Forget beer and wings. These lounges offer sophisticated cocktails for the modern man.
Drink specializes in classic cocktails, like the aptly named old fashioned.
The Capital Grille
After searching wineries around the globe, Capital Grille master sommelier George Miliotes brings the Honig Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa to Boston. Infused with the tart taste of blackberries, cherries, and plums, the wine is a popular choice among men for after-work drinks, says managing partner Christopher Scott. It’s best sipped alongside the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico steak. 900 Boylston St., 617-262-8900
Celebrate your winnings at Mohegan Sun with a freshly cut cigar and the finest selection of spirits the resort has to offer. Resident cigar aficionado Paul Thomas has stocked the lounge with 150 different rolls of tobacco. Savor the earthy, woodsy, well-balanced taste of a Davidoff Dominican-blend cigar, which pairs perfectly with Chivas Regal 18-year-old Scotch whisky. 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT, 888-226-7711
With its sleek mahogany bar top and panoramic views of Boston Harbor, this Liberty Wharf hot spot offers a relaxing atmosphere and a mean Manhattan cocktail. Mixed with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth, and bitters, then topped with a maraschino cherry, Del Frisco’s version of the classic is the perfect accompaniment to the steakhouse’s famous filet mignon. 250 Northern Ave., 617-951-1368
Don’t be deterred by its trendy Fort Point neighborhood. The mixologists at Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s Drink can make traditional cocktails with the best of Boston’s bartenders. The old fashioned is a popular concoction among men looking to unwind at this expansive bar in an industrial-chic subterranean space. 348 Congress St., 617-695-1806
The Bangkok Block—a potent spin on the Manhattan—is spiked with bourbon and vermouth and blended with Thai-spiced brown sugar syrup. General manager Seth Yaffe based the drink on the exotic taste of massaman curry and finds his male customers at the South End saloon gravitating toward its tangy, multilayered flavor. 1395 Washington St., 617-425-0200
Grill 23 & Bar
With its Corinthian columns, crisp table linens, and white-jacketed waitstaff, the setting at Grill 23 & Bar has old-world appeal while offering a cocktail menu that caters to the modern man. Shaken with Grey Goose vodka, house-made vermouth, and a splash of Sriracha, the Hot and Dirty is a zesty yet refreshing drink that provides a swift kick when you reach the habañero-stuffed olive at the bottom of your glass. 161 Berkeley St., 617-542-2255
Smith & Wollensky
The Double Down, a thirst quencher that combines the citrusy taste of Cointreau Noir liqueur with the bittersweet essence of Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, is a guy’s go-to drink at this Atlantic Wharf institution. While the menu has an array of craft cocktails, beverage director Timothy Speziale says male customers generally stick to classics like the Double Down, best enjoyed on a crisp fall night while catching a football game on the flat-screen TVs outside. 294 Congress St., 617-778-2200
Wink & Nod
Designed with Prohibition in mind, this glitzy South End speakeasy has swinging chandeliers and a selection of Scotch that would make F. Scott Fitzgerald blush. Make like Jay Gatsby and sip the Halle—a Caribbean-flavored libation with Scapa Scotch, lemon juice, sweet and dry vermouths, and Falernum. 3 Appleton St., 617-482-0117