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What Are the Best Bars in Boston, MA?

What Are the Best Bars in Boston, MA?

Think of the best bars in America; Boston may not immediately come to mind as somewhere with the best bars. But Beantown holds its own against cities like New York, Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles when it’s time to grab a drink.

Not only are there fun bars in Boston, but also plenty of classy cocktail bars and wine bars. Whether you’re looking for a classy date spot or a fun place to take family & friends, we’ve got you covered with our guide to some of Boston’s best bars!

1. Bar Pallino – Best Boston Bar for Wine

Bar Pallino is an intimate and upscale underground wine bar located in the basement of Italian restaurant Facia a Facia. Whether you head here for a glass of red before dinner or a celebratory bottle of bubbly, this spot won’t disappoint with its truly notable wine list and approachable wine experts. 

2. The Koji Club – Best Boston Bar for Sake

If you’re anything like us here at BiteUnite, you love learning about food and drinks. The Koji Club is a great place to do just that.

On their website, they describe themselves as “...a safe space to celebrate, learn about and drink good sake”. Always wanted to try sake but didn't know where to start? The Koji Club is for you!

3. Cathedral Station – Best Inclusive Boston Sports Bar

Cathedral Station describes itself as a “gay sports bar and neighborhood pub that welcomes anyone”. No matter who you are, Cathedral Station welcomes you with open arms – and stiff drinks!

Not only is there a bar counter here, but also several indoor tables at which to enjoy this bar’s pub food. Plus, there’s a fairly large patio outside that’s perfect for this Boston LGBTQIA+ bar’s weekend brunch!

4. Shore Leave – Best Cocktail Bar with Food

Looking for one of the best cocktail bars in Boston? Shore Leave offers a tiki-inspired cocktail menu and tropical flavors that are the perfect antidote to cold Boston winters – or the perfect complement to hot summer nights. What’s more, Shore Leave also serves up an impressive food menu with sushi, burgers, and appetizers, all in a fun setting you won’t forget.

5. Citrus & Salt – Best Bar for Mexican Night or Girl’s Night

Bringing coastal Mexican cuisine and bar fare to the streets of Boston, Citrus & Salt has a fun, refreshing atmosphere with vibrant colors and a fun-themed drink menu featuring quippy names like “Baecation” and “Tequila is Cheaper than Therapy”. 

6. Bukowski Tavern – Best Boston Bar for Beer & Kitsch

This bar refuses to be defined, much like its namesake, Charles Bukowski. Believe it or not, if you’re a beer fan, this is a fantastic place to try, as its selection of beers is impressive and its draft list includes many local and small-batch craft beers!

7. The Beehive – Best Speakeasy Style Bar

Looking for a jazz-inspired cocktail scene in the Boston area? The Beehive is a true cocktail lounge with a live music calendar and plenty of vintage-inspired craft cocktails on the menu. It’s as popular for its music and ambiance as it is for its drinks. 

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