Bars & Clubs

Neighborhoods: Union Square

2014 Winner: backbar

Co-owner Sam Treadway is celebrated as one of the area’s top mixology gurus, so it’s no surprise that his hidden den of bitters-imbued delights—so discreet that its first letter is lowercase—is ground zero for serious cocktail connoisseurs. Taking cues from its neighboring parent, the adventurous restaurant Journeyman, backbar similarly spotlights local ingredients in innovative but gimmick-free concoctions.


7 Sanborn Court, Somerville • (617) 718-0249

Other Winners

  • Neighborhoods: Union Square

    2015 Winner: Brass Union

    Taking up residence in the old Precinct space, Brass Union has maintained its predecessor’s laid-back vibe but kicked up the beverage program with craft brews and cocktails like the Rum & Smoke, made with Bully Boy rum, house-smoked lime juice, housemade orgeat and ginjinha berry liqueur…...