EST. | 2011

7 Sanborn Ct, Union Square

Somerville, MA


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backbar wants to cure your boredom!

MARCH 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's day! Due to corona virus closure, we uploaded a cocktail demo video for a drink you can make at home. We will continue these videos throughout the closure! Here is the link to the first one, follow us on instagram to get future links.

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!

backbar in the media!

MARCH 7, 2018

Hello everyone! We have had some lovely folks write some kind words about us over the course of the last few months. We decided to share the links with all of our lovely regulars! Click the blog post title or [more…] to visit the hyperlinks! Cheers so much, and see you all at the bar soon!

Boston Magazine – Top Bars in Boston

ROL Cruise – Hidden Gems in Boston

Edible Boston – Hidden Restaurants…Shhhh!


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

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