Enjoying a beer at the end of the day, a cocktail before dinner, or a few drinks with friends—all are great reasons for visiting a bar. From the classic Boston pubs to laid-back college bars, Massachusetts’ vibrant bar scene will not disappoint. Check out these 9 best Massachusetts bars. You can even visit one where everyone knows your name.
Based on the bar “where everyone knows your name,” Cheers can’t boast that, and they can’t claim that Sam Malone—played by Ted Danson—is their head bartender either. That said, they do play up their role as the bar they’re based on, and they feature some decent pub food, beer, and cocktails.
Serving up lots of local brews, The People’s Pint even sources local farmers as much as they can for their pub grub. The food is quite good and the pints aren’t expensive—averaging about $5 for most.
Located right on Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, The Beachcomber is a Cape Cod icon, and is well known throughout Massachusetts, too. Their Comber Libre is their signature drink. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until Memorial Day to visit this bar, and you’ll have to get your fill by Labor Day.
Located just steps from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the Miracle of Science Bar & Grill is home to a friendly bunch of regulars who are always happy to welcome newcomers to their bar. In addition to countless beers on tap, the menu is displayed like a periodic table. When you’re in Cambridge, you even half to drink like a smart person!
Featuring a “carefully curated” draft beer list and decent pub fare, The Publick House Beer Bar and Kitchen has survived the craft beer age and continues to bring in locals and newbies. A former “Best of Boston” winner, there’s something for everyone here.
In addition to beer, cocktails and typical pub fare, The Claddagh Pub features darts and billiards, too. Check their schedule or ask the bartender about their next music night and enjoy some genuine Massachusetts talent.
In addition to an exceptional collection of craft beers, Armsby Abbey even features a variety of locally made cheeses that pair nicely with the beer and cocktails. The “grazing menu” is impressive, too.
A traditional Irish pub, Paddy Kelly’s is known for its excellent food and drinks. A dozen wide screen TVs make it the perfect place to catch a game, too.
Featuring craft beers and lots of farm to table food, the Brick House Pub is both trendy and tasty. Check their website for a live music schedule.
Whether you want a craft beer, a Bud on tap, or a signature cocktail, you don’t have to drive far in Massachusetts to find the perfect spot. All of these bars feature some tempting eats as well.