Boston's Best Bars: From Top Taps to Secret Speakeasies

Boston's bar scene is diverse as the city's population. With a variety of sports bars, restaurant bars, trendy bars and historic bars there's a bar in Boston that's right for you. 

Pop in for a drink at one of Boston's historic bars like like Warren Tavern or Doyle's where you'll find locals lining the bar and filling the tables enjoying good beer as well as good classic bar food. Hang around as the night wears on and the crowds increase in number and decrease in age turning casual spots into neighborhood watering holes that show their Boston roots. 

For those who prefer their bar to be a bit more trendy, Boston has its share of speakeasy destinations that draw a crow.  Wink & Nod, Drink and Backbar, are the slightly hidden hot spots channeling the showmanship of the 1980's movie, Cocktail, with a modern twist. 

Baseball fans should not miss out of a peek onto the field at Bleacher Bar. Sitting under Fenway Park's bleachers this is the only bar in Boston that offers an on-field view. 

But there's just one Boston bar that lets you sit under the stars and take in the waterfront while lounging on comfy lawn furniture and that's Legal Harborside's floor 3. Long lines often wrap around the building and the atmosphere here makes it worth the wait. 

Publick House Beer Bar & Kitchen
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Brookline's Publick House is a true beer bar where everyone feels at home, from the 21 year old out for his first legal drink to the 90 year old beer enthusiast who is paying for it. Publick House is home to an outstanding selection of...  Read More



Don't be tempted by the patio seating because that is the one place you can't enjoy Grendel's cheap eats during happy hour. Instead, make your way inside and head down the stairs to one of Harvard Square's well frequented bars. Students flock to...  Read More



Walking down the street past Bukowski's Tavern, you'd probably pass up entering, but this come-as-you-are, dive is well worth a walk inside. The interior is anything but upscale, and staff more on the alternative side, but anyone who walks...  Read More



Take a walk from the alleyway, through the door featuring the handmade 81/2 x 11 sign that simply says backbar, down the elementary school-esque hallway and through the unmarked door into the dimly lit room buzzing with cool to enter Backbar....  Read More



Warren Tavern is an historic Charlestown bar that still hosts a cool crowd. George (Washington) and Paul (Revere) may be gone, but you are what makes Warren tavern special now. Dark wood and small rooms, invite you to feel like you have taken a...  Read More

Wink & Nod
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Wink & Nod brings new life to the cocktail speakeasy style that was popular during Prohibition Era. Although alcohol is legal; hanging out at Wink & Nod makes you feel like you're getting away with something. Move seamlessly between the...  Read More



The coolest bar in Boston for sports fans is the Bleacher Bar. Situated beneath the centerfield bleachers of Fenway Park, The Bleacher Bar is one of the most unique and best places in Boston to watch a game because you can actually see it...  Read More

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When you're tired of the same old cocktails, know what you like, but are not sure what it is called, make your way to Drink. The expert mixologists at Drink are here to help. Not your usual bartenders, Drink only hires those who know more than...  Read More

Legal Harborside
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Legal Harborside Floor 3 is a rooftop lounge with a retractable roof that makes it a perfect place to spend a warm summer night sipping cocktails, or a cold winter one watching ships pass by below. With a very limited menu, it is best to find...  Read More



Nothing fancy, not a frill to be found, Doyle's is just a perfectly plain Irish Pub and a fantastic find. Located in Jamacia Plain, Doyle's is home to a bit of Boston's political history (many Boston politicians have been seen dining behind...  Read More


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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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