and “yes, these are real tasting notes.”

The Wig Shop

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From the team behind jm Curley and Bogie’s Place comes equally intriguing next-door neighbor The Wig Shop. This Downtown Crossing cocktail lounge, an homage to predecessor Wig World, is simultaneously playful and poised, with wig gags galore amid opulent blue velvet couches and gold drapes. It’s a fanciful setting for impressive drinks ranging from classic — like mai tais and Remember the Maines — to fresh, including one with tequila and cuttlefish ink (Helena) and a rum concoction spiked with so much caffeine you can only have one per visit (Rise & Grind). Champagne, big bowls of punch, and snacks like lobster-topped pancakes round out the package.

Daiquiris & Daisies

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Daiquiris & Daisies is the cocktail bar at downtown Boston’s 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

Bubble Bath

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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

LTD Bar at Cusser’s

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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.

Bar Pallino

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Dark and moody, Bar Pallino is the subterranean sibling to Faccia Brutta, the recent Newbury Street arrival from acclaimed restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. The restaurant group’s longtime beverage director Jodie Battles is a partner in the new ventures and dials up her natural wine obsession at Bar Pallino, which draws inspiration from modern Parisian wine bars like Septime La Cave. Amari, vermouths, mezcals, and more complement the wine list, and there are some light Italian-inspired bites for snacking. For a full coastal Italian meal, head upstairs to Faccia Brutta.

Interior shot of a dark bar, featuring rows of wine bottles and shelves of album covers.
Bar Pallino serves a concise menu of Italian-inspired snacks to accompany its natural wines.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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

Plantpub

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The longtime Boston Beerworks space steps from Fenway Park is now home to the first full-service location of Plantpub, a fully vegan comfort food restaurant with a focus on craft beers. (There’s a slightly older location in Cambridge’s Kendall Square that is much smaller and counter-service.) Diners can pair dishes like fried cauliflower wings, street corn, pizzas, and veggie burgers with a mostly local beer list and cocktails such as a daiquiri with rum from Everett’s Short Path Distillery or an espresso drink spiked with vodka from Boston’s GrandTen Distilling.

Several cocktails and beers are lined up on a bar top inside a restaurant.
A lineup of drinks at Plantpub’s Fenway location.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Fool's Errand

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When restaurateur Tiffani Faison opened boisterous Fool’s Errand in 2018 in Fenway — on the same block as siblings Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama — the venue was standing-room-only; returning from a pandemic hiatus, the European-leaning “adult snack bar” now has seating both indoors and out. Small bites like olives and bread and butter complement cocktails from the Gentle Forehead Kiss (Irish whiskey, green Chartreuse, creme de cacao, lemon, and soda water) to the Golden Cadillac, a nightcap with Galliano, creme de cacao, and Amarula.

PKL Boston

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Pickleball, shuffleboard, cornhole, elevated bar snacks, and a fun pop culture-themed cocktail menu — South Boston’s giant new venue, PKL, has it all. (There are some good no-alcohol and low-alcohol options, too, which are particularly helpful if you’re using your pickleball match as your workout.) Several large-format cocktails are available, sized for five or six people, such as the DMX(ish): tequila blanco, lime, Aperol, and citrus.

A fancy-looking cheesesteak is topped with fresh chives and pink rings of pickled onion. It sits on an elegant white marble table with a foamy pale yellow cocktail in the background.
PKL’s cheesesteak with a Megan Thee Stallion cocktail (“baddies only,” says the menu) — reposado tequila, coconut, pineapple, and zingaberaceae syrup.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Parla XXI

A reddish purple cocktail sits on a copper bar next to a shiny copper cup, 20-sided die, and three black cards with colorful graphics on them.
The Muffin Top cocktail at Parla XXI, part of the Dungeon Master list.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Parla XXI is the flashy sibling to Parla, an eight-year-old favorite in Boston’s North End. While the original location has a four-seat bar and a cordials license, the new spot, located at Somerville’s Assembly Row development, has much more space and a full liquor license. They both share the popular Dungeon Master program, where adventurous customers roll a 20-sided die to try a mystery cocktail from a list of staff creations, ultimately attempting to drink them all (not all in one visit!) On the food menu: “somewhat eclectic but somewhat Mediterranean cuisine,” with pastas, crudo, and more.

A reddish purple cocktail sits on a copper bar next to a shiny copper cup, 20-sided die, and three black cards with colorful graphics on them.
The Muffin Top cocktail at Parla XXI, part of the Dungeon Master list.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

Good luck getting a reservation to East Boston’s 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.

Lamplighter CX

Popular Cambridge brewery Lamplighter has added a 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.

Farmacia

A place setting on a marble bar is emerald green and gold.
Farmacia.
Chris Vela/Farmacia

Tiny 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.
Chris Vela/Farmacia

The Pine Bar

Neon signage in red and green reads “The Pine Bar, New England’s best, cocktails, beer, wine” and features a pine tree.
The Pine Bar signage pays homage to that of the defunct North End restaurant the European.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The much-heralded 2015 opening of Boston Public Market — a downtown market showcasing local food producers, crafters, and more — was about 15 years in the making, and it took even longer to get the permitting in place to bring in a cocktail bar, allowing customers to sip drinks while shopping throughout the space. The Pine Bar finally debuted in June 2022, from the restaurant group behind LuciaDucali, Cunard Tavern, and more. The bar features cocktails made from local liquor brands and ingredients from market vendors (such as dairy from Crescent Ridge), as well as New England craft beers and wines.

