All work and no play? That’s not how the best work gets done. To truly do great things, you need to get to know your co-workers — and what better way to do so than to go out for drinks together after work now and then?
Fortunately, whether you’re looking for a cocktail bar to welcome a new colleague on board or a good old-fashioned Irish pub for your team to unwind after a successful project, Boston has it all. Here are our top most unique bars for after-work drinks in Beantown.
The Ghost Walks
Located at 57 Stuart St. in Boston’s Theatre District, you’ll find The Ghost Walks, a cocktail bar that serves creative world cuisine. Fun fact: The bar’s name, which is derived from the opening scene of Hamlet, is an old theater term that meant a play was a success. And this place has every ingredient for a successful evening out, with cocktails ranging from the Paparazzi to the Scandinavian Summer; yummy bites such as hamachi carpaccio and The Ghost Burger; and a Moët & Chandon vending machine — all set in a sleek setting of polished wood, leather and neon wall wart.
If you want to pair drinks with a bit of competition, then head over to A4CADE, located at 292 Mass Ave. in Cambridge. Play pin ball in a fun retro setting while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. And don’t forget about the cocktails, because with names like Worst. Drink. Ever. — made of vodka, St. Germain, cranberry, soda and citrus shrub — and There’s No Crying in Skeeball — made of tequila, lime, lejay, and spicy AF — you simply have to give them a try.
Award-winning Shōjō, located at 9A Tyler St. in Chinatown, offers an extensive Japanese spirit list and highly creative cocktails. Try the the Morning Star, made of mezcal, St. Germaine Pamplemouse rose and St. Germaine Foam or the N.W.A., made of Nikka coffer malt, bittermelon Campari and Barolo Chinato. And if you get hungry, Shōjō offers small, sharable plates that allow you to try out fusion food like Wu-Tang Tiger Style Ribs and Far East Baja Style Fish Tacos. (image via Facebook)
ArtScience Culture Lab & Café
Robots are here to stay, and if you want to see one in action, head over to ArtScience Culture Lab & Café, where a server robot called Gita is dedicated to making your visit super special. Another interesting feature is the cocktail list, where all drinks are inspired by endangered species and their habitats. With a chill yet elegant vibe, Artscience Culture Lab and Café, located at 650 E Kendall Street in Cambridge, is a venue you don’t want to miss.
If you’re in the mood for gin-based cocktails, then Cultivar, located at Ames Building, Court St. in Downtown Crossing, won’t disappoint. This super-elegant restaurant/bar is the brainchild of celebrity chef Mary Dumont, and bar director Dan Lynch has designed a gin cocktail list that highlights the botanical flavors of the spirit with local ingredients. Don’t forget to try some of Cultivar’s classics, like a Lady Geneva, or even go large with a Farmer’s Sangria that serves two to four people. (image via Facebook)
Where else will you find a vintage silver Airstream trailer sitting on top of a building than in the middle of Southie? That’s right: After the success of their two indoor food trucks, Coppersmith, located at 40 W. 3rd St. in South Boston. decided to open a roof deck where you can order craft beer and house cocktails right from their Airstream. And the best part? No, it’s not the drinks or even the delicious food from the restaurant downstairs: It’s the view of the city. All in all, Coppersmith offers a fun experience that’s especially great if you’re with a larger group.
If you and your colleagues are in the mood for an Irish pub, then Brendan Behan won’t disappoint. Named after the Irish author, this cozy pub, located at 378 Centre St. in Jamaica Plan has been named “Best Irish Bar in Boston” four times by Boston Magazine. There’s an extensive beverage menu with draft beer including stouts, ales and lager, as well as cider and “fun things.”
For a quiet, laid-back wine bar experience, go to haley.henry, a small venue located in Downtown Crossing at 45 Province St. In addition to an exciting selection of natural and small production wines from around the world, haley.henry serves charcuterie, crudo, ceviche, cheese and interestingly, tinned fish. (image via Facebook)
Trina’s Starlight Lounge
If you want a fun retro vibe, head over to Trina’s Starlight Lounge at 3 Beacon St. in Somerville (on Inman Square). Since its inception in 2009, it’s been named Best Hipster Bar by Boston Magazine and Best Industry Hangout by the Improper Bostonian. They serve wine, a good selection of beers, including ones from micro and local breweries, and an interesting list of cocktails such as the maiguy and fallen angel — all in a vintage setting.
When you’ve found a fun bar – among these spots or , just keep in mind that you’re still with your colleagues. So always continue to behave professionally, and avoid drinking too much. That way, you can be confident that your after-work get-togethers will only strengthen your bond with your team.
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