Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Sweet summertime is here. It’s a time to celebrate the weather we’ve waited for all year. Boston is busting at the seams with some fantastic spots to celebrate friends, family and fair weather. But where are the best bars in Boston? Cool places to grab a drink in our beautiful city? These are the best bars in Boston, according to Open Table.

Consider this list to be like your GPS for drinks in the Boston area. It’s always fun to discover new places. Thanks to Open Table and their customer reviews, you can weed out the not-so-great for the really good and often great places to sip and sup, or drink and dine. These are the best bars in Boston according to Open Table. I can personally account for a couple of these hot spots for cold drinks.

The bars on this list aren’t just the best for cocktails. You will find fabulous food at these restaurants. There are some old-school spots here, as well as chic and modern vibes. Some serve comfort food, some are known for their eclectic menus. There is definitely something for everyone here! So, dive in! And cheers to a great summer.


  • Banyon Bar & Refuge

    553 Tremont St. Boston (South End)

    Banyon Bar & Rufuge is known for their “mighty cocktail list,” according to Open Table.  Diners dig their White Lotus cocktail, made with vodka, St. Germain elderflower liquer, lemon and lychee puree. Their happy hours are legendary! You can get 10 dumplings or 5 spring rolls for just $5 from 4-6pm every day. Wash it down with their famous frose!



  • The Bowery

    2261 Dorchester Ave. Boston (Dorchester/Lower Mills)

    This is one of my go-to summer spots. Their “backyard” outdoor dining is a little slice of green heaven in Lower Mills. They have an excellent selection of beer and wine, and as Open Table mentioned: “the vast whiskey program here is also noteworthy.” My personal favorite is their coconut margarita.

    The Bowery Bar | Restaurant, Bar and Patio in Dorchester, MA

    Main content starts here, tab to start navigating Slide 1 of 5 Slide 2 of 5 Slide 3 of 5 Slide 4 of 5 Slide 5 of 5 hero gallery paused, press to play images slides Playing hero gallery, press to pause images slides Located in historic Lower Mills in Dorchester, The Bowery Bar is a neighborhood tavern focusing creative modern comfort food, a whimsical cocktail program, and local craft beer offerings.


  • Brassica Kitchen

    3710 Washington St. Jamaica Plain

    Locally sourced dining options to go with an ever changing creative drink menu is what you will find at Brassica. Open Table says, “staples include the spicy and floral All Power, (featuring cachaça, chile liqueur, grapefruit, and violet liqueur) and the Gray Gardens (a blend of mezcal, lavender, elderflower, orange blossom, and lime).”

    Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

    Brassica Kitchen + Café was founded by the Whisk pop-up team, bringing creative and comfortable cuisine to Forest Hills. By day we are Brassica Cafe, serving good coffee, made from scratch pastries & sandwiches. Evenings Wednesday - Sunday we are Brassica Kitchen, fermentation forward food & drink with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

  • Carrie Nation Cocktail Club

    11 Beacon St. Boston (Beacon Hill)

    Open table describes Carrie Nation as a “sexy speakeasy.” This is one of a few spot in Boston to order a carafe of wine. Remember those? This laid-back, old school bar offers many interesting drink options, like Southern Mint Tea, made with bourbon, iced tea, honey and lemon. Yes, please.


    Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Club

    Choose from a sprawling selection of food menus, crafted to complement the spirit of the atmosphere and a meticulously poured cocktail. After dinner make your way to the red velvet curtain and find yourself in Boston's Favorite Speakeasy for a nightcap.


  • Citrus & Salt

    142 Berkely St. Boston (Back Bay)

    Colorful. That’s how Open Table describes this Back Bay favorite. Here you will find a rainbow of flavors. Known for their tequila cocktails, at Citrus & Salt you can order their popular Yuzu Cute, with rum, guava, yuze-lime bubble and mint. It’s “fruity and frozen” and a sight to be seen.

    Citrus & Salt | Mexican Restaurant in Boston, MA

    A Baja-inspired restaurant with a menu that reflects chef Jason Santos' enthusiasm for the coastal cuisine of Southern California and Mexico. Fun and Bright coastal inspired décor & cocktails. A large variety of tequila and mezcal.

  • The Haven

    JPNDC Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain

    Did you know The Haven is Boston’s only Scottish bar? In a city filled with Irish pubs, this is a standout. At The Haven they serve Scotch eggs and Scottish salmon and other worldly favorties. But they also have an incredible selection of top-shelp whiskeys and Scottish beers.


    The Haven

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  • Hue

    90 Exeter St. Boston (Back Bay)

    This modern, cool spot in Back Bay is actually 3 bars in one spot. Choose your spot…The Rose Bar, The Supper Club, or the Speakeasy.  Hue’s website says, “As diverse as the flavors and colors that make up the neighborhood, HUE’s Rosebar, Supper Club, and Speakeasy has something for every mood or occasion. Enjoy American food with Asian flair and a well-balanced cocktail program.” They even offer locally referenced cocktails like “The Huntington” – with vodka, sake, cucumber juice, and ginger syrup. Try the “Tea Party” with vodka, elderflower liqueur, raspberry tea and sake. Yum.

    Hue | New American Restaurant in Boston, MA

    Main content starts here, tab to start navigating hero video paused, press to play video Playing hero video, press to pause video As diverse as the flavors and colors that make up the neighborhood, HUE's Rosebar, Supper Club, and Speakeasy has something for every mood or occasion.


  • jm Curley

    21 Temple Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

    Good old fashioned American comfort food is served at jm Curley, to compliment their robust selection of beers and boozy shakes. You might want to try a habanero honey-kissed tequila cocktail or their super-charged esspresso martini.

    jm Curley / Bogie's Place

    Jm Curley is an eatery specializing in innovative American comfort food, also serving beer, boozy shakes & drinks in Boston, MA.

  • Krasi

    48 Gloucester St. Boston (Back Bay)

    Krasi means wine, so as you would imagine their is quite a selection of wines served here. They are known for having the largest Greek wine list in America! This  Back Bay bar also has a separate space for craft cocktails downstairs, called  Hecate. There are only 24-seats in their Euro inspired cocktail bar.

    Krasi - Meze & Wine - Boston, MA

    Krasi is love. Krasi is life. Krasi means wine, literally. Krasi is about conversations and the people immersed in them. It's about new friends, old friends, and turning strangers into friends. Krasi is Greek, differently.

  • Longfellow

    40 Brattle St #3, Cambridge, MA

    You’ll find Longfellow “nestled on top of Alden and Harlow,” in Harvard Square, according to Open Table. This tasteful bar has bites for “sharing and pairing.” Cathedral ceilings and a marble bar elevate the experience.  The Longfellow’s inventive cocktail menu does not disappoint. Here’s one to try on: “Heroes”- made with privateer tiki gin, batavia arrack, banana, sfumato, basil, lime and milk.

    The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow

    Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo presents The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow, a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in the historic Café Algiers space directly above his flagship restaurant at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square.

  • Roxanne's

    6 Beacon St. Boston (Beacon Hill)

    Roxanne’s cocktail menu is so fun! There’s “The Side Chick” with dry rose, hibiscus tea, lillet rose, aperol, lemon and bubbles. Or how about this: “The Wake Up Call” featuring Jameson Cold Brew, espresso liquer, aztec chocolate bitters, sweet vermouth and dark roast coffee. That’ll keep you going. You’ll find this hot spot near the State House. Open Table describes it as a”lounge has a playful Oz-like vibe.” I’m in!


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