Boston’s 13 Best Bars, According to Us

May 17, 2016

A great office culture is the product of a few ingredients: team chemistry, a get-stuff-done attitude and support from a group that recognizes and celebrates wins. That’s why we balance our time creating integrated campaigns (that win awards) with killer seasonal outings and casual hangouts alike. We are no strangers to happy hour around here – we even have a keg in our kitchen.
When the office closes shop and the weekend begins, the Hub has more to offer than classic bars and Irish pubs. The next time you’re out, head to one of the best bars in Boston – here’s THE list, according to us:

  • Allston/Brighton: Deep Ellum. With a titular reference to a legendary live music and local eatery-focused area in Dallas, this bar is a hipster’s paradise. You may be distracted by the incredibly well-curated beer list and talented bartenders.

  • Beacon Hill: 21st Amendment. Exercise your right to drink. Need a place to stop after a picnic on the Common or before your next meeting downtown? Step right into this cozy pub.

  • Back Bay: Parish Café. Located in the heart of Back Bay on Boylston Street, this café is mainly known for its delicious food. However, if you can grab a spot on the patio, there is no better place to drink and watch the crowds in the city. Oh, and make sure you get some potato salad while you’re there. Trust us.

  • Brookline: Publick House. Look no further than the extensive beer list for a reason to keep coming back. Try to get a reservation if you want to sit down, because this place gets packed.

  • Cambridge: Bukowski Tavern. The two locations in the city have two totally different vibes. The Cambridge joint was recently revamped and features a creative menu and great beer list; conversely, you can sum up the Back Bay location with, “All cash. Punk rock. No bullshit.” We’ll meet you there.

  • Charlestown: Pier 6. Formerly known as Tavern on the Water, you won’t find better views of the Boston skyline anywhere else. Come on a warm day, order a drink and grab a seat outside. Your Instagram feed thanks you in advance.

  • Downtown: Stoddard’s Fine Food and Ale. Red Line or Green Line, it doesn’t matter; this spot is centrally located. Upstairs or downstairs, you’ll find the beer selection, knowledgeable bartenders and atmosphere more than enough to warrant a return trip.

  • Fenway: Fenway Park. Did you expect something else? You may not find fancy cocktails or a wide beer selection here, but you can’t beat having a brew while watching the Red Sox play.

  • North End: Improv Asylum. Here’s a curveball for you. While it’s not a traditional watering hole, we love grabbing a pitcher of beer and watching an improv comedy show at this (literally) underground establishment.

  • Seaport: Harpoon. Since the beer hall expansion a while back, Harpoon became more than a brewery tour destination – it’s a bona fide bar. Take your pick between individual pints or specially curated flights, but you need to grab a pretzel (you won’t regret it).

  • South End: J.J. Foley’s. Boston’s bar scene may have evolved over the years, but we would be remiss to not mention this Metis mainstay. Pop in to Foley’s for a classic Irish pub experience. As gastropubs and underground bars rise in popularity, some label J.J. Foley’s as “what a bar should be.”

  • Southie: Lincoln Tavern. Walk in and you’ll immediately be struck by the unique, almost late 19th century architecture. Plenty of beers on tap, more in bottles and cans, and a full specialty cocktail program. What’s not to love?

  • West End: Ward 8. Whether you’re heading to or from the TD Garden, sometimes you want options besides a sports bar chain. Go slightly out of your way and head to Ward 8. The excellent drink selection and tasty bites make it stand out from the nearby Italian eateries.

Did we miss your favorite Boston bar? Tweet us @MetisComm and let us know. Follow us on Twitter @Metiscomm

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