The Bon’s

top bars in Boston

January 2024 ■
Words by Eleanor Purvis

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The best bars Boston has to offer

There are so many bars to choose from in Boston. Whether you are looking for a night on the town or simply a relaxed evening out with friends we’ve got you covered. Let us shed some light on Boston at night.

Our list of the best rooftop bars in Boston

When the sun comes out in Boston, it’s an event worth celebrating. Boston has a range of great al fresco hotspots to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the city’s skyline views. We’ve selected some of our favourite rooftop bars and sky-high hangouts from across the city.

  1. lookout

    Lookout Rooftop & Bar

    Located at the Envoy Hotel

    This rooftop bar offers amazing views of the Boston skyline and the Seaport District. The views are worth the wait time. Enjoy upscale cocktails from the stylish lounge whilst drinking in the sunset views.

  2. legal harborside

    Legal Harborside - Roof Deck

    Located in Seaport

    A well-known seafood restaurant with a rooftop deck overlooking Boston Harbour. The roof is retractable – making this a great sport to enjoy in all seasons. With an extensive wine list and panoramic views over the bay, this is one not to be missed.

  3. Revere

    Rooftop @ Revere

    Located at the Revere Hotel

    This rooftop pool delivers a slice of Miami in the heart of Boston. It is one of the liveliest rooftop scenes in Boston. Whether you are looking to lounge in your own cabana, stretch out on a couch, or relax by the pool, reserve your spot at this sort after location. Did we mention the views are breath-taking.

  4. Daedalus


    Located by Harvard Square

    A former greenhouse, this roof deck is an urban garden oasis. Serving classic cocktails at reasonable prices, it’s the perfect place to temporarily escape the city’s chaos.

  5. Brewing co

    Dorchester Brewing Co

    Located in South Boston

    Discover the New England brewery, whatever the time of year enjoy an afternoon relaxing in their taproom, featuring a rooftop greenhouse and outdoor roof deck. Grab a draft and enjoy their ever-changing brews made on-site. There’s a BBQ stand for when you need a snack.

Where are the best wine bars in Boston?

In a city with bars on every block it can be hard to work out which establishments are worth trying. Are you on the search for great wine? Look no further than these wine bars this season.

  1. Brix

    BRIX Wine Shop

    Located in South End

    The store offers a wide selection of wines from around the world. The staff are super friendly, there is a wine bar attached to the store where you can enjoy tastings and pairings.

  2. haleyhenry

    Haley.henry Wine Bar

    Located in Downtown Crossing

    Enjoy a cozy atmosphere at this Boston wine bar. Small wine producers are the main attraction, the bar focuses on natural wines. Luxurious small plates are available to accompany your tiple of choice.

  3. Bin 26

    Bin 26 Enoteca

    Located in Beacon Hill

    A stylish Italian wine bar with an extensive wine list at 25 pages. Enjoy sample pour to try a range of the offerings, or enjoy a carafe of your favourite wine with a cheese or charcuterie board.

  4. Nathalie


    Located in Fenway

    Intimate and inviting, Nathalie is the sister spot of beloved wine bar haley.henry. The offerings focus on small-production, female and natural winemakers in a stunning setting.

Boston cocktail bars worth visiting

Boston has some great mixology hotspots. Enjoy a night on the town with a drink designed to fit your every mood. Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail or a new concoction Boston’s cocktail bars will not disappoint.

  1. Drink


    Located in Fort Point

    This well-known underground bar offers a very personal service. Rather than being faced with a menu, the skilled bartenders will often listed to your preferences and craft a custom cocktail, solely for you from their premium stock of spirits and mixers.

  2. Yvonne


    Located in Downtown Crossing

    A stylish venue offering both classic and innovative cocktails. The bar entrance is concealed by a fake hair salon storefront. Inside soak up the clubby ambiance and splendour of the original 19th century mahogany bar. Over weekends there is a second secret entrance to a club.

  3. Backbar


    Located in Somerville

    A laid-back cocktail bar packed full of street art, with an extensive cocktail menu and bar snacks available.

  4. brick&mortar

    Brick & Mortar

    Situated in Central Square

    A hidden speakeasy-style cocktail bar with a lengthy selection of creative drinks. Enjoy an intimate setting with live music.

  5. nextdoor

    Next Door

    Located in East Boston

    An exclusive speakeasy with a concealed entrance behind Pazza on Porter. Make sure you know the secret code to enter. Once inside, you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time. The bar is chic and there are so many fantastical cocktails to deliver the drama.

  6. Hecate


    Located in Back Bay

    Another lavish underground speakeasy. Bartenders are known as “spirit guides” will whip you up a stylish drink as you enjoy your luxurious surroundings.

  7. Mahaniyom


    Located in Brookline Village

    When east meets west. Enjoy artfully crafted Western cocktails made with a Thai twist. Alongside drinking your fusion concoction, why not enjoy a few of its authentic Thai tapas to snack as you sip.

Boston jazz bars to visit

Want to carry on the night? Going to a jazz bar could be just the ticket, and Boston has some great venues to choose from.

  1. Wally cafe

    Wally's Cafe Jazz Club

    Located in the South End

    The jazz club that has been a fixture in Boston since 1947. The club is a fantastic place to see live jazz. Walk through its famous red door and discover up and coming artists.

  2. Scullers

    Scullers Jazz Club

    Located in the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

    A cozy cabaret-style dinner and show venue for an small audience provides a chic intimate setting to enjoy live jazz. Scullers are dedicated to hosting next-gen musicians from local schools.

  3. Beehive

    The Beehive

    Found in the South End

    One part jazz club, one part restaurant. Dine at The Beehive listening to live jazz, blues, and more. This is a great venue for a more laid-back night out. It can get busy so we advise reserving a table in advance.

  4. Regatta


    Located in the Charles Hotel in Cambridge

    A well-known jazz club that hosts a range of jazz styles. The venue is packed with tables, and the bands play on the floor rather than a stage, making audience participation a common occurrence.

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