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A Gentlemen’s Guide to Boston’s Best Whisky Bars

“Guys who drink beer are the basic bitches of the guy world. They’re boring and bland… If a man makes whiskey his drink of choice, you know he’s got his head on straight.” – Elite Daily

We agree, so we put together a list of Boston’s top Whisky Bars.

1. The Last Hurrah

Cheers to Ryan Hillman

Three cheers for Ryan Hillman

Address: 60 School St, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 305-1888
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More than just an inviting, prize-winning pub in a great location, The Last Hurrah is also a mini-museum of 20th century Boston; framed photos of James Michael Curley and friends and images of congressman, senators and other politicians associated with Boston and the Parker House, adorn the walls. Serving as Boston’s most famous political bar and pub, The Last Hurrah offers classic cordials, contemporary cocktails, and an impressive collection of Bostonian whiskey. Named by Whiskey Magazine as a “Great Whiskey Bar of the World.”

2. Saloon

Big ups to the dapper Michael Maguire

Big ups to the dapper Michael Maguire

Address: 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Phone: (617) 628-4444
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– In the heart of Davis Square
– Focused on strong, uncomplicated drinks
– Great dark drinks, including an impressive whiskey selection

3. Drink

Image Credit to the talented: Brian Samuels

Image Credit to the talented: Brian Samuels

Address: 348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02228
Phone: (617) 695-1806
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A bar entirely dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, Drink blends time-honored techniques and the classic cocktails of the prohibition era with modern innovation and the very best artisanal ingredients. The space is cool too; the interior of Drink, designed by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, reflects the rough ­elegant industrial feel of the Fort Point neighborhood and preserves the fantastic history of this building, once a wool warehouse. Inspired by the importance of community, Drink’s bar weaves throughout the room, creating six corners for guests to comfortably gather, enjoy drinks, and watch bar staff chip ice from a crystal clear, 50 pound block, muddle herbs, and serve up some great tasting cocktails.

4. Hops N Scotch

Brookline Location

Brookline Location

Cambridge Location

Cambridge Location

Brookline:1306 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
Cambridge: 1248 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139

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Hops N Scotch focuses on craft beer, whiskey and southern-styled food. It’s a two-story establishment decorated fittingly in shades of caramel, peat, and deep brown, as if one is spending the evening in a comfortable barrel of whiskey. Tow says the beverage program offers 40 beers on tap, 40 more in bottles, and 120 kinds of Scotch and bourbon.

5. The Tip Tap Room

Cheers to those who live life right like Todd Mazer and Kimberly & Jessica

Cheers to those who live life right like Todd Mazer and Kimberly & Jessica

Address: 138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (857) 350-3344
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Famous for their beer, but great whiskey too. Acclaimed chef and restaurant industry veteran, Brian Poe (Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake), opened The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill in June of 2012. True to its name, The Tip Tap Room dishes out a variety of inventive “tips” accompanied by an immense selection of beers on “tap” in an upscale pub setting.

6. Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks

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Address: 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 532-9100
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– Great food and atmosphere in addition to a great selection of whiskeys
– We’re fans of the Toronto

7. City Bar

Cheers to the most adventurous couple we know

Cheers to the most adventurous couple we know

Address: 61 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02199
Phone: (617) 536-5300
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– A casual chic cocktail bar with locations in Boston’s historic Back Bay and vibrant Waterfront
– wide variety of expert infusions, unique martinis and classic cocktails

8. Rowes Wharf Bar

Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 439-7000
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Complete with rich mahogany walls and sultry lighting, Rowes Wharf Bar offers the clubby ambiance of a scotch and cocktail bar with a focus on grace and comfort. Home to the city’s most extensive selection of fine scotches, the bar’s new beverage menu focuses on the art of dynamic cocktail creation using fruits, herbs and spices. Highlighted by rare single malts and cognacs, the bar’s classic and contemporary cocktails will all be created a la minute without the use of any premade mixers or ingredients.

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