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The best places for whiskey in Boston

Whiskey, bourbon, scotch — whatever your preference, here are the best places to drink whiskey in Boston

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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |

Whether you’re a serious aficionado or merely curious, these are the best places to drink the brown stuff around The Hub. And if you don’t know the difference between whiskey, bourbon and scotch, the knowledgable staff at these hangouts will be happy to explain. For a guaranteed whiskey-friendly atmosphere, you can always check out one of the best Irish pubs in Boston. If you prefer drinking your whiskey in a fanciful form, check out the best cocktail bars in Boston. And if you’re looking to pair your whiskey consumption with some suitable eats, chow down at one of the best steakhouses or burger spots in Boston.

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Best places for whiskey in Boston

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Bars, Boston
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Bars, Gastropubs

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar


This modern neighborhood tavern behind Fenway has fresh beer on tap, craft cocktails, notable wine selections, and elevated pub fare. The highlight, however is the list of more than 250 whiskeys (including single barrels crafted specifically for Citizen). The curated collection is always changing, with top-of-the-line and rare selections popping up frequently. Join the whiskey club to keep track of the whiskeys you try with a stamp card. Keep an eye out for special events like Irish Whiskey Awareness Month, with tastings, classes, giveaways, and more.

Boston Harbor Hotel
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Rowes Wharf Bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel


Located inside the luxurious waterside Boston Harbor Hotel, the Rowes Wharf Bar is opulent, reminiscent of a private club. The plush surroundings are the perfect setting for a fine scotch, and the list here is the city's most extensive, including rare single malts. Sip, savor, and pair with savory bar bites created by the hotel's head chef.

The Smoke Shop
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Restaurants, Barbecue

The Smoke Shop

Kendall Sq

Chef Andy Husbands is a world champion pitmaster, and he knows that grilled meats and whiskeys aged in charred oak barrels are a perfect pair. The whiskey list, organized by region, includes more than 230 whiskeys and bourbons, from moonshine to classics to limited edition selections. Pair your barbecue with a flight (American classics, New England whiskeys, or featured distillery selections) for smoky, Southern flavor.

Worden Hall
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Worden Hall

South Boston

Named after a 19th Century Saratoga Springs guest house, this South Boston modern American restaurant reflects that town’s horse racing culture. Fittingly, Worden Hall has an impressive list of more than 100 whiskeys. The list features bourbon, rye, scotch, Canadian whiskey, Irish whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, specialty whiskey, and even a selection of moonshine.

Omni Parker House
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The Last Hurrah at Omni Parker House


Established in 1855 as the Parker House, this is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the country. The Last Hurrah bar was a literary hangout for the likes of Longfellow, Hawthorne and Emerson. Sip a fine bourbon or whiskey from the extensive list as you enjoy the historic, museum-like surroundings.

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Restaurants, American


Back Bay

Whiskey’s is a Boylston Street hub for eating, drinking, and socializing. Alongside a menu of bar fare like buffalo wings and hefty burgers, Whiskey's has a substantial list of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. The Whiskey Smash is a tasty option as well.

Fried beignets at Buttermilk and Bourbon
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Restaurants, Southern/Soul

Buttermilk & Bourbon

Back Bay

Enjoy Southern hospitality alongside Southern-style favorites like fried chicken, boudin, pork belly cracklins, and house-made biscuits at this Back Bay spot. What goes well with these Southern classics? Bourbon. Choose from an extensive list of bourbons (Bookers, Cask Strength, and Old Forester 1920) or well-crafted bourbon cocktails (from the classic Vieux Carre to new concoctions like the Garden District, featuring Old Forester, strawberry-honey, lemon, and ginger beer).

Drink, Bars, Boston
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Bars, Cocktail bars


Seaport District

This bar been firmly planted at the top of local and national cocktail-enthusiasts must-see lists for the personal approach to mixology. Name your spirit and flavor preferences and you'll be presented with the perfect cocktail. For whiskey lovers, youre sure to find a cocktail to enhance your favorite, whether bourbon, whiskey, or scotch.

Eastern Standard, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Eastern Standard


The bar program at this Kenmore Square fixture has been top notch right from the start. High quality ingredients and highly-skilled mixologists set the bar for cocktails in the city. One of the original and most popular cocktails was the Whiskey Smash, and you can find equally impressive whiskey concoctions on the current menu.

GrandTen Distilling
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Bars, Cocktail bars

GrandTen Distilling

South Boston

The flagship spirit at this Southie distillery is gin, but in honor of the neighborhood’s Irish heritage, GrandTen partnered with an Irish distiller to offer South Boston Irish Whiskey. As with all their spirits, the on-site bar offers cocktails crafted with the whiskey, including a classic Whiskey Smash and an Irish Old Fashioned.