The Best Bars for Foodies in Boston

The historic city of Boston, Massachusetts has earned a reputation for its loud and proud sports fans and as the home to some of the world's most prestigious universities like Harvard and MIT. In this traditionally Irish city, nearly a quarter of its population comes from outside the United States, including Latin America and Asia. When it comes to the best bar in Boston, the city hosts everything from traditional pubs to salsa clubs. But where are the smartest, savviest people in Boston headed out to when looking for the best bars in the city? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know locals to find the best bar in Boston. Grab a seat at the bar in "Beantown" where everyone knows your name!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:jm Curley, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Unspecified, European
Neighborhoods:Downtown Crossing, Back Bay, South Boston
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

jm Curley

$$$$·American·
Downtown Crossing
20 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

A few steps away from the Boston Common, the sleek and welcoming jm Curley is one of the best bars in Boston. This dark and intimate spot is the perfect place for dinner after strolling around town al...

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OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·Unspecified·
Back Bay
1,295 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Lunch

After exploring Boston's Newbury Street and Back Bay neighborhoods, the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen offers one of the best bar in Boston atmospheres. This stylish, colorful restaurant boasts a fun, farm-to...

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Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar

$$$$·European·
South Boston
27 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

Right in the heart of South Boston, the Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar brings classic European vibes to the middle of Boston. Stop in to grab a drink and a bite to eat among the friendly, young-professio...

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Map Room Tea Lounge

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
Back Bay
64 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
  • Good for Groups

Take a trip back in time at the Map Room Tea Lounge. Located inside the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library, this delightful spot takes its place in the running for the best bar in Boston. Try...

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Casa B Tapas Cocktail & Rum Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Somerville
205 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

Somerville's Union Square neighborhood is one of Boston's hidden gems. Exciting and lively, Union Square is home to one of the best bars in Boston in Casa B. This tapas and rum spot is an interesting,...

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Healthy in Boston

Alden and Harlow

$$$$·American·
Harvard Square
3,658 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Cambridge's Harvard Square is a must-go location for anyone visiting Boston. Take some time to stroll around the Harvard campus and the exciting neighborhood nearby. After exploring, stop into a place...

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Hojoko

$$$$·Japanese·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
614 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fun

This Japanese-style tavern brings fine “izakaya”-style dining to the heart of the Fenway neighborhood. Before or after a Red Sox game, Hojoko is the place to be for a lively atmosphere and great food ...

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Japanese in Boston / New England

Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$·Steak·
Back Bay
7,035 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date

This legendary steakhouse is always mentioned when it comes to the best bar in Boston. A dining destination for the city's movers and shakers, Grill 23 & Bar is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab co...

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Steak in Boston

Coppersmith

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Boston
759 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Sports
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

This spacious, welcoming spot in South Boston features industrial-style vibes and an expansive, creative menu. It's one of the best bars in Boston. Go for some of the restaurant's signature cocktails,...

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Hot Spot in Boston / New England

Catwalk - The Liberty Hotel Boston

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Allston

This standout location near Beacon Hill remains one of the best bars in Boston. Crafted out of an old-school jail, Clink features atmosphere galore. Start with some of the chilled seafood, local farme...

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Ward 8

$$$$·American·
West End
1,030 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Boston's West End is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. Nestled next to the T.D. Garden, the West End is a charming spot with some of the best bars in Boston. Ward 8 is right at the top of ...

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Committee

$$$$·Greek·
Fort Point Channel
1,664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

A local after-work haven for working professionals, Committee is one of the best bars in Boston. Stop in for some exquisite Greek-inspired cuisine and a few drinks while strolling around the Fort Poin...

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Russell House Tavern

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
2,358 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A Harvard Square highlight, this dark-lit and lively spot in the heart of the neighborhood is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab a seat in the comfortable underground lounge to dine on small plates ...

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Supper Club at Capo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Boston
91 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

This hidden gem underneath Capo Restaurant in the South End is one of the best bars in Boston. Head in to enjoy live entertainment, live music, and a fun Italian food menu. Grab one of the Roman pizza...

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Best Ambiance in Boston
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Bar á vin 1855

$$$$·French·
Back Bay
129 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List

This Brookline standout delivers a taste of Paris to the middle of this lively Boston suburb. This French restaurant is one of the best bars in Boston. Try some of the authentic French appetizers, lik...

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Notable Wine List in Boston / New England