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20+ spots to grab a drink after work in Boston

Hit the town and enjoy a drink after work at one of these cheers-worthy local bars. 🍸

Cocktail against a tropical wall backdrop

Cheers to the many spots to sip in our city.

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Can we interest you in a post-work beverage? Gather your closest friends and colleagues (read: drinking buddies), and hit the town with this guide in tow.

Whether you’re hankering for a locally brewed IPA, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc, or a craft cocktail, grab a drink at these 20+ places around town.

🍺 Beer lovers

Sam Adams Boston Taproom, 60 State St. | Drink we love: Wicked Easy
Steps away from the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall, this brewery offers 20+ brews on draft and a rotating list of taproom exclusives. Take advantage of the communal tables to sip and stay a while.

Castle Island Brewing Co., 10 Old Colony Ave. | Drink we love: Candlepin
The South Boston brewery in the Iron Works development has a core lineup of six brews, plus rotating limited releases. Grab a slice of Bardo’s South Shore bar-style pizza at the taproom to pair with your beer.

City Tap House, 10 Boston Wharf Rd. | Drink we love: Cloud Candy IPA
Side of pizza with your brew? This Seaport spot is popular for its brick-oven pizza and extensive tap list — from rare beers like breakfast stouts to lagers and sours.

Bukowski Tavern, 50 Dalton St. | Drink we love: Idle Hands Farmhouse Pale Ale
The popular hangout has been serving a wide beer selection and American cuisine since 1998. Its location couldn’t be better (just steps away from The Prudential Center).

Small Sam Adams beer

Behold the power of a small Sam Adams sip.

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🍸 Keeping spirits up

Drink, 348 Congress St. | Drink we love: Bohemian
This Fort Point bar does things a little differently — simply tell the bartender what you like and dislike, and they’ll craft the perfect cocktail for you. There is also a cocktail menu with options like a mint julep or Moscow mule if you prefer not to go off-book.

Roxanne’s, 6 Beacon St. | Drink we love: In Tokyo
Reservations are recommended to visit the eclectic cocktail bar in Beacon Hill. There will be a side of ambiance with your cocktail, complete with a backlit bar and sleek lounge seating.

backbar, 7 Sanborn Ct. | Drink we love: Varies by menu
Arguably the spot for craft cocktails around the city, backbar has been named one of the coolest bars in the world. The Somerville bar keeps things fresh with a regularly rotating menu. Past themes include “Harry Potter,” “Encanto,” and “Game of Thrones.”

Daiquiris and Daisies, 100 High St. Pl. | Drink we love: Pineapple Daiquiri
The quintessential post-work drink spot (read: right inside High Street Place) is a modern cocktail bar from Joseph Cammarata, who shaped the bar programs at backbar, jm Curley, and Hojoko. The menu is a mix of classic cocktails and some seasonal twists.

Vera’s, 70 Union Sq., Somerville |Drink we love: First Crush
The hidden gem in Union Square serves up an unbeatable cocktail menu with lounge ambiance to boot. Try the “First Crush,” which is basically the beverage version of a Creamsicle, or “Rings of Saturn” complete with gin, coconut, and passionfruit.

🍹 Mocktail musts

Tiki Rock, 2 Broad St. | Drink we love: Pain Reliever
Grab one of the “Landlubbers” drinks like a Virgin Colada, Strawberry Lemonade, or a Pain Reliever (read: not a painkiller). The tropical-inspired bar and restaurant also offers pan-Asian eats to go with your drinks.

ArtBar, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge | Drink we love: Sansgria
Located in The Royal Sonesta hotel, this eatery offers five drinks on the alcohol-free menu. Try the “Mockscow Mule” with Scottish lemonade or the “Sansgria” with Sevilla red.

Little Donkey, 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge | Drink we love: Stair Car
The global-inspired small plates spot in Central Square has three zero-proof drinks on the menu. Sip the “Stair Car” made with grapefruit, lemon, cinnamon, and hoppy refresher, or grab an alcohol-free Lagunitas and Topo Chico.

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🍷 Off the vine

haley.henry, 45 Province St.
This downtown wine bar was a 2020 James Beard Semi-Finalist for the “Outstanding Wine Program” category. Pro tip: Take advantage of the half bottle concept if you aren’t looking to buy a full bottle.

rebel rebel, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville
This James Beard “Outstanding Wine Program” finalist will take you to wine schoolliterally. See the list of wine classes, or grab a glass at the cozy Bow Market space.

Barcelona Wine Bar, various locations
With locations in the South End, Brookline, and Cambridge, it’s the perfect spot to wine down with a glass of vino and some tapas. Pro tip: Share a pitcher of the red sangria, made with Rioja wine.

The Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar, 80 Beverly St.
This wine bar at the City Winery live music space is conveniently located in the West End. Pair your wine with a bite from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired menu, and enjoy exclusive views of the wine-making facilities.

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Food plates and wine glasses

Don’t skip the food menu at haley.henry.

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🍾 Late-night gems

The Tam, 222 Tremont St.
There’s plenty of beer on draft at this bustling Irish pub. The bar, considered one of the best dive bars in our city, stays open until 2 a.m.

The Bell in Hand Tavern, 45 Union St.
This historic tavern dates back to the 18th century, and is still one of Boston’s most popular spots for a late night drink. The beer list boasts local favorites like Jack’s Abby. Check out this review of the bar experience in Condé Nast Traveler.

Mr. Dooley’s, 77 Broad St.
The ideal location for enjoying live music in a casual, cozy atmosphere, this Irish bar has been a local institution since 1991. As the website so perfectly puts it: “If ye want a theme park go to Disney, if ye want a pint come to Dooley’s.

The Druid, 1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge
This neighborhood Irish pub serves up pints, pub grub, and traditional music nightly. Fun fact: The Inman Square spot is housed in the oldest wooden mercantile building in Cambridge.

Birds of Paradise, 525 Western Ave., Brighton
The newly opened cocktail bar at the Charles River Speedway serves up globally inspired drinks until 1 a.m. The 45-seat bar has the same ownership as Baldwin Bar, Blossom Bar, and Ivory Pearl.

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