EST. | 2011

Temporarily closed until further notice due to covid-19. Our cozy cocktail bar prevents us from being able to keep both staff and patrons safe. Consider supporting us through to-go cocktails or private parties!


from our blog

backbar news
backbar POPPING UP at 519 on Broadway THURSDAY 10/8

September 29th, 2020

Click here to book your reservation to get delicious backbar cocktails on the beautiful roof top patio at the new 519 on Broadway condos

To go cocktails!

July 23rd, 2020

We are so excited to offer you weekly to go cocktails and mixers. You can order them ahead of time using the button hovering on your screen Wed-Fri every week for pick up/delivery on Friday afternoons.

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!


Normal operations closed due to Covid-19

Please email sam@backbarunion if you're interested in hosting a private party! We are also selling to-go cocktails that you can order using the blue button hovering on your screen.

Email us!

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