Ah, the lost art of the cocktail. There was once a time when one could order a Gibson without
fear of the bartender butchering the recipe, or bruising the vermouth. Fortunately, there are
still watering holes about town where the art of mixology is alive and well. These five spots are
bastions of hope and refinement in a sea of watery drinks and shots of bad tequila. –By Adam Centamore

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The Last Hurrah

at The Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street
Boston MA 02108
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Opulent leather seating and rich wood accents provide the classiest of environments in which to imbibe one of their many top-notch martinis. Should the gentleman or lady prefer something with a little more kick, The Last Hurrah features one of the best single-malt scotch menus in the city. Feeling a bit peckish? The adjacent Parker’s Restaurant is the original home to the Boston Creme Pie. Try to sit at table forty, where JFK proposed to Jackie-O.

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No. 9 Park

9 Park Street
Boston MA 02108

Attention to detail is the mantra at No. 9 Park, and the bar is no exception. Clean, crisp lines define the classy environment. A smallish dining room creates just the right amount of anticipation for those sipping an aperitif, waiting to dine. At the bar, mixologist Brendan Mercure is a maestro of old-school cocktails, always at the ready to make the perfect Sazerac or French 75. With a splash of wit and wisdom, of course.

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69 Bromfield Street
Boston MA 02108
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Cozy and lit for intimate conversation, Silvertone offers a dapper selection of reliable cocktails, spirits, and beers. Order up a Sidecar, a drink to match the swank retro appointments. A favorite is the house-made vodka infused with raspberry. Mixed with soda and a twist of lime, a delectable way to get to know someone better. Vodka not your scene? Silvertone features a great wine-by-the-glass list starting at $6.

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Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

560 Harrison Avenue
Boston MA 02228
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If the Parisian zinc bar, mosaic tiles, and antique mirrors don’t pique your fancy, the well- appointed aperitif menu will. Lose yourself in the captivating soft purple hue of the Fleur de Lis, a house specialty. If derring-do is the watchword, try the refreshing Pierrot. Yearning for wine country? Sip a glass of Burgundian Chardonnay or any other vin de France from their comprehensive by-the-glass wine list, and dream of golden sunsets in the Cote d’Or.

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348 Congress Street
Boston MA 02110
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Fortunately, there are no secret passwords needed to gain entrance to the best speakeasy in South Boston. Barbara Lynch’s latest hot spot rewards all thirsty travelers who enter. Classic cocktails are precisely sculpted by qualified mixologists. In the mood for an old stand-by? One’s constitution is easy refreshed by Drink’s perfectly-made Old Fashioned or Sloe Gin Fizz. For the adventurous, cast aside the drink menu with reckless abandon. Ask the bartender to create a concoction for you. You shant be disappointed.

Adam Centamore is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Gastronomy at Boston University, and a
cheesemonger in Cambridge. He has completed the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Studies program, and
is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and American Cheese Society. Adam enjoys eating,
drinking, and talking about it.


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