Top 5 Beer Bars in Boston (2012)

For many years now, the Boston beer scene has been on its way up. While Harpoon and Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) hold down the fort in Boston, a number of small and large New England craft breweries have helped build a strong craft beer community centered in Boston. For beer lovers this is good news. Five years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find more than half a dozen bars that specialized in craft beer, now the list is too long to keep track of.

Luckily, voters narrowed it down for us. In 2012, 20 bars competed for the title of Boston's Best Beer Bar (that's a mouthful). Here are the Top 5:

5. Lizzy's

[Lizzy's, on Yelp]

This East Cambridge Bar offers a no-frills attitude and has been serving thirsty local patrons since opening in 2011. Annelise A. is one of many who is impressed by the "Great beer, Great food, Great people!" The beer menu is small, but well thought out and draws heavily on local New England craft breweries. Who said size matters?

Lizzy's; 635 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02141; (617) 491-9616

4. Bukowski's


With locations in Cambridge's Inman Square and Boston's Back Bay, Bukowski's is a perennial contender for the title of Boston's Best Beer Bar. When Mari K. wants a beer, she rolls down to "the BEER capital of the world." Joseph K. is a fan of the Boston location where "it's loud, it's crowded, and it's small[,] and it's freakin' fantastic." The Inman Square location is fitted with a beer wheel; Martha M. suggests getting "wild and have them spin you a choice of drink."

Bukowski's; 2 Locations

3. The Yard House

[The Yard House]

A new addition to the Fenway pre and post-game scene, The Yard House clocks in at #3 on the list. Featuring 180 taps of imported, craft and specialty beers, it's no wonder voters like Rose F. are "obsessed!" The menu has burgers, sandwich and appetizers to please everyone, but the main draw is really the "amazing beer selection" according to Christina B..

The Yard House; 126 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215; (617) 236-4083

2. The Publick House

[The Publick House]

The Publick House and adjacent Monk's Cell has been a powerhouse on the Boston Craft Beer scene for well over 10 years now. Located in Brookline's Washington Square neighborhood on the Green Line (C), The Publick House specializes in Belgian and North American craft beers. For The Publick House quality is the name of the game. Tap lines are kept pristine, beers are served in the correct glassware, and as Scott A. explains "the quality of beers even overshadows the quantity of different beers." Leigh L. gives special props to the knowledgable bartenders, who she describes as "booze mindreaders" for their ability to offer quality suggestions.

The Publick House; 1648 Beacon St Brookline, MA 02445; (617) 277-2880

1. Sunset Grill and Tap

[Sunset Grill and Tap]

The title for 2012's BEST Beer Bar goes to Sunset Grill and Tap. Located at the busy intersection of Brighton Ave and Harvard Ave in Allston Village, Sunset has been a favorite of working professionals and college students for many years. Featuring 112 taps and over 380 bottles, Eric K. refers to Sunset as a "beer mecca." Of course, with a list that size, customers risk getting lost in a sea of beers they "never knew existed" according to Daniel O. Voter Jason R. sings Sunset's praises "not just for their absurdly huge beer selection, but also for their killer food [and] great service."

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

Honorable Mention: Meadhall, Lord Hobo, Deep Ellum, Cambridge Common, Post 390, Foundry on Elm, Canary Square, The Lower Depths, Penguin Pizza and Atwood's Tavern.

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