Given that Bostonians love to drink, Boston has its fair share of pubs, dive bars, lounges, and clubs.
Not sure where to go? I’ve narrowed the list down to 20 wicked fun bars in Boston to get your drink on.
Whether you’re into beer, cocktails or wine, I’ve got you covered!
Alibi is one of several restaurant and bar offerings at The Liberty Hotel, which was once a local jail.
In fact, Alibi is situated in what was once the jail’s drunk tank!
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar has 2 bars in Boston: one in the South End and another just over the city line in Brookline. Barcelona has a fabulous tapas and wine menu.
Beantown Pub is nothing fancy, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Great for a beer after work or afternoon pint.
Don’t have tix to the Sox game? Watch the game from underneath the bleachers at Bleacher Bar.
The Brahmin is a hidden jewel sitting between Back Bay and the South End.
Can’t decide on a cocktail at Drink? Just tell the bartender your likes and dislikes and they’ll mix you up a surprise.
Eastern Standard is my go-to when I can’t decide where to go or have last minute plans.
The food is fabulous and the cocktails never let me down. The beer and wine menus are also as impressive.
Looking for a little Southern charm in New England? The Frogmore is the place to go, with its Southern-inspired food and cocktails.
Frost Ice Loft
Frost Ice Loft might not be somewhere to spend an entire evening, but it is a place to experience at least once!
The Gallows has a unique cocktail menu and poutine, a delicious Canadian snack made with french fries, gravy, squeaky cheese and other deliciousness. Can’t go wrong with any place that makes poutine!
The Hawthorne is a fantastic spot for a date night or to catch up with a friend, given its intimate atmosphere.
Any place that reminds their guests not to be a d-bag will always make my list of best places to drink.
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
Tequila and cotton candy with Pop Rocks. Need I say more?
Post 390 boasts a seasonal cocktail menu using local, in season ingredients. I have never been disappointed with a drink here!
The Publick House
The Publick House, located just over the city line in Brookline, has a wonderfully curated selection of craft beers from around the world.
The Rattlesnake has a hidden roof deck, surrounded by brick buildings, and a delicious Southwestern-inspired menu.
Unfortunately The Rattlesnake closed in 2017, but will forever be in my heart as one of my favorite Boston bars. Single tear.
Sunset Grill & Tap
Sunset Grill & Tap claims to have the largest beer selection on the East Coast. They also serve a mean fluffernutter with banana sandwich.
If you like tequila, definitely hit up Tico’s for margaritas and tapas.
Wink & Nod
Wink & Nod is a speakeasy style bar, with no password required.
Yvonne’s is a quirky and unexpected experience akin to falling down the rabbit hole and landing in Wonderland.
Which bars in Boston are your go-tos for a drink?
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About the author
Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.