Neon signage in red and green reads “The Pine Bar, New England’s best, cocktails, beer, wine” and features a pine tree.
The Pine Bar signage pays homage to that of the defunct North End restaurant the European.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Super Bien

The Speedway in Brighton — which already housed Boston’s first sake bar, the Koji Club, and a taproom from Salem-based Notch Brewing — keeps getting more inviting, this time with the addition of Buenas sibling Super Bien. Owner Melissa Stefanini’s pastel-pink “grocerybar” serves pantry items and prepared dishes including empanadas alongside exclusively South American natural wines. The menu highlights such pours as biodynamic Argentinian pét-nat and amphora-aged orange wine from Chile with infectiously cheery commentary like “salty-sweet sourdough toast” and “yes, these are real tasting notes.”

The Wig Shop

From the team behind jm Curley and Bogie’s Place comes equally intriguing next-door neighbor The Wig Shop. This Downtown Crossing cocktail lounge, an homage to predecessor Wig World, is simultaneously playful and poised, with wig gags galore amid opulent blue velvet couches and gold drapes. It’s a fanciful setting for impressive drinks ranging from classic — like mai tais and Remember the Maines — to fresh, including one with tequila and cuttlefish ink (Helena) and a rum concoction spiked with so much caffeine you can only have one per visit (Rise & Grind). Champagne, big bowls of punch, and snacks like lobster-topped pancakes round out the package.

Daiquiris & Daisies

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 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

Bubble Bath

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.)

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

LTD Bar at Cusser’s

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.

Bar Pallino

Interior shot of a dark bar, featuring rows of wine bottles and shelves of album covers.
Bar Pallino serves a concise menu of Italian-inspired snacks to accompany its natural wines.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dark and moody, Bar Pallino is the subterranean sibling to Faccia Brutta, the recent Newbury Street arrival from acclaimed restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. The restaurant group’s longtime beverage director Jodie Battles is a partner in the new ventures and dials up her natural wine obsession at Bar Pallino, which draws inspiration from modern Parisian wine bars like Septime La Cave. Amari, vermouths, mezcals, and more complement the wine list, and there are some light Italian-inspired bites for snacking. For a full coastal Italian meal, head upstairs to Faccia Brutta.

Interior shot of a dark bar, featuring rows of wine bottles and shelves of album covers.
Bar Pallino serves a concise menu of Italian-inspired snacks to accompany its natural wines.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hecate

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.

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

Plantpub

Several cocktails and beers are lined up on a bar top inside a restaurant.
A lineup of drinks at Plantpub’s Fenway location.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The longtime Boston Beerworks space steps from Fenway Park is now home to the first full-service location of Plantpub, a fully vegan comfort food restaurant with a focus on craft beers. (There’s a slightly older location in Cambridge’s Kendall Square that is much smaller and counter-service.) Diners can pair dishes like fried cauliflower wings, street corn, pizzas, and veggie burgers with a mostly local beer list and cocktails such as a daiquiri with rum from Everett’s Short Path Distillery or an espresso drink spiked with vodka from Boston’s GrandTen Distilling.

Several cocktails and beers are lined up on a bar top inside a restaurant.
A lineup of drinks at Plantpub’s Fenway location.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Fool's Errand

When restaurateur Tiffani Faison opened boisterous Fool’s Errand in 2018 in Fenway — on the same block as siblings Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama — the venue was standing-room-only; returning from a pandemic hiatus, the European-leaning “adult snack bar” now has seating both indoors and out. Small bites like olives and bread and butter complement cocktails from the Gentle Forehead Kiss (Irish whiskey, green Chartreuse, creme de cacao, lemon, and soda water) to the Golden Cadillac, a nightcap with Galliano, creme de cacao, and Amarula.

PKL Boston

A fancy-looking cheesesteak is topped with fresh chives and pink rings of pickled onion. It sits on an elegant white marble table with a foamy pale yellow cocktail in the background.
PKL’s cheesesteak with a Megan Thee Stallion cocktail (“baddies only,” says the menu) — reposado tequila, coconut, pineapple, and zingaberaceae syrup.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Pickleball, shuffleboard, cornhole, elevated bar snacks, and a fun pop culture-themed cocktail menu — South Boston’s giant new venue, PKL, has it all. (There are some good no-alcohol and low-alcohol options, too, which are particularly helpful if you’re using your pickleball match as your workout.) Several large-format cocktails are available, sized for five or six people, such as the DMX(ish): tequila blanco, lime, Aperol, and citrus.

A fancy-looking cheesesteak is topped with fresh chives and pink rings of pickled onion. It sits on an elegant white marble table with a foamy pale yellow cocktail in the background.
PKL’s cheesesteak with a Megan Thee Stallion cocktail (“baddies only,” says the menu) — reposado tequila, coconut, pineapple, and zingaberaceae syrup.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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