We are all about to go on a journey into what drinking at the best bars in Boston is like over the next few minutes. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our Boston bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around the region at this link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best Boston cocktail and wine bars are:
- Lolita Back Bay at 271 Dartmouth St
- Yvonnes at 2 Winter Pl
- Drink at 348 Congress St
- Scholars American Bistro at 25 School St
- Brick & Mortar at 567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
- Cloud & Spirits at 795 Main St, Cambridge
- Zuzu’s Petals at 204 Hampshire St, Cambridge
- Baramor at 45 Union St, Newton Centre
- Flora’s Wine Bar at 1284 Washington St, West Newton
- The BlueBird Bar at 1293 Washington St, West Newton
- Local Kitchen & Drinks at 11 Forest St, Wellesley Hills
- Bocado Tapas Wine Bar at 45 Church St, Wellesley
- The Local Kitchen & Drinks at 400 Boston Post Rd, Wayland
- Hops N Scotch at 1306 Beacon St, Brookline
- Blossom Bar at Sichuan Garden at 295 Washington St, Brookline
- Burro Bar at 1665 Beacon St, Brookline
Lolita Back Bay serves delightful Mexican inspired food and drinks including a selection of wines and cocktails in your area.
At Yvonnes you can choose from an exclusive wine and champagne selection to enjoy with their award winning menu.
You can head over to Drink for unique custom cocktails in Boston made with some of the freshest ingredients plus they have a thoughtful selection of white, red, and sparkling wines along with a variety of craft beers.
Scholars American Bistro offers delicious plates and a selection of tasty cocktails, refreshing beers, and house wines with DJ’s playing tunes every weekend from 10pm to 2am.
Some of the available products sold at Brick and Mortar are crafthouse selections, classic cocktails, and wines by the glass Monday through Saturday at 5pm.
Cloud and Spirits is an American restaurant and bar in Cambridge serving a wide selection of sparkling cocktails to complement the chef’s menu for some elevated dining experience.
You can visit Baramor for their warm and inviting American setup serving gastro cuisine, delicious homemade food, innovative cocktails, beers, and live music in Newton Centre.
Various wines from around the world, unique cocktails, and local craft beers as well as cheese and charcuterie are provided at Flora’s small cozy neighborhood bar from 4pm to 11pm Tuesday through Saturday.
The BlueBird Bar in West Newton serves lunch, brunch, and dinner in addition to beers, wines, and cocktails and it is kind of like an all around spot that is part sports bar but you can also listen to vinyl records and they even have a $1 oyster happy hour from 3pm to 5pm daily.
Handcrafted cocktails, beers on tap, and a full wine list in Wayland are some of the available items sold at Local Kitchen and Drinks.
Hops N Scotch offers an extensive collection of wines and crafthouse cocktails in Brookline.
There’s a wide assortment of tropical and innovative cocktails, beers, and wines sold near you at Blossom Bar from 5pm to 12am daily.
Burro Bar serves Mexican inspired small plates, tacos, and a variety of margaritas, sparkling wine, red wine, white wine, and cocktails.
Boston Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- Dorchester Brewing Company at 1250 Massachusetts Ave
- Night Shift Brewing at 87 Santilli Hwy
- Downeast Cider House at 256 Marginal St
- Bleacher Bar at 82A Lansdowne St
- Tony Cs Seaport at 250 Northern Ave
- Shine Square Pub at 2046 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
- Cambrige Brewing Company at 1 Kendall Square #100, Cambridge
Dorchester Brewing Company offers 20 draft lines of crafthouse beers and brewing partner brews as well as cider and wine.
Open from 12pm to 11pm Monday through Saturday and until 8pm on Sunday Night Shift Brewing is a good place to enjoy draft beers, regular food trucks, live music, and more in their expansive two-bar tap room with indoor and patio seating.
Downeast Cider House serves a wide variety of ciders in your area Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 9pm, on Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and on Sunday from 12pm to 7pm.
Bleacher is a great Boston sports bar with fantastic food, drinks, and an unrivaled baseball experience from a huge garage window that looks directly into the stadium. Head over Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 12am, on Friday through Saturday until 2am, and on Sunday until 10pm.
One of the top sports bars for fans of all ages is Tony C’s Seaport where you can try a delicious menu of homecooked foods while watching over 90 HD TV’s.
Shine Square Pub is a casual sports bar and grill featuring 11 TV’s, draft beers, cocktails, 24 different wing flavors, delectable sliders, and NFL Sunday Ticket.
