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Barrel House American Bar

Photo by Anthony Tieuli

When the Barrel House opened, it immediately set the standard for a proper cocktail on the North Shore. Everything from specialty ice to vintage glassware to a curated selection of both global and local spirits make each drink an experience worth savoring. The cocktail menu is organized by Tried and True classics, unique House Creations, bubbly Sparklers, and Barrel-Aged Cocktails and Spirits so choosing can be tough, but the knowledgeable and approachable bar staff is happy to help. An oversized bar ensures every seat is a front-row show so you’ll often end up being inspired to try what your neighbor is sipping. (Tip: Splurge on the ice ball for any on-the-rocks drink.)

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



The Black Cow

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54R Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-499-8811,