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“Best Cocktail Bar in Boston”
Review of The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne
Ranked #150 of 3,558 Restaurants in Boston
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fenway / Kenmore
Description: Opened in 2011, The Hawthorne is Jackson Cannon's craft cocktail lounge located inside the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston's Kenmore Square. A logical extension of sister restaurant Eastern Standard's celebrated bar, The Hawthorne takes the finest elements of the craft cocktail movement and pairs them with a heightened focus on hospitality, comfort, and geniality.
Reviewed 28 July 2018

The Hawthorne is my absolute favorite cocktail bar in Boston. Try their whiskey sous (not with wretched sour mix, but really made with egg whites), or ask for some Fortaleza, neat (Hawthorne is maybe the only place I know of in the city that serves it). Honestly, just sit at the bar, trust your bartender, and go with what they recommend! I like to hit Hawthorne for a pre-dinner cocktail (and then pop over to Island Creek Oyster Bar), but the food at Hawthorne is pretty good, too. It's also a great spot for after dinner drinks, either with a group of friends, or 1:1 - it's lively, but not loud.

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Reviewed 25 July 2018

Stopped in here before dinner next door at Island Creek. Friends of ours are into rum and this was the place for them! The bartenders were really friendly and knowledgeable about the wide variety of rum they had. They even offered a sampling of one rare kind.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We picked the Hawthorne for after dinner drinks after reading an article about it being in the top ten new bars in the US a few years ago. It didn't disappoint. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with choosing our drinks. We had a table reservation but in reality there don't seem to be many tables - just a bar, long table, and a bunch of comfy chairs/couches here and there. This place was a lot of fun and it's great way to explore new drinks.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

A great place to go have fancy cocktails after a nice dinner. Just perfect for a romantic evening out! Nice seating, friendly servers, and stylish atmosphere.

Thank SihamL65
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We've only ever had cocktails here, but with a seasonally-changing cocktail menu, that's all anyone ever needs. Whether bellying up to the bar or lucking out on a sumptuous chair in a cozy corner, every experience at Hawthorne reveals expertise in style, service and flair. Their cocktails are crafted like works of art - each rendered with care, precision and dexterity of composition. Service is generally timely, and they are happy to concoct something special if you give them a few favored spirits with which to work. This is a favorite pre-dinner stop for us.

Thank Alan I
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