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 additionally plays host to 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.
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 that includes 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
Down a quiet alley in Somerville’s Union Square and thru a nondescript door lies Backbar, a moody cocktail bar serving amazing 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)
The Baldwin Bar
This vicinity in Woburn is a bona fide cocktail vacation spot. Head bartender Ran Duan crafts tiki-inspired drinks like the Good Morning Vietnam — rum, Licor 43, passionfruit, lime, buttered coffee — on the first floor of the Baldwin Mansion. Upstairs, an extraordinary intimate experience at The 1st earl Baldwin of Bewdley & Sons Trading Co. Permits Duan to play even similarly with techniques and ingredients: Dry ice fog pours from a pitcher holding The Oracle, made with gin, St. Germain, and absinthe. (2 Alfred St., Woburn)
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Better Sorts Social Club
If your consuming dispositions lean toward a more adventurous facet, an experience to Better Sorts in downtown Boston is in order. Led with the aid of head bartender Naomi Levy, the cocktail listing here’s a medley of substances you’re much more likely to discover on your refrigerator’s produce drawer: carrots, arugula, hot pepper jelly, parsnip. For a Southern-stimulated drink, strive the Fifteen Minutes, with the aforementioned hot pepper jelly along with peanut basil Hayden bourbon, collards, Aquafina, and lemon inventory. (ninety Tremont St., Boston)
Blossom Bar at Sichuan Garden
Part tiki bar, component Sichuan restaurant, Blossom Bar at Sichuan Garden — sibling of Woburn’s 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Bar — opened its reimagined area in January 2018 with Duan on the helm. The drink menu takes guests on a temporary experience to the tropics, boasting cocktails like the Vivir Sonando with Aperol, macadamia cream, and grapefruit; and the Spanish remix with Amontillado sherry, Blackstrap rum, sesame, and pineapple milk. Order from the food menu (you can’t go wrong with the dan dan noodles) to turn your drink hour right into a complete meal. (295 Washington St., Brookline)
A cocktail introduction at Drink. —Xander Brown
This menu-less Fort Point bar is a group in Boston’s cocktail scene and has gained national awards for the reason that commencing in 2008. If you’re looking to relinquish your cocktail alternatives to the bartender, this is the spot. Share your cross-to — something sour, something with egg white, maybe mezcal? — and the professional bartenders behind the stick will craft something just for you. (348 Congress St., Boston)
Considered ground zero for so many talented Boston bartenders and their careers, Kenmore’s Eastern Standard has been serving great drinks because starting in 2005. Bar director Jackson Cannon (who went on to open The Hawthorne down the road) has curated a cocktail list that consists of seasonally rotating liquids in conjunction with classics and Eastern Standard originals. Settle into the long, marble bar and order a Queen Christina: bourbon, Swedish punsch, lemon, and sugar. (528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)
Cannon opened The Hawthorne in 2011, and it quickly became a should-visit spot for first-rate drinks. Not much has modified due to the fact then: The cocktail list still functions custom drinks like Conference made with apple brandy, rye, bourbon, cognac, and bitters, plus a prolonged whiskey listing. Head there for Sunday Sips, while the bar hosts spirit tastings inside the Stone Room. (500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston)
Lion’s TailCocktails at Lion’s Tail. —Lion’s Tail
Stop via this South End cocktail bar on the first Wednesday of each month, and also you’ll be treated to Woman Crush Wednesday, featuring talented female Boston bartenders who donate a part of the proceeds from their visitor cocktail menu to a sufficient cause. Drinks on the regular menu are divided into categories like Adventurous, Good Eggs (cocktails made with — you guessed it — eggs), and “By Lion’s Tail,” which includes the Big Moe: Glendalough Irish whiskey washed in brown butter and toasted pecans. (354 Harrison Ave., Boston)
One of the latest cocktail bars on this list, Longfellow Bar is chef Michael Scelfo’s trendy undertaking, a snack bar and cocktail front room above Alden & Harlow in Cambridge. In addition to small plates of house-made pretzels, pigs in a blanket (you’ll need to take an experience back on your formative years for this one), and gussied-up deviled eggs, there are clever cocktails from bar supervisor Dan Pontius, who named the ten house cocktails after tracks on a Bruce Springsteen album. His favored? My Father’s House, proposing rye, peppermint, and cacao. (40 Brattle St., #three, Cambridge)