Beyond Basic: Boston's Top Bars Make For One Heck of a Night Out Exploring the Town

Jessica Polizzotti

By , Local Expert, Boston
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When you're looking for a bar night out, Boston is a great place to be. Lining many streets, you'll find a plethora of options, but knowing which will best suit your mood can be a tough call to make. Seeking out the best of the best is not an easy task, especially with splashy exteriors inviting you in. However, just as a book should not be judged by its cover, neither should a Boston bar. Many of Boston's best places to drink look a bit sketchy, but in truth, the interiors are prized places where locals go to chug a cold one, sip a serious cocktail, socialize, or simply unwind. Favorites include the Back Bay dive you'd surely...  Read more »

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    Charlie's Kitchen

    Local Expert Tip: " Come for the trivia but stay for the great beer and good grub; their burgers win rave reviews "

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    Coogan's Bluff

    Local Expert Tip: "Coogan's posts specials on their Twitter feed, check them out before you go."

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    Elephant and Castle

    Local Expert Tip: "Exercise your pipes at this pub on Saturdays."

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    Harpoon Brewery

    Started in 1986, Harpoon Brewery was started by beer lovers that did not know the first thing about...  Read more »

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    The Common Ground Bar and Grill

    Local Expert Tip: "There's something happening every night (except Sundays) at Common Ground, including Stump Trivia and Think Tank Trivia. "

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    Local Expert Tip: "This modern day speakeasy is located in the basement of a Fort Point Channel building, with little signage. Find Sportello and Menton and look down, there you will will see the windows of Drink. "

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    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation for a table to get the most of this experience."

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    Top of the Hub

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to have a reservation. A crowded night could have you turned away before you make it to the elevator."

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    Warren Tavern

    Local Expert Tip: "Historically significant as a stop for George Washington and the location of his funeral speech."

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    Bukowski's Tavern

    Local Expert Tip: "Two locations of Bukowski's exist, Back Bay is a smaller dive that is truly a bar with some snacks thrown in, and Inman Square is a more modern space with a stronger focus on the food."



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