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This trendy subterranean bar in the Fort Point district wins praise for its impressive lineup of classic and classically inspired cocktails. Knowledgeable bartenders may quiz you to create a drink to suit your character. The house signature drink here is the Fort Point variation on a Manhattan.
A local favorite, Haley.Henry is a small, stylish wine bar (see Haley.Henry Wine Bar) located in the heart of Downtown Crossing. Known for its thoughtfully curated wine list, which is available by the glass as well as by the half-bottle, the bar also serves beer. The menu features cheese and charcuterie boards, crudo, and imported varieties of tinned fish.
The Copley Plaza hotel bar (see Oak Long Bar & Kitchen) serves a full roster of craft cocktails and a farm-to-table seasonal dining menu. In summer, drinks and meals can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio, which appropriately enough overlooks the twice-weekly farmers’ market.
The kind of place that is so special, you want to keep it a secret. The South End’s intimate Delux Café attracts a refreshing mix of professionals, bike messengers, and gay boys and girls – all suckers for the bar’s kitschy Elvis motif, extensive on-tap beers, and constant broadcast of the Cartoon Network.
Originally the cigar lounge of Boston's first luxury hotel, the Bar at the Taj is a great place for sipping a dram of Scotch by a fireplace or enjoying craft cocktails that are bound to become new classics. The refreshing Three G, for example, blends the Taj's own gin, St Germain, grapefruit juice, and orange bitters.
The dinner crowd at Les Zygomates (the French term for the facial muscles that make you smile) is lured by reasonably priced French bistro fare. After 9pm, the sleek, whimsically designed bar in the restaurant (see Les Zygomates) comes alive with young professionals enjoying the nightly live jazz performances.
The giants of jazz often stop at this nautical-themed lounge (see Regattabar) in Cambridge’s Charles Hotel. Drinks may not be extraordinary but the talent is; past visitors have included McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and local favorite the Charlie Kolhase Quintet. Shows sell out quickly so buy tickets in advance.
This suave craft cocktail bar anchors the nightlife scene at the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. Lounge-like in the front, cozy in the back, it’s the place to drink and socialize (see Hawthorne). Creative house cocktails, and the first-rate wine list includes several sparkling wines by the glass.
Located close to TD Garden, this relaxed wine bar and restaurant (see City Winery) has a well-designed performance space that hosts live music concerts as well as stand-up comedy shows. There's also a winery on site that conducts tours and tastings, and is a perfect place to sample different wines on tap.
Set in the former drunk tank of the Charles Street Jail (now the posh Liberty Hotel), Alibi retains the bluestone floors and vestiges of the cell walls to form little nooks to lounge in while enjoying a drink or two. The outdoor patio is great for cocktails at sunset. There's also an upscale Italian restaurant on site.
Porter aged with coffee picks you up and puts you down.
Ranked among the top domestic and imported India pale ales by Beer Connoisseur Magazine.
Try this malty, light ale served at John Harvard’s Brew House (33 Dunster St, Cambridge).
Grapefruit and pine on the nose, with dark chocolate and nuts on the palate.
Don your Red Sox cap and sip a light Fenway Pale at Boston Beer Works.
The beer that put Sam back on the brewing map after a 200-year hiatus.
Only at Cambridge taproom, this lemon-tangy Gose wheat beer is a brewery signature.
Like a hybrid between champagne and cherry soda; available at most liquor stores.
Unfiltered, Belgian-style brew, with fruity undertones.
Sam’s finest – available only during the autumn – with deep amber coloring and a warm, spicy smoothness.