We love a bar that boasts a serious cocktail program—but doesn’t take itself too seriously. This lounge at Nine Zero Hotel has industry cred thanks to creative, aromatic bevvies served in a sophisticated wood-paneled den. (Nor does it slouch on bar bites, with hot dogs and other funky fare devised by star chef Ken Oringer.) Yet hip DJs, board games, View-Master menus and rubber-ducky drink garnishes lend goofy, Gen Y-skewing charm.
Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St., Boston • (617) 772-0202
2015 Winner: Highball Lounge
No longer your grandparents’ lame, lamé-covered special-occasion joints, hotel bars have become some of Boston’s best spots to find top-shelf beverage programs and equally intoxicating vibes…...
- Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St., Boston
- (617) 772-0202
2016 Winner: Eastern Standard
As Yoda was to Luke and Mr. Miyagi was to the Karate Kid, so has Jackson Cannon been an indispensible mentor to Boston’s collective beverage industry...
- 528 Comm. Ave., Boston
- (617) 532-9100
2017 Winner: Hojoko
This kooky izakaya inside the rock ’n’ roll-themed Verb Hotel is the antithesis of all those unstylish lobby bars where sad traveling salesmen slump and get sauced...
- 1271 Boylston St., Boston
- (617) 670-0507
2018 Winner: Ruka
- 505 Washington St., Boston
- (617) 266-0102