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Boston's Best Mixologist Bars

Craft cocktails have grown in popularity in Boston over the past couple of years. In this traditional beer-lover's city, mixology has gained ground and has made high-end bars a fun choice for young professionals. Mixology focuses on combinations of flavors, high quality ingredients, and classic spirits to create unique cocktails. These bars are great for adventurous drinkers and people who are ready to graduate from old standards.

Tropical drinks on a table in a bar, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
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348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806

Drink is well known as Boston's top mixologist bar. The bar focuses on the experience of taste and living in the moment by removing distractions like TVs and mirrors that are common in many other bars. There is no menu at Drink. Instead, patrons tell their bartenders what tastes they like, and the bartenders will tailor-make a drink just for them. Now that is what mixology is all about!

Tavern Road
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Tavern Road
343 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808

Another great place to grab a cocktail in Fort Point is at Tavern Road. Unlike Drink, Tavern Road has a cocktail menu, but it is creative and totally unique. Plus, the mixologists on staff are happy to invent something for you if the menu items aren't exactly what you would like. Tavern Road also boasts a great beer list featuring some local, organic choices and craft beer-lover's favorites from around New England.

Ward 8
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Ward 8
90 N. Washington St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 823 - 4478

Ward 8 is a short walk from North Station or the North End and is well worth the trip. The large rectangular bar is large, inviting, and encourages dialogue with your bartenders so that you can discover the perfect drink. Their menu emphasizes vintage-style, prohibition era cocktails with a modern twist. The menu is organized by spirit, so whether you are a gin lover, a whiskey fan or a vodka loyalist, you can easily find a great beverage to satisfy your tastes. Both the cocktail menu and the draght beer offerings rotate seasonally, so visit often!

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Highball Lounge
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High Ball Lounge
90 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-0202

As hinted at by its name, High Ball Lounge is a go-to spot in downtown Boston for cocktails of all types. The venue has been recognized as one of the best mixology bars in the city by the Improper Bostonian, Zagat, Urban Daddy, and Boston Metro. Because of its great drinks and convenient location on Tremont Street, High Ball lounge is a great spot to hit after work or to host an event.

Brick & Mortar
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Brick & Mortar
567 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-0016

Brick & Mortar is a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar in Central Square, Cambridge. An quick ride on the MBTA's red line will get you basically to the front door of the bar, which is, of course, hidden. Once you've found the place, you'll never forget it. Amazing drinks, great music, and classic brick and wood decor make Brick & Mortar a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Keeping with its secretive vibe, Brick & Mortar doesn't have a website, but customers can keep up to date with new cocktails and other restaurant news by following them on twitter, and of course, stopping in the venue in person.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on

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