The 10 Best Bars Around the North End, Boston

Stanza Dei Sigari | © H. Michael Karshis / Flickr
Stanza Dei Sigari | © H. Michael Karshis / Flickr
Photo of Ashley Kane
Freelance Writer9 March 2017

The North End neighborhood of Boston may be known for its Italian eateries and delicious bakeries, but there are also many great bars where you can grab a drink. Some of these bars are also restaurants, yet they all serve up cocktails, beers, and a variety of fine wines. Stop into one of these establishments if you find yourself thirsty in the North End.

Stanza dei Sigari

Bar, Italian
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Stanza dei Sigari
Stanza dei Sigari | © H. Michael Karshis / Flickr

Complete with a unique atmosphere, Stanza dei Sigari was once a speakeasy and is now a cigar parlor and liquor lounge. Step into this bar and pretend you’re in the 1920s as you sip a cocktail. Try something from their impressive single malt scotch collection or go for a fine cognac.

Parla Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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This modern Italian restaurant serves up delicious cocktails and is a perfect place for an after-dinner drink. Parla Restaurant creates custom cocktails, often made with whiskey. Inspired by a speakeasy, the bar’s décor, and its ambiance, is a fine balance between old and new. If you get hungry, order up one of their delicious small plates.

Four Winds

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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The casual Four Winds is the perfect place to watch a sports game with plenty of TVs. Enjoy a beer and feel like a local at this restaurant. The bartenders are friendly, and there’s always a crowd, better for enjoying a game. You can also order up a pub pizza to go with your drinks at this sports bar.

Corner Cafe

Bar, American, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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Corner Cafe is a dive bar located in the North End on Prince Street. Stop by here for a beer before a sports game or enjoy a night out at this small, relaxed pub. It’s a classic, local dive bar that offers up a good beer selection, delicious margaritas, and even encourages patrons to bring in food from other establishments. Tip: it’s cash-only.

Fiore

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Fiore is an elegant Italian restaurant that also has a rooftop deck. It’s the perfect place to grab drinks at the bar, even if you aren’t staying for dinner. They have an ample wine selection to choose from and even offer up Fiore specialty bottles of wine.

The Living Room

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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The Living Room is a homey restaurant and bar located on the edge of the North End. The lounge serves up great cocktails and drinks on couches in a comfortable environment. Try out one of their specialty martinis and order up some comfort food.

Aragosta Bar and Bistro

Bar, Italian, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
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Aragosta Bar and Bistro offers up gorgeous terrace views of the Boston Harbor and serves food that is locally sourced. Gather around outdoor fire pits in the summer and watch the boats cross the water as you enjoy specialty cocktails and wine. Offering a wide selection of sweets, be sure to have something for dessert.

Boston Sail Loft

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, $$$
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Boston Sail Loft
Boston Sail Loft | © Sarah Nichols / Flickr
Boston Sail Loft is a waterside maritime restaurant that serves up seafood and also has a lively bar scene. Enjoy lobster and clam chowder, or just go for their top notch cocktails like the North End mule or the Paloma. Take in the views of the Boston Harbor and relax at this old time, casual restaurant.

Ward 8 Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Pub, American, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, $$$
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Ward 8 has a beautiful bar made out of marble where you can enjoy vintage-inspired craft cocktails and gastropub eats. Sip on a Scorched Earth cocktail with Del Maguey Vida, Ancho Reyes, and Aztec chocolate bitters, or order one of their other custom drinks.

Vinoteca di Monica

Restaurant, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Vinoteca di Monica is a wine bar offering up delicious Italian dishes alongside a wide selection of wines. They have an award-winning wine cellar and serve up dishes in a quaint, stylish environment. If you’re unsure about which wine to try, be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable bartenders.