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Editors’ Choice

The Bancroft, Burlington

Standout Qualities: High style and plenty of elbow room in the large bar area, subtly placed TVs, and a carefully curated array of wines and beers alongside craft cocktails.

Fun Fact: Two Bancroft mixologists are regional finalists in the 2017 United States Bartenders’ Guild Most Imaginative Bartender competition. 

Insider tip: Try their seasonally driven cocktails, amped up with house-made bitters and tinctures, and artisanal spirits.

15 Third Ave., Burlington, 781-221-2100,


Readers’ Choice

Opus, Salem

What’s unique: Live events three nights a week means after-work drinks can turn into an all-night party.

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