Boston Brews: The Best Beer Bars in Beantown
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM | Josh Cohen
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Some say “beer ain’t drinkin’” and to that, Boston has several responses. Home to the iconic fictionalized bar Cheers, this city has carries the New England shaped torch for beer selection and atmospheric excellence.

While sipping on wine is a platitudinous pastime, and choosing cheap beers just to fast track it to party mode can turn dull real fast, there are hundreds of styles of beers that turn your bar stool into the front row seat of an action thriller starring your taste buds. In Boston, having the best selection is what brings beer drinkers in from the chilling streets. Here’s a look at the best Bean Town watering hole options to try out.

Bukowski Tavern

50 Dalton Street. Boston, MA.

Named after the Poet Laureate of Skid Row and nationally recognized barfly, the Bukowski Tavern boasts multiple locations and a vast beer selection. 

For the beer enthusiast, their menu divides up their beers into categories with bits of description to help drinkers figure out what their tastes are.

In the spirit of their namesake, Bukowski Tavern hosts a yearly writing contest that offer serious cash prizes.






The Publick House

1648 Beacon Street. Brookline, MA

This well-known establishment is best for those interested in Belgian-style brews to go along with dinner.

Publick House offers high alcohol percentage drinks and a mouth watering traditional menu that’s great for kicking off the night. Try Publick House earlier in the week to avoid a crowded atmosphere.



Sunset Grill and Tap

130 Brighton Ave. Allston, MA

One of the most friendly, helpful places in Boston, “Allston’s Finest” was recently recognized for its beer selection in Boston Magazine’s "Best of Boston" 2011.

Along with their enthusiastic atmosphere, Sunset carries 112 drafts and 380 total beers for you to peruse. Don’t try them all in one night, but definitely shoot for a few.


Deep Ellum

411 Cambridge Street, Allston MA.

Named after an arts village in Texas, this bar and grill hopes to inspire the creativity in its guests.

They offer a wide, yet not overwhelming beer and cocktail selection and atmosphere best fit for Boston hipsters.

Bring you pals out this spring and enjoy their outdoor seating.





John Harvard’s

33 Dunster Street. Cambridge, MA

You can’t forget that Boston is home a few fantastic breweries, and John Harvard will always be on the short list. All beer is brewed on premises for guests to get to know their city a little better. Their beers routinely win festival recognition and cover a wide range of tastes.

Tags: The Hot Spot, Boston, Publick House, We Own The Night, Bukowski, Deep Ellum, John Harvard, Sunset Bar and Tap