Carolyn Kruse

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Dang, I wish I could have been the one doing the research on this topic. I do enjoy a good espresso martini. But honestly, finding a really good one is tough. And making them yourself isn’t so easy either. So many bars and restaurants subsitute the main ingredient. Did you know many establishments use espresso flavored liqueur instead of actual espresso or at least a cold brew?  Make sure you ask if it’s made with real espresso when ordering. I always do. If you are looking for a really good espresso martini in Boston. Check out these spots, below!

Thanks to Boston Magazine for doing the difficult research required for this “best of” list. It had to be a labor of love. They shared the results of their “study,” and you will find them below (in alphabetical order).  Twelve of Greater Boston’s best are “takes on the classic espresso martini—one fool proof way to get both kinds of buzzes in one excellent drink.”  Different strokes for different folks has led to a list that has something for everyone; from the traditional to truly unique. You will also find alcohol variations using rum and tequila. There’s even a “nod to The Big Lebowski.” Pass all this valuable information on to your friends. If you’re looking for a really good espresso martini in Boston. Check out these spots!


  • Bricco Ristorante & Enoteca

    241 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-248-6800, 

    Boston Magazine raves, the Bricco recipe “combines Absolut Vanilla vodka with Baileys, Kahlúa, Frangelico, and Disaronno, and the foamy top is smooth, thick, and flavorful. Add house-made espresso and a sugar-and-cocoa rim, and Bricco’s espresso martini keeps customers coming back for more.” Ummm, yes please.

    Gourmet Italian Cuisine and Cocktails in Boston, MA - Bricco Ristorante & Enoteca

    Our talented kitchen team creates "boutique" Italian food, so-called because it is unique, personal and created for a select and sophisticated diner. The food is complemented by an enoteca (wine bar) with an exceptional selection of all-Italian wines.


  • Brighton Bodega

    328 Washington St., Brighton, Boston, 617-208-8698,

    The Bodega blend takes you south of the border by using tequila. “Dessert Before Dinner, Brighton Bodega’s tequila-based take on an espresso martini, features Casa Mexico Reposado and Flor de Caña Spresso, a coffee liqueur, rounded out with cacao and lime.” (Boston Magazine)


    At Brighton Bodega our Executive Chef's seasonal and globally inspired menu changes daily. Featuring a raw bar and vegetarian selections, our small plate offerings are perfect to share. Our beverage program includes twenty painstakingly manicured draft lines, which host some of the best craft beers in New England and beyond.

  • Café Sauvage

    25 Massachusetts Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 857-277-0075,

    Here, the menu features two caffeinated cocktails.Boston Magazine says ” The Sauvage Espresso’tini starts with spiced rum, espresso liqueur, and Irish cream, and it gets an added boost from cold brew. Espresso martini lovers will also enjoy The Dude: vanilla vodka, espresso liqueur, pumpkin spices, and milk.”

    Café Sauvage Boston | French restaurant

    Café Sauvage a trendy Parisian style café-restaurant offering a modern French cuisine, menus & brunch. Located in Back Bay Boston, MA. @cafesauvageboston


  • Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar

    Locations in Salem, Boston and Cambridge- find them here

    As you would image a place that specializes in coffee is going to make a killer espresso, because it’s all about the coffee. Boston Magazine recommends teh Vietnamese coffee martini.

    Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar

    Jaho is a specialty coffee roaster, coffee shop and wine bar founded in Salem, MA with more locations in Boston and Tokyo. We aim to showcase incredible coffees and wines from around the world. We also have an amazing team of bakers and cooks who prepare all of our pastries and food items fresh on site.


  • Parla

    230 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-367-2824,

    An espresso martini with a Boston twist? They use Molly’s Irish Cream. And by the way, the patio is open!

    Parla North End

    Hey fam! Patio season is in full swing, and our Spring / Summer menu and cocktail list is live! Dungeon Master has a whole slew of new drinks by Martin & Patrick. Patrick has stepped up as GM as Matt gets XXI open in Assembly Row in Somerville (@parla.assembly).


  • The Quiet Few

    331 Sumner St., East Boston, 617-561-1061,

    Like your martini with an edge. This is the place. As Boston Magazine points out, “the neighborhood whiskey tavern” in East Boston with “no frills, couple of spills”—features a whiskey-based version of an espresso martini. The cocktail, dubbed Coffee and Cigarettes, has a base of German rye whiskey, whose dark chocolate and coffee notes mix well with Galliano Ristretto (an espresso liqueur) and cold brew”

    The Quiet Few

    Current hours of operation: Monday: 5PM - 1AM Tuesday: 5PM - 1AM Wednesday: 5PM - 1AM Thursday: 5PM - 1AM Friday: 3PM - 1AM Saturday: 12PM - 1AM Sunday: 12PM - 1AM Please visit us on Instagram @thequietfew_eastie for news and updates. Please reach out to with any questions or Gift Certificate/Merchandise requests.

  • Sonsie

    327 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-351-2500,

    Sonsie is all about the traditional, with a hint of vanilla. Boston Magazine boasts their is an”especially well-made espresso martini with vanilla vodka, Baileys, Kahlúa, and espresso”

    Sonsie | American Bistro and Wine Bar in the Back Bay, Boston, MA

    Enduring, classy bistro with eclectic menu & wine cellar known for brunch, plus Newbury Street view.

  • Tradesman Coffee Shop and Lounge

    2 locations: 58 Batterymarch St., Downtown Boston, 617-348-1230,;

    50 Hood Park Dr., Charlestown, Boston, 617-337-5196,

    TCS’s serves a traditional but “especially well-made espresso martini” with vanilla vodka, Baileys, Kahlúa, and espresso.

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  • The Wig Shop

    27 Temple Pl., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-338-6333,

    According to the article, “Rise & Grind, will wake you right up; in fact, the bar will only serve you one of these per visit thanks to its high caffeine content. The drink—not exactly an espresso martini, but it scratches that itch—combines rum with cold brew coffee, the espresso liqueur Borghetti, cinnamon-demerara, whipped cream, and sea salt, with a mini chocolate-covered pretzel on the side.”

    Wig Shop Lounge | Cocktail Bar in Boston, MA

    Main content starts here, tab to start navigating Monday - Sunday 5 pm to 2 am The Wig Shop is first come, first served. We accept reservations from 5-7pm, Monday to Saturday and all evening on Sundays for parties of 2-6 guests. Reservations are released one week in advance of the date.

  • Yvonne's

    2 Winter Pl., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 617-267-0047,

    If you like your espresso martini on the darker side, Yvonne’s is for you. As Boston Magazine says, “Yvonne’s take is a bit stronger on the espresso flavor and less like a dessert than others on this list because it sticks to the traditional recipe of vodka, espresso, and Kahlúa—no Irish cream. (Vanilla syrup rounds out the drink.)”

    Yvonne's | New American Restaurant & Supper Club in Boston, MA

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