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These 14 cocktail bars and eating places are serving excellent drinks in Boston

Cheers to those tiki bars, whiskey lounges, and cocktail-pushed eating places.
Blossom Bar Angie Valencia at Blossom Bar in Brookline.
By Erin Kuschner March 15, 2019
While Boston certainly holds its beer to excessive requirements, the town also hosts award-winning bartenders and cocktail bars. Start sipping your manner across Boston with those 14 boundary-pushing cocktail destinations, from swanky lounges in downtown resorts to speakeasies in Somerville.

Alcove

When Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli’s Alcove opened on Lovejoy Wharf in October, the West End newcomer was given favorable critiques for its land, area, and sea fare. But it’s the bar that first greets visitors after they stroll thru the door, and the liquids here deserve the same reward. A seasonally-encouraged cocktail menu gives stellar creations like Fluffy Bee, a rum-primarily based drink containing bee pollen, ginger, egg white, and honey. Squash the Julep is a tropical delight with the addition of brown butter squash to its base of cognac and rum; paired with an order of red meat carpaccio, it makes for a stable post-paintings prevent. (50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston)

Backbar in Somerville. Backbar in Somerville. —Raul Zelaya/The Boston Globe
Backbar
Down a quiet alley in Somerville’s Union Square and thru a nondescript door lies Backbar, a moody cocktail bar serving incredible drinks. Cuddle up by way of low tables inside the nook on date night or dangle out by using the bar — either way, you’re aware of whimsically-named beverages like the Mcconaughaissance with bourbon, lemon, mint, Benedictine, and peach (alright, okay, all right) and the Bananakin Skywalker with scotch, pineapple, lime, banana, maple, and cappelletti. Can’t make up your mind? The bartender’s preference is a great way to take gain of Backbar’s talented workforce. Just don’t scouse borrow their collectible figurines. (7 Sanborn Court, Somerville)

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