What are the best bars in Boston?

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Kaitlin Madden

That depends on what kind of bar you’re looking for.
• If it’s a casual scene and a good party you’re after, head down to the Faneuil Hall area, where you’ll be able to enjoy a large concentration of good-time bars within a few blocks. A few places to start: Ned Devine’s, Sissy K’s or the Bell in Hand.
• For something swankier, but more low-key, try The Oak Bar in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The elegant space features soaring ceilings with wood-molding, sparkling, low –lit chandeliers and tufted leather bar chairs, all of which do a good job of making The Oak Bar feel like it’s from a different, more refined, era.
• If you’re looking for a craft cocktail, check out Drink in Fort Point Channel. There, mixologists will whip you up a concoction based on flavors you like or how you’re feeling at the moment. If that’s too much of a risk, order something from their pre-existing drink menu. The Hawthorne in the Hotel Commonwealth is another great option for creative cocktails.
• For a dive with style, head to Deluxe in the South End. Think walls covered in vintage records and ephemera, Christmas lights all year long, and bathrooms covered in graffiti. Note: Deluxe is cash only.

Melanie Nayer

There are plenty of ways to cap off an afternoon or evening in Boston. Whether you're in town for a game or just want to enjoy a cocktail while people watching, Boston bars are sure to please. From specialty cocktails to home-grown brews, you'll find a bar in Boston to please any palette.

Wine and spirits: Boston has no shortage of wine bars. For some impeccable wine options, head to the bar at Mooo, No. 9 Park or Meritage. The bartenders here can suggest wines for any mood or event. Try the wines bottled especially for No. 9 Park, and don't miss the bar menu at Meritage, which pairs each item with a type of wine.  For a truly unique experience, reserve a table at L'Espalier and ask your server to create a wine pairing dinner, complete with a cheese and port course.

Beers and brews: Start your beer tasting at the Sam Adams Brewery. Tours are available daily and you'll be able to taste test some of the famous brewery's newest flavors. Faneuil Hall is where you'll find most of the best brewhouses and beer bars in the city. The Green Dragon, The Purple Shamrock and Hennessey's are the most popular. If you want a little history with your beer, head to the Warren Tavern in Charlestown, said to be the oldest bar in Boston and where Paul Revere himself used to belly up to the bar.

Cocktails: Mixology has become an artform in Boston. If you're looking for something creative to sip, visit the bartenders at MBar (the bar at Asana in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston), Drink in the Fort Point Channel district or The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons, Boston. MBar is known for their seasonal creations, while The Bristol Lounge is famous for its traditional drinks. Drink, a bar by Barbara Lynch, is a favorite for serious liquor aficiandos looking for something special.

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