Boston’s Best Bars With Local Liquors And Beer Brews

July 11, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Lower Depths)

Boston is blessed with a plethora of heavenly bars and local brews. Whether a local or a visitor to our fair city, these bars will sate your thirst for New England ales, lagers and more. Are spirits more your thing? Ask for vodka, rum, whiskey or bourbon made by one of a handful of local distilleries.


Common Ground Bar and Grill
85 Harvard Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-2071

Right in the thick of college student land is Common Ground Bar and Grill in Allston. Somerville’s own Slumbrew and other locally made beers are served on tap and in bottles. Make sure you drop those Rs when you order the “Vermonster,” “Allston Derby” or “The Harvard” cocktails. A fine selection of food is available to serve as a base for those Allston-Brighton pub crawls.



Boston Beer Works – Fenway
61 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-2337

Beer Works has six venues throughout New England, with two in Boston proper, offering a fantastic selection of beers and food. Located right across from Fenway Park, the Brookline Avenue Boston Beer Works is a great spot to enjoy its blueberry beer. Beer Works is a popular destination for dinner and before concerts at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. Tastings and brewery tours are available at all locations. To book a tour, call and ask for the manager on duty. Beer menus change monthly and can be viewed on the website by location.

(Photo Credit: Sunset Grill & Tap/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Sunset Grill & Tap/Facebook)

Sunset Grill & Tap
130 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-1331

Sunset Grill & Tap has over 100 taps and a selection of almost 400 microbrews and foreign beers. Folks travel from all over to partake in its extensive beer offerings. Sunset Grill & Tap even has its own free Beer Club. Patrons receive a card and earn points for each beer purchased. In addition to the envious beer menu, the food menu is just as fantastic. What goes better with a beer than a peanut butter and fluff sandwich? Down the street a bit from Sunset Grill & Tap is its sister venue, the Sunset Cantina, located at 916 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Here, the tequila takes precedence over the beers. The Sunset Cantina has almost 40 taps and hundreds of tequilas.

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Deep Ellum
477 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-2337

Deep Ellum is a relatively new establishment that opened in 2007. It quickly earned a devoted clientele fond of its delectable cocktails, scrumptious brunch and impressive beer menu. Foreign brews are available alongside New England-made ales, lagers and more. Libations from Jack’s Abby Brewing, Clown Shoes and Pretty Things may all be found at Deep Ellum. Looking for a taste of London? “The Tommy Noble” concoction of gin, Pimm’s, lemon and house-made bitters is perfection. For some locally made whiskey, ask for Bully Boy rum, vodka or whiskey. Bully Boy Distillers is a Boston-based company founded by brothers Will and Dave Willis.

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The Lower Depths Tap Room
467 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6662

The Lower Depths Tap Room is located on hallowed ground where the infamous Deli Haus once stood. In the heart of Kenmore Square, the Lower Depths is an ideal destination for beer lovers. Its draft and beer lists are constantly changing and may be perused on the website. Local beers pair nicely with the $1 hot dogs (real or vegetarian) and tater tots. Just like its predecessor Deli Haus, the Lower Depths is cash only.

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Amy Galante is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. By day, she works at a university library. By night, she is a freelance writer for, covering film, music, and geek culture.

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