Where to Go for After-Work Drinks in Boston

Whether it’s a simple brew or a craft cocktail, there’s no denying that, after a long day of meetings, after-work drinks in Boston are on your agenda. From the quintessential to the unexpected, these five Beacon Hill bars are sure to deliver.

For Gallic-style cocktails: Ma Maison

Step out of Beacon Hill and into Paris at Ma Maison. Chef Jacky Robert serves up classic French dishes in the sophisticated space, but the real star of the show are the cocktails. Try a Cosmo Ma Maison (vodka, Cointreau, orange, fresh lime, and cranberry) or a Couleur Coco (Malibu, Cointreau, pineapple, and coconut milk). Or opt for an extensive selection of cheese-and-wine pairings.

For a serving of nostalgia: Cheers

Want to go where everybody knows your name? You don’t have to go further than Beacon Hill. Tourists go to Cheers for the iconic facade, known around the world as the setting of the TV show “Cheers” (1982-1993). Originally the Bull & Finch, the bar was discovered by “Cheers” producers and declared the perfect representation of an American bar.

For a friendly neighborhood pub: The Sevens Ale House

Since 1933, The Sevens Ale House has been serving beer and bar bites in Beacon Hill. If you’re looking to experience the friendliest neighborhood pub — without the tourists — head here for darts, a jukebox, and more than 60 beers. Don’t sleep on the food, either. The chicken sandwich with bacon is the best after-work snack.

For a classic Boston dive bar: Beacon Hill Pub

With a character and charm that has gone relatively unchanged for 30 years, Beacon Hill Pub is one of only a handful of go-to dive bars in Boston. Well-heeled Beacon Hill locals go for the arcade games, friendly service, and, of course, beer.

For something unexpected: Peregrine

With its Colonial architecture and all-American pubs, Beacon Hill offers the quintessential Boston experience. But even though it blends in with the area’s cobbled streets and black-shuttered townhomes, Peregrine at The Whitney Hotel offers something unexpected: a Mediterranean menu focused on the cuisine and culture of Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, and Catalonia. Unwind after work with cocktails that will transport you to exotic locales — no passport required.