The Best Bars for Foodies in Boston

The OpenTable Team

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!

Restaurants:Eastern Standard, Wink and Nod, the gallows
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Dining Bar, American
Neighborhoods:Kenmore Square / Fenway, South End

Eastern Standard

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4,296 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
Only a few steps away from Fenway Park, Eastern Standard is always mentioned when it comes to the best bar in Boston. A destination spot for Red Sox fans - or just fans of great foRead more
95% recommended
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Wink and Nod

$$$$·Dining Bar·
South End
628 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
This standout place in Boston's famed South End is one of the hippest spots in the entire city. Lavish and comfortable inside, Wink & Nod boasts a fun, engaging vibe for all visitoRead more
89% recommended
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the gallows

$$$$·American·
South End
278 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
The Gallows calls itself “an extension of your kitchen, only better.” This standout is one of the best bars in Boston. It's renowned in the city for its spectacular burger menu. GeRead more
86% recommended
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jmCurley

$$$$·American·
Downtown Crossing
14 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 stroRead more
100% recommended
Late Night Find in Boston / New England

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,103 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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 bRead more
95% recommended
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Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar

$$$$·Dining Bar·
South Boston
18 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
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 frienRead more
100% recommended
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Map Room Tea Lounge

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
Back Bay
60 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
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 besRead more
87% recommended
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Casa B Tapas Cocktail & Rum Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Somerville
166 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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 spoRead more
100% recommended
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Alden and Harlow

$$$$·American·
Harvard Square
3,274 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 explorinRead more
95% recommended

Hojoko

$$$$·Japanese·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
455 reviews
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 atmospRead more
98% recommended
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BISq

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
215 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
One of the most stylish restaurants in Boston, BlSq in Inman is a true dining destination. Stop into this bright and lively spot in one of the hippest neighborhoods in Cambridge foRead more
94% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Boston / New England
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Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$·Steak·
Back Bay
6,557 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 barRead more
95% recommended
Steak in Boston / New England

Coppersmith

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Boston
592 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 Read more
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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 Read more
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Ward 8

$$$$·American·
West End
885 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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 Read more
92% recommended
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Committee

$$$$·Greek·
Fort Point Channel
1,248 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
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 Read more
93% recommended
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Russell House Tavern

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
2,126 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 dRead more
93% recommended

Taste Wine Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown Crossing
23 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Described as an “urban tasting room,” the Taste Wine Bar & Kitchen is one of the standout places in all of Boston. It's also mentioned as in the running for the best bar in BostonRead more
86% recommended
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Supper Club at Capo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Boston
67 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Romantic
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 onRead more
100% recommended
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1855 La voile wine bar

$$$$·French·
Back Bay
78 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 FrRead more
100% recommended
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