Boston was widely known as a beer town for decades, but recently, it’s become a leader in the craft cocktail scene. Here are some fine establishments where you can enjoy some spirited cocktail creations in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Best Cocktail Bars and Lounges in Boston

Boston was widely known as a beer town for decades, but recently, it’s become a leader in the craft cocktail scene. After an afternoon at Fenway Park, or a nice dinner at one of the city’s many James Beard award-winning restaurants, relax and enjoy a good drink at one of these cocktail bars and lounges.


Backbar is the sister bar to Journeyman, a popular restaurant in Boston. Backbar is known for its uniquely crafted cocktails and stellar service. This cozy cocktail lounge features a seasonal menu that will satisfy any palate. The bar gets filled up quickly, so you should definitely make a reservation.


Staffed with master bartenders, this underground bar takes mixology to another level. You can simply tell them what flavors you like, and a custom cocktail will be created just for you. Drink also provides an extensive wine list and a small selection of beers. The kitchen is open from 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. offering you the chance to savor steak tartar, burgers, or pork tacos.

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The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne is a swanky lounge located in the Hotel Commonwealth, with an ambiance that makes you feel like you’re in an upscale New York apartment. The staff at The Hawthorne is dedicated to providing you with comfort and excellent service while you sip on some of the best cocktails in the state.

Ward 8 Restaurant And Bar

A good bartender makes a difference wherever you go, and you’ll find them in abundance at Ward 8. Never skimping on the presentation, from the glassware to the bar lighting and area, the atmosphere is industrial-chic with a marble-topped square bar. You can enjoy a menu filled with comfort food and a separate menu for late-night munchies.

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Shojo Boston

Shojo Boston is known for its rotating menu of Asian fare that doesn’t disappoint. It’s a popular late-night hotspot for those who love a good gastropub. The bartenders here create inventive cocktails and can help you select from a premium Japanese spirit list. The food is served tapas style, focusing on small sharable plates. They take pride in what they create and change their menus consistently to fit the season. Shojo is located in Boston’s bustling Chinatown neighborhood.

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