Top Great Bars To Visit In Boston

Photo of Annabel Lindau
9 February 2017

Boston’s bar scene has recently reached new heights, going far beyond the stereotypical Irish pub. Cambridge and Somerville now house some of the best bars in the city. Check out these two neighborhoods while visiting these great bars in Boston.

Saloon’s Silver Dollar drink with gin, Montenegro, Drambuie honey, and lemon | © Annabel Lindau

Saloon

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Saloon is hidden in the middle of Davis Square in Somerville. There is no sign that signals the entrance, only a dapper man that serves as the bouncer. Once you find the door, go downstairs and you arrive in a dimly lit basement with leather couches and wooden arches. Saloon is packed Thursday-Saturday but a necessary stop on your bar search. The cocktails are delicious, and there are 120 whiskey varieties to choose from.

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

This little bar in Inman Square is a great spot to come with friends. Its relaxed vibe and distinctive decor ensures that the crowd differs from the usual young Boston bars overrun with college students. As long as you come in before 1 am, Starlite does not close until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bronwyn

A small German restaurant located in Union Square, Bronwyn is an ideal place to have a drink after dinner. The cocktails are unique and refreshing, and the long tables mean you can bring a large group. The space itself is small but there’s a softly lit patio that is great for summer nights.

Bronwyn, Washington Street, Somerville, MA, USA, +1 617 776 9900

Middlesex

Bar, Nightclub, American, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, $$$
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If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, check out Middlesex in Central Square. Opened until 2 am Thursday through Saturday, this place is something between a bar and a club. Although it does not have the most exciting cocktail menu, Middlesex’s crowed and atmosphere guarantee you will have a great time.

Back Bar

Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
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A speakeasy bar located in Union Square, Back Bar serves some of the best drinks in the Boston area. One special part of this bar is Bartenders Choice; you give the bartender your choice of alcohol and fruit and they make a special drink just for you. It’s a great experience that will leave you wanting more.

Sligo

One of the best parts about Sligo is that no matter what time of day, there is bound more than one person in the bar. Sligo is a traditional Boston dive-bar with cheap drinks and old TVs where the pretentions of Boston’s growing cocktail scene melt away. It’s a great place to go for a night filled with nice cheap beers.

Brick and Mortar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Located above Central Kitchen, Brick and Mortar is one of Boston’s most popular cocktail bars. Brick and Mortar is a lively bar that balances delicious drinks with a laid-back atmosphere. The design fits perfectly with its vibe; exposed brick walls, low lighting, and a copper bar mixes comfort with style. Stay until 2 am Thursday through Saturday and chat with Brick and Mortar’s knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Lord Hobo

Craft Ale Bar, Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Courtesy of Lord Hobo
If you are into craft beer, Lord Hobo will be your heaven. With nearly 50 beers on draft and more including cans and bottles, this bar has something for every type of beer drinker. The staff is remarkably knowledgeable and the crowd is more eclectic than at some other Boston beer bars.

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