Cambrige Brewing Company boasts a long history of producing handcrafted beers with 16 beers on tap, bottles, and cans that are available daily beginning at 11:30am.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Carrie Nation at 11 Beacon St
- Bukowski Tavern at 50 Dalton St
- Citrus & Salt at 142 Berkeley St
- Delux Café at 100 Chandler St
- Russel House Tavern at 14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge
- Grendels’ Den Restaurant & Bar at 89 Winthrop St, Cambridge
- Burro Bar at 1665 Beacon St, Brookline
Carrie Nation offers a diverse menu of cuisine and specialty craft cocktails as well as local drink specials from 5pm to 6pm Thursday through Saturday.
Russel House Tavern has an oyster happy hour Monday from 9pm to 10pm, on Tuesday through Thursday until 11pm, and on Friday through Sunday from 10pm to 12am. You can also visit them for Boston bar trivia nights every Thursday at 7:30pm
An extensive menu of great food and a wide range of drinks and liquor specials in your area from 4pm to 6:30pm can be found at Grendels’ Den Restaurant and Bar.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- 21st Amendment at 150 Bowdoin St
- Renegade’s Pub at 1004 Bennington St
- Corner Pub at 162 Lincoln St
- Porters at 173 Portland St
- The Phoenix Landing at 512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
- The Druid at 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge
- Beat Brew Hall at 13A Brattle St, Cambridge
- Tommy Duyle’s at 349 Watertown St #1329, Newton
- Grainne O’Malley’s Tavern at 201 Harvard St, Brookline
- Coolidge Corner Clubhouse at 307 Harvard St, Brookline
21st Amendment serves beers, wines, and cocktails that you can enjoy during their Sunday night stump trivia beginning at 8pm.
Corner Pub offers cold craft and draft beers, homemade burgers, a jukebox, and a variety of board games.
Head to Porters to enjoy their great food, microbrews, and cocktail options in addition to HD TV’s showing local sports and pub trivia every Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
The Phoenix Landing hosts Wednesday bar trivia in Cambridge at 7pm, DJ’s 5 nights a week, and sports on TV’s in addition to delightful food, drinks, and brunch on weekends.
The Druid is an Irish pub in the heart of Inman Square hosting live music three times a week while serving homemade Irish fare, American pub classics, and perfectly poured Guinness plus they host bar trivia near you every Wednesday at 8:30pm.
Over 40 beers on tap, craft food, live music, and a quiz nights every Tuesday at 7pm are featured at Beat Brew Hall.
Tommy Duyle’s has delightful authentic dishes like burgers, salads, and sandwiches as well as a wide selection of beers and trivia nights in Newton every Monday at 8pm.
New seasonal cocktails that are constantly added on their menu as well as Ponder trivia events on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm are what you can get at Grainne O’Malley’s Tavern.
The Coolidge Corner Clubhouse features 21 LCD televisions and 36 beers on tap plus they host trivia in Brookline every Tuesday at 8pm.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- Hong Kong at 65 Chatham St
- Midway at 3496 Washington St
- White Bull at Faneuil Hall, 1 Union St
- Lansdowne at 9 Lansdowne St
- Howl at the Moon at 184 High St
- Lizard Lounge at 1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
- The Plough & Stars at 912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
- Golden Temple & The E Room at 1651 Beacon St, Brookline
Hong Kong is a popular party destination offering local bar karaoke six days a week and they even have a karaoke competition every last Thursday of the month.
Open every day until 2am Midway features karaoke tracks every Thursday as well as intense dance sets by their own DJ with tunes ranging from Sissy and New Orleans Bounce to Dancehall, EDM, Trap, Jukebox, Alternative, 80’s Classics, Hip Hop, House, Underground, and the current Top 40 buzz.
Great lobster rolls, customized pizzas, skillet appetizers, great cocktails, and much more can be found at White Bull who has karaoke nights on Tuesdays along with DJ and dancing on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Traditional Irish fare, a cold pint of beer, live bands, karaoke, and a jukebox are offered at Lansdowne.
Howl at the Moon is a premier party venue and live music bar near you hosting birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate events, holiday parties, private parties, and other events.
A full bar, a cocktail menu, and 30 beers on tap are featured at The Lizard Lounge including an intimate welcoming music club that plays rock and roots music as well as opera, classical music, and Balkan folk.
The Plough and Stars is a neighborhood favorite providing brunch, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails and live music in Cambridge Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 6pm and on Monday through Saturday nights from 10:30pm.
Golden Temple and The E Room is a wonderful place to indulge in simple pleasures like eating, drinking, talking, dining with a late night DJ’s and dancing to music in Brookline.
Don’t forget to visit The Druid, Beat Brew Hall, Baramor, and Night Shift Brewing from some of the previous lists which are more fun Boston bars for music lovers.
By the way we have also covered:
- Local Drink Specials In Worcester
- Local Drink Specials In Providence
- Local Drink Specials In Portland, Maine
- Local Drink Specials In New York City
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Boston
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Boston.