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Esquire's Best Bars in America includes pair of Boston bars

A pair of Boston drinking establishments — J.J. Foley's Bar & Grille and The Hawthorne - landed on Esquire's annual list of the Best Bars in America.

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A pair of Boston drinking establishments are some of the best in America, according to one magazine.

J.J. Foley's Bar & Grille and The Hawthorne were named to Esquire's annual Best Bars in America list.

Foley's, located near Downtown Crossing, has survived the ongoing transformation of Downtown Crossing and the eradication of the nearby Combat Zone, the magazine said, adding that visitors should have a Guinness.


"Thank God there's Foley's, a survivor from the bad old days. Not that it's bad, or even all that tough. The bartenders are actually friendly and the regulars tolerant. Plus the pints are well poured, the food decent (get the steak tips), and the space big enough to remain uncrowded even when busy. And best of all, it has no media strategy, marketing plan, or corporate mixologist. In today's Boston, that's a miracle," Esquire said.

The magazine's description of The Hawthorne, located near Kenmore Square, is much more simple.

"Dark, cool, and elegant. Impeccable cocktails," Esquire said, adding that those who belly up to the bar should imbibe in A Dutch Oven cocktail.

The list was compiled by cocktail historianDavid Wondrich.

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