Boston is a great town for cocktail fans, but what about hounds who just want a great selection of whiskey? Since we’ve already mapped out a craft cocktail crawl, it’s only appropriate to map out the best places for whiskey-lovers, too.
In Boston proper, Citizen Public House has an extensive whiskey selection, with dozens of American and bourbon whiskeys and a long list of Scotch whisky, too. Down the street, Sweet Cheeks also has a large whiskey menu to complement its “terrific food,” Jolyon Helterman says.
North of the river, ChinaCat recommends Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square for its selection of bourbon, single-malt Scotch, and Irish whiskey, though Gabatta thinks that the bartending is inconsistent at best. Instead, Gabatta likes the Saloon in Davis Square, in the basement of Foundry on Elm. “Their selection of bourbon is particularly wide,” Gabatta says. “While they don’t offer as many Scotch choices, their small selection has some outstanding options.”
Five Horses Tavern, also in Davis Square, has a good selection of whiskey (particularly bourbon). “The atmosphere is busy (too many TVs) and I can’t vouch for the food,” says huuvola, who also suggests The Independent in Union Square for its good whiskey selection.
Many of these bars have menus online, so whiskey-lovers can look for their favorites. And if you’re a whiskey novice, be sure to check out this whiskey primer to learn the differences between Irish, Scotch, and American versions.
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar [Fenway]
1310 Boylston Street, Boston
Sweet Cheeks Q [Fenway]
1381 Boylston Street, Boston
Russell House Tavern [Harvard Square]
14 JFK Street, Cambridge
255 Elm Street, Somerville
Five Horses Tavern [Somerville]
400 Highland Avenue, Somerville
The Independent [Somerville]
75 Union Square, Somerville