Best Boston Beer Bars

Boston is better known for its Irish pubs and sports bars than its craft beer bars, but the city has some gems if you know where to look. The following list of Boston-area craft beer bars is a good place to start. Bars are listed in order of my personal preference, with my favorites atop the list.

Craft beer goblet with corks

Every one of the bars listed here is worth a visit. The craft beer scene is booming in and around Boston, and new bars open regularly, so I’ll update this list when appropriate.


 (Last update 09.15.12)

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27 thoughts on “Best Boston Beer Bars

  1. dcmontreal says:

    What about the Beantown Pub on Tremont? Where you can have a cold Sam Adams while looking at a cold Sam Adams!!

  2. […] Publick House in Brookline, MA’s Washington Square sits atop my list of Boston’s best beer bars not only due to its impressive beer selections, but also thanks to its ambiance. One of my favorite […]

  3. […] For these reasons and more, Bukowski Tavern in Boston’s Back Bay sits near the top of my best Boston beer bars list. The bar is cash only though, so bring some Benjamins—or at least a pocket full o’ […]

  4. […] Sunset has more than 100 taps on at any given time, with everything from brand new local craft brews to barrel-aged Belgians. And Sunset offers roughly 350 bottled brews, making Sunset’s craft beer selection the largest in the city of Boston. The bartenders are friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable. For these reasons, the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, Mass., makes my list of Boston’s best beer bars. […]

  5. […] The layout of the brew house is mostly the same, but the worn down and scratched up bar top has been renewed; it doesn’t feel as secluded and dank; the bartenders are showing a bit more enthusiasm; and there are a lot more lights—too many, if you ask me, and the quality of light seems very “artificial.” But it’s still a definite improvement. The renovations were much needed, and the brew house feels much more modern. For these reasons and more, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House makes my list of best Boston beer bars. […]

  6. […] a little disappointed to see that none of my favorite beer bars are listed in’s online poll for best American beer bars. I spent quite a bit of […]

  7. […] I stopped by the Publick House yesterday for a draft Gueuze Tilquin and some chicken-and-garlic mac and cheese, and I snapped this new Barfly’s View. If you’re ever in the Boston area and you’re looking for a beer-nerd hangout spot, the Publick House will not disappoint, which is why it sits atop my list of the best Boston beer bars. […]

  8. […] The Gaff has 20 or more beers on tap at any given time, many of which are local brews. And 30 or so bottled beers are also available. For these reasons and more, The Gaff makes my list of best Boston-area beer bars. […]

  9. Jimbo says:

    Check out Canary Square in Jamaica Plain. Great craft beer and great food

  10. […] Day drinkin’ at The Lower Depths in Boston’s Kenmore Square, which sits near the top of my best Boston beer bars list. […]

  11. […] The Lower Depth’s bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. And the bar frequently holds “beer socials” and other events with local brewers. For all of these reasons and more, The Lower Depths Tap Room sits near the top of my Best Boston Beer Bars list. […]

  12. […] Though Deep Ellum is located right in the college kid/hipsters zone, it’s not really a college hangout or hipster haven; it’s a little of both, I guess, but it’s also a great beer bar staffed with passionate and knowledge bartenders and waiters. It is without a doubt one of my 10 favorite beer bars in Boston. (Check out my full list of the Best Boston Beer Bars.) […]

  13. […] I’m a bit spoiled when it comes to beer bars, because I live in Boston, a city with a thriving craft beer scene. Boston is packed with great beer bars. (Check out my list of the best Boston beer bars here.) […]

  14. AnotherBeerGeek says:

    You forgot Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge and The Brendan Behan Pub in JP. Redbones in Davis Square used to be decent but they’ve really scaled back on the quality of the brews they have on tap in the last few years… a shame.

  15. Juntaclause says:

    I’ll second Atwood and add Picco in the south end. Rotating tapa year round compliment good pizza and ice cream. Check it out

  16. […] many great local breweries. So many awesome beer bars. And so many people embracing the […]

  17. […] Bukowski Boston, but that’s largely because it has sentimental value to me. Both bars make my list of Boston’s best beer bars, and you should definitely make a stop at each if you’re ever in Boston’s Back Bay or […]

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