Neat or on the Rocks: The Top 5 Scotch Bars in Boston

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Whether served neat or on the rocks, no spirit speaks business quite like scotch. Here, we explore the top 5 places in Boston to catch a sip of this classic revival.

1 Stanza Dei Sigari

A cigar bar by trade, Stanza serves as an old-boy outpost in the heart of the North End. With more than two dozen scotches on pour, from single malts to rare finds, the staff is sure to serve scotch your way—and with a smile from one of its beautiful waitstaff.

229 Hanover Street

North End

2 The Oak Bar

In addition to some of the finest single malts scotches in Boston, The Oak Bar boasts live, tasteful entertainment from Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Oak Bar was also voted the best martini bar in Boston in 2008 by the Improper Bostonian.

The Oak Room

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

Back Bay

3 City Bar

A hotel bar that feels like anything but—you'll find no cheesy come ons or pleather seating here—City Bar, within the Lenox Hotel, has served scotch to deserving Bostonians for years. Patrons will enjoy its dark, mysterious ambiance, with or without rocks on the side.

61 Exeter Street

Back Bay

4 No. 9 Park

Bartenders at No. 9 Park undergo extensive training before being allowed to touch so much as a rocks glass. Those who are new to Scotland's finest export or those who merely want an education should flock to No. 9 Park, where its attentive staff will fulfill their every whim, and then some.

9 Park Street

Beacon Hill

5 Good Life

Some people like scotch. Some people like sexy. And some people like both. The latter will appreciate Good Life, where scotch (and a multitude of other spirits) flow like ambrosia from the gods on any given night. Be warned that the spell of good looking people is almost as hypnotic as a finger of Glenlivet.

28 Kingston Street

Leather District

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