EST. | 2011

Open 5pm to 12

Tuesday through Sunday

we require proof of vaccination

(picture of card is okay)




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backbar in the top 25 bars in the world

August 24th, 2021

Time Out magazine made a list of the 28 coolest bars in the WORLD and backbar is on it!

read the article here

In person Cocktail Classes! 

August 18th, 2021

We are now doing in person cocktail classes the last Sunday of the month. 4pm to 5pm!

email sam for more info!

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!


Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 12am 

No Reservations, walk-in only, first come first serve

Phone 617-249-3522

Please email if you have any questions. 

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