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1. The Mexican Monk

At City Bar, a dark leather and wood lounge, many of the 60-plus cocktail selections are sweetened with honey from local rooftop beehives, including the herbal Mexican Monk (tequila, Chartreuse, lemon and white pepper) and the appropriately named Queen Bee (Hendrick’s, mint green tea and lemon). When it’s time to nosh, there’s a late-night menu with oysters, chowder and a signature half-pound burger in addition to gluten-free and vegan options.

Shojo Boston suckling pig baoSuckling pig bao at Shojo

2. The Reiko Green

For South-Asian flair, head to Shojo, where bar manager Marcus Yao gives beachside tiki cocktails a modern revamp. Instead of the usual fake palm trees and cabana kitsch, the dangling light bulbs, exposed brick and a floor-to-ceiling Chinese wall painting provide the setting for a tea party, complete with metal teapots of Cold Tea for Two (oolong-tea-infused vodka with peach pêche de vigne. Watch Reuben the bartender chisel baseball-size chunks of cucumber-infused ice for the Reiko Green (gin, green chartreuse, fresh lime juice). The suckling pig bao (served with kimchi and sliced jalapeno on a housemade rice flour bun) will help to soak up the spirits.

3. The Ruby Red Martini

The Ruby Room in the Onyx Hotel is where cocktail purists spend the day’s happiest hours at the black granite bar sipping tarragon gimlets and Ruby Red Martinis (red grapefruit juice, market-fresh muddled basil and Ruby Red vodka). The pulled pork sliders are the most popular menu item, probably because they are the perfect shareable snack.

Eastern Standard Kitchen and DrinksEastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks (Photo: Adam Krauth)

4. The habanero vodka Bloody Mary

Besides mimosas and Harvey Wallbangers, the brunch-time cocktail menu at Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks includes the best Bloody Mary in town, thanks to house-infused (mild) vegetable or (spicy) habanero vodka. Don’t overlook the vermouth section of the menu, though; in addition to six commercial varieties, bar manager Jackson Cannon makes two versions in-house from white wine, bitter herbs and spirits.

5. The Q Ginger Drop

The pan-Asian eatery Q Restaurant in Chinatown skirts the city’s “no-happy-hour” law by offering half-price appetizers when you buy a drink between 4 and 7 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to closing. Make a meal of the Sichuan-peppercorn-marinated beef tongue and crab Rangoon appetizers with a Q Ginger Drop (Three Olives citrus vodka, Domaine Canton ginger liqueur, lemon juice and ginger candy). To make it a full meal, go for the Kobe rib-eye Mongolian hotpot, where servers cook a smorgasbord of tender meats, noodles and vegetables at your table in a simmering beef or spicy mala broth.

6. The La Leche

Cocktails come in all shapes and sizes and mustn’t always include booze. Think wheat grass instead of vodka shots at Jugos Juice Bar Boston. Freshly pressed pear, pineapple, green apple, lime and mint help you detox after a few nights of indulgence. The creamy La Leche smoothie with cashew milk, vanilla, agave and cinnamon is less cleansing than kale, but it sure goes down smooth.

Mixology tools at Boston ShakerMixology tools at Boston Shaker

7. The Traveler Bar Bag

To recreate the best of Boston’s craft cocktail scene at home, shop the Boston Shaker. Troll the shelves for double jiggers, soda chargers and artisanal bitters – they have more than 50 kinds; maple or sarsaparilla, anyone? – not to mention hand-blown headhunter glass tiki mugs. There’s even a Traveler Bar Bag with space for bottles, shakers, strainers and glasses – perfect for globetrotters.



Getting There

Air Canada offers non-stop flights to Boston with up to 8 daily departures from Toronto and the only non-stop flights from Montreal and Halifax. Plus enjoy seamless, well-timed connections from Air Canada’s entire network and conveniently clear US customs and immigration while in Canada so that you can skip the line ups when you land in Boston.

Comments… or add another


Wednesday, October 8th 2014 14:46
Believe it or not, I do not choose a city to visit based on its cocktail offerings.
I really liked our visit to Boston and would go again particularly if you identified events or locations of interest.

Rosemarie Barker

Thursday, October 9th 2014 12:04
As a passenger who has flown this route many times with A/C, there are other passenger planes who provide better service and fewer hassles between Canadian cities and Boston.
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