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