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Drinking is easy. Finding the right bar, not so easy. We’re here to help. As a public service to all of you thirsty explorers, every week we highlight the best bars in America and tell you what makes them so damn great. This week we’ve got a Boston cocktail bar that’s missing one major element: a menu.

NAME: Drink
LOCATION: Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood
EST: 2008
MUSIC: The Kinks, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective

WHAT TO ORDER (NEWBIES): Old Fashioned made with base spirit of your choice
WHAT TO ORDER (REGULARS): Flaming bowl of Chartreuse-Champagne punch

BRIAN SAMUELS

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WHY WE LOVE IT: To appreciate Drink you first have to know what it lacks: distractions. “We don’t have TVs, a cocktail menu or a back bar,” Ezra Star, head bartender and general manager, says. “Nothing gets between our bartenders and our guests.”

The minimalist space from restaurateur Barbara Lynch has a long oak bar that snakes its way across the room, forming three distinct bars with plenty of sitting room for one-on-ones with the bartenders. “We talk to people about what they’re interested in drinking and then we build a cocktail around that,” Star says. She usually likes to start everyone with an Old Fashioned made with the base spirit of his or her choice. “I approach it like a cocktail tasting menu. You start simple, focusing on the classics, and then go from there.”

Spirit bottles are kept out of sight underneath the bar, so the only craft on display is the dance of the bartenders, juicing, stirring, chipping away at large blocks of ice and occasionally lighting things on fire. Drink’s curious approach to cocktails draws a diverse crowd of artists, tech guys and students, who are all willing to wait in a long line to get into the subterranean hang. “We disguise ourselves as a cocktail bar, but really it’s like a big house party,” Star says. “Everyone has a good time.”


Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep


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