Mixing It Up

Sixteen places that make an art of the cocktail

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any bars can mix the standards. But when you really want to turn your night out into something special, try one that makes its cocktails an art. Seriously. We’ll show you where to find drinks named for the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Or a Steinbeck novel. Looking for something more sporty? How about an Asian-inspired cocktail with a sake base, inspired by a Japanese player for the Red Sox? Or exotic drinks like a whisky smash, a Pegu, and a Bee’s knees—a mix of honey, gin, and lemon juice? Here are nine places where the drinks aren’t just an afterthought, but the whole point:

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This cozy café is so secret it’s marked with only a martini glass—which speaks volumes about the creative drinks inside.
 

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A cave-like bar whose very name is all about the cocktail
 

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A restaurant with cocktails named for works of art …
 

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Sake secrets from all over town
 

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A martini that tastes like your favorite dessert
 

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A cocktail that sounds trashy but tastes delicious
 

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A drink so good there’s a national holiday for it
 

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Southern-inspired cocktails at a barbecue joint
 

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Unique cocktails at a bar named for a TV sitcom
 

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Great cocktails to enjoy along with an entertaining clientele
 

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An elegant restaurant with singular cocktails
 

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Vintage cocktails inspired by Hollywood divas
 

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A retro basement bar and restaurant with killer cocktails
 

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Classy cocktails with no attitude at the oldest bar in Cambridge
 

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Craft cocktails you’ve only ever dreamed of
 

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Prefer to stay in? Here’s where to find ingredients and supplies to make your own exotic drinks.
 

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