EST. | 2011

7 Sanborn Ct, Union Square

Somerville, MA

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backbar news
To go cocktails!

July 23rd, 2020

We are so excited to offer you to go cocktails very soon. You can order to go cocktails as well as our mixers starting this coming Tuesday July 28th for pick up/delivery on Friday afternoons.

home bartenders' choice

May 5, 2020

During quarantine, we're selling customized non-alcoholic cocktail mixers. They are available for pick-up or delivery on Friday's. Orders must be placed before Thursday at noon, book using the button hovering on your screen.

daily cocktail videos from Sam!

APRIL 7, 2020

During the bar closure, backbar owner Sam Treadway is posting daily cocktail tutorials on fun drinks to make during quarantine. Check them out on instagram or his YouTube channel. If you like the videos, venmo @backbarunion to donate to the virtual tip jar! 

Boston Magazine rates backbar #1 bar in Boston

MARCH 5, 2020

Thank you Boston Magazine for this honor!

"Cocktail connoisseurs flock to this inconspicuous spot, hidden behind a nearly unmarked door, for co-owner Sam Treadway’s seriously artful libations—from whimsical twists on milk punch to drinks highlighting obscure spirits such as Greek mastiha."

backbar awarded a Recommendation badge by Restaurant Guru

AUGUST 5, 2019

thanks, Restaurant Guru, for the endorsement! backbar received the award from a surplus of positive visitor reviews!

thank you thrillist for the great review!

AUGUST 27, 2018

backbar is one of the top 21 cocktail bars in the country according to Thrillist!


Mon-Sun 4PM - 12:30AM

No Reservations

We operate on a first come, first served seating policy.

Please note that it may be exceedingly difficult to accommodate parties of seven or more during peak business hours.

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If you have questions, concerns, comments or inquiries about private events please email us at We’d love to hear from you!