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  • 1. Beantown Pub

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Right on the Freedom Trail, this is the only pub in Boston where you can enjoy a Sam Adams lager while pondering the grave of that Founding...Read More

  • 2. Doyle's Cafe

    Jamaica Plain | Bars/Pubs

    Truly an institution since 1892—and the first pub to put Sam Adams on tap—this friendly, crowded neighborhood Irish pub is a political as well...Read More

  • 3. Drink

    South Boston | Bars/Pubs

    This area favorite lounge in a brick Fort Point Channel warehouse offers a short beer, wine, and food list, but no cocktail menu. Patrons rely...Read More

  • 4. Middlesex Lounge


    For those looking to avoid the ubersceney clubs of Boston's Theater District, the Middlesex is a welcoming, laid-back club for all sorts of...Read More

  • 5. Sonsie

    Back Bay | Bars/Pubs

    The crowd spilling through French doors onto the sidewalk café in warm weather consists of trendy cosmopolitans, fun-loving professionals, local...Read More

  • 6. Sunset Grill & Tap

    Allston | Bars/Pubs

    In the heart of student heaven, the Sunset looks, at first glance, like any neighborhood hangout. But venture inside and you'll be bowled over...Read More

  • 7. The Burren


    Your true-emerald Irish music pub pulls in devoted locals and all fans of craic (enjoyable environment). Enthusiastic staff and professional...Read More

  • 8. The Sevens Ale House

    Beacon Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Serving beer and wine, this classic dive bar is an easygoing alternative to Beacon Hill's tony stuffiness, with its dark tones, simple bar setup...Read More

  • 9. Toad


    Bands, beers, and burgers sum up this amiable little Porter Square club attached to Christopher's. The bar is maple, the toads ceramic. Nightly...Read More

  • 10. Warren Tavern

    Charlestown | Bars/Pubs

    This venerable Colonial-era watering hole, rebuilt in 1780, was frequented by Paul Revere; even George Washington had a few drinks here. Today...Read More

  • 11. 21st Amendment

    Beacon Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Named for the amendment that ended Prohibition, this convivial pub across from the State House draws legislators, lobbyists, and neighborhood...Read More

  • 12. Alden & Harlow


    This subterranean haunt adjacent to Brattle Theater provides fascinating pre- or postmovie dining with provocative locally sourced, rustic American...Read More

  • 13. Alley Bar

    Theater District | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked away in an alley, this long-standing gay bar has recently been revamped with multiple TVs and large booth seating in the downstairs area...Read More

  • 14. Bell in Hand Tavern

    Government Center | Bars/Pubs

    America's oldest continuously operating pub (founded 1795) is named after its original owner, town crier Jimmy Wilson, whose bell-ringing wooden...Read More

  • 15. Black Rose

    Government Center | Bars/Pubs

    Hung with 20 bright county banners, decorated with pictures of Ireland and portraits of Samuel Beckett, Lady Gregory, and James Joyce, the Rose...Read More

  • 16. Bond Restaurant and Lounge

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    The stylish Bond belies its location in the somewhat conservative yet tony Langham Boston Hotel with its glittery lounge scene of sophisticates...Read More

  • 17. Boston Beer Works

    The Fenway | Bars/Pubs

    Standing opposite Fenway Park since 1992, this brewery has all its works exposed—the tanks, pipes, and gleaming stainless-steel and copper kettles...Read More

  • 18. Boston Beer Works

    Old West End | Bars/Pubs

    Located near the TD Garden, this BBW branch serves up the same array of well-crafted draft beers and ales to Celtics and Bruins fans as its...Read More

  • 19. Bukowski Tavern

    Back Bay | Bars/Pubs

    This narrow barroom has a literary flair and more than 100 brews for your sipping pleasure. You'll see many a beer nerd hanging out at the bar...Read More

  • 20. Cambridge Brewing Company


    This collegial, cavernous microbrewery has been the happy haunt for MIT techies and craft-brew geeks since its 1989 founding. Order CBC's Cambridge...Read More

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