Taking Flight: Boston?s Best Drink Samplers

Can't settle on a single drink to order? At these Boston bars and restaurants, your sense of indecision can work in your favor--all offer specialty flight samplers, which typically contain three to five small glasses of various items from the beverage menu. So whether you're looking to survey a series of sakes, browse a bunch of beers or experience the wide world of wine, let your taste buds take flight!

(Photo: Craigie on Main by Tim Llewelyn)

Updated: February 17, 2010

Drink Flights in Boston

Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

COCKTAILS. Just like a typical food-based tasting menu, the cocktail flight at this brick-walled bistro in Cambridge moves from light to heavy. The semi-formal restaurant offers a quartet of 2-ounce cocktails for $20, which you can enjoy all by yourself or split with your dining companions. Don't try to predict what might end up in the glasses, though--your drink selections are completely up to the bartender's discretion.

Fugakyu Japanese Cuisine

1280 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

SAKE. From the bamboo booths to the sushi bar and stylish cocktail lounge, this super-sized Japanese restaurant in Brookline is all about fanfare, which extends to its sake flights. For $15, diners can sample a trio of seasonal sake selections. Flights might include the smooth Kurosawa Kimoto or milky-white Nigori (considered the sweetest of the sakes).

Sunset Grill

130 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

BEER. It's all about the brewskis here at this laid-back Allston bar and restaurant, which has 112 beers on tap and almost 400 more available by the bottle. Even the walls are covered in beer-related badges, plates and other paraphernalia. Around eight to 10 beer samplers are offered each week. The set costs $9.99 and contains four to five 3-ounce glasses, depending on the pours.


439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

TEQUILA. This chandelier-lit yet unpretentious restaurant in the South End offers a half-dozen tequila flights to compliment its menu of gourmet Southwestern cuisine. Flights, all which include 1.5-ounce pours of three tequilas, begin at $18. The Atotonilco Blancos features Patron Silver, Leguas Blanco and Don Julio Blanco, while true tequila connoisseurs won't want to miss the Reserva Extra A?ejo flight for $65.


1 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

WINE. Though Finale is best known for its decadent desserts, around eight different wine flights are also available at its three locations (Cambridge, Coolidge Corner and Boston Park Plaza). Options range from flights of ports to sparkling wines and sherry samplers. Diners seeking a cool drink should check out the ice wine flight, consisting of 1-ounce pours of Jackson Triggs Vidal Ice Wine, King Estate Pinot Gris and Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel.