Park Street first began its nightlife reign with Spice Bar, then got fancier, dancier and more exclusive. During its latest phase, developers with the CGS Group have been heading in the opposite direction, focusing on spots that are casual and laidback. When it opened in May, Park Street Cantina became the flagship of a transformed district.
Inspired by gringo joints near Mexican resorts, Park Street Cantina is an urban oasis with indoor and outdoor bars, decor from south of the border and tons of Tex-Mex eats. If you can't afford Acapulco, head here for some spring-break fun.
Runners-up: Bernard's Tavern, Kobo