The 10 best places for a drink in Boston, from sports bars to speakeasies

Bleacher Bar, Boston
Bleacher Bar, tucked under a stand at Fenway Park, is something of a hidden gem, even to most Bostonians

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Boston is a drinking city. The breadth of bar styles here nowadays stretches from glamorous, clubby haunts to wild cantinas, and from suave cocktail joints to historic pubs. If you’re lucky, you will find a bona fide one-time speakeasy, but more likely it will be a new name styling itself after a Prohibition-era booze hall. The Hub has more than its share of down-to-earth watering holes, otherwise known as dive bars, where a craft beer has yet to see the light of day. There’s also an increasing number of city breweries with taprooms and you can even sink into a sofa at a distillery tasting room, and enjoy still-to-table drinking.

South End

Wink & Nod

Modeled on the ideal speakeasy of yore, but...

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