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Editors’ Choice 

Barrel House American Bar, Beverly

Standout qualities: A drink for every palate, from barrel-aged cocktails to local beer to adult milkshakes.
What’s Unique: Barrel House blends and ages its own solera-style whiskey, and has one of the largest collections of that spirit north of Boston.
What’s new: Monthly cocktail classes in conjunction with Cocktail Kingdom, the largest supplier of barware in the U.S.

252 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-998-4627,


Readers’ Choice

Opus, Salem 

Insider tip: Most of the mixers, including the tonic for the gin and tonic, are crafted in-house.

87 Washington St., Salem, 978-744-9600,