Cocktail Bar

A neighborhood cocktail bar with classic cocktails, old world wines, local craft beers, tasty bar snacks & good vibes, brought to you by owners Kim Courtney & Xavier Dietrich.

Join us at UpperWest in our 1970s style basement for a fun and relaxed evening of drinks, flights of wine, whiskey or amari, bar snacks, board games, fun events, good music, and great company.

You will find us in the back entrance of the green house located at 1 Cedar Street, Cambridge, MA, just off Mass. Ave., next to the bike path, and a short walk from Davis Square and Alewife T Stations.

Cocktail Bar Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

6pm - Midnight


Walk ins are welcome.

We take reservations for drinks if desired.

Call 617-714-5734

Note: We are no longer using Open Table, Reserve or Resi. We currently do not offer a dinner menu, only light bar snacks.

Private Events

Available for private events 7 days per week from 8am to 2am for up to 45 guests.

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Gift Cards

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Payment is secure through Square.


We are walking distance from the Alewife and Davis Square T stations, around an 8 minute walk. The 77 bus stops across the street on Mass. Ave. at Cameron Avenue northbound, and at Cedar Street southbound. There are also many Zip Cars and Hubway bicycles close by.


Free parking is available at meters on Massachusetts Avenue from 6pm. Please do not park in the lot next to our building, which belongs to the Veteran's Club.

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Endearing, intimate and bare-bones, UpperWest is the wine bar that almost wasn't

January 3, 2017, Boson Globe, by Sacha Pfeiffer

“It’s location is comically oddball … at the very end of 2016, I found my favorite new restaurant of the year … in unfashionable North Cambridge.” “… due to the alchemy of good food, good drinks, and good music, plus the endearing intimacy of this plain little place – I can’t wait to come back.” “Courtney handles all the cooking, working alone with just a convection oven and induction cooktop. Dietrich mans the bar, pouring flights of Scotch and wine.” “I leave full and satisfied each time – a lesson, perhaps, in how Americans would benefit from a simpler approach to eating.” “Courtney’s masterpieces are her handmade pastas.” “never have I entered a restaurant with such trepidation and left so utterly charmed. There are no airs here, no pretentions … the simpleness and modesty of UpperWest, its bewitching speakeasy aura, and its extremely satisfying food are why we’ll keep going back and back.”

The Critics Ate Pasta and Other Italian Food This Week: At UpperWest and Molinari’s

January 6, 2017, Eater Boston, by Dana Hatic

“The Boston Globe’s Sacha Pfeiffer pays a visit to UpperWest. There, she writes, she “found [her] favorite new restaurant of the year.” “The pastas are masterpieces, Pfeiffer writes, including the porcini ravioli and an excellent orecchiette with sausage.”

Where to Eat, Top Pick - UpperWest

April 2, 2017, Boston Globe Magazine

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“Top Pick … due to the alchemy of good food, good drinks, and good music, plus the endearing intimacy of this cozy little place, it channels the wonderfully homey experience of eating in a rustic European tavern.”

Boston’s Top Restaurant Standbys of 2017: Waypoint, Chilacates, and More. Local food writers discuss their regular haunts of this past year.

December 27, 2017, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“I see them easily becoming standbys in 2018: weird and wonderful little basement haunt Upperwest, which I’m ashamed I didn’t try until late this year, over a year after it opened”.

The Biggest Dining Surprises of 2017: The Restaurant Boom Continues (and More). Here’s what local food writers were not expecting this year

December 28, 2017, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

 “On a more positive note, I was pleasantly surprised by a number of excellent dining experiences in unexpected places. Upperwest, for one. I wasn’t surprised, exactly, as I’d heard plenty of good things already, but walking into the back door of a United American Veterans post and heading down to the basement doesn’t necessarily set up expectations for the wonderfully cozy restaurant within. Whatever pasta is on the menu, get it.” 

Hidden Cambridge Wine Bar Adds Coffee Shop Hours

May 18, 2018, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal  

“Stick around for some wine-drinking … and then start eating lots of excellent pasta for dinner at 6 p.m.”

The Colossal 2014 Restaurant Openings Guide

February 10, 2014, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“UpperWest - A "small, casual wine bar" headed for a space between Harvard and Central Square.”

Here Comes Upperwest, a Cambridge Wine Bar

March 14, 2014, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

A "small, casual wine bar" called upperwest is seeking the appropriate licenses to open between Harvard and Central Square in Cambridge … will focus on charcuterie, cheese, and small plates … and it will also be a hub for special events involving the community and small businesses. The current plan is to open in April.”

UpperWest (a New Wine Bar) Hopes to Open in Cambridge

March 14, 2014, Boston Restaurant Talk

“upperwest is planning to open on Mass. Ave. between Harvard Square and Central Square, with the restaurant's website indicating that it will be a small, casual wine bar offering cheese, charcuterie, and small plates using locally-sourced ingredients.”

UpperWest Is Still Trying to Open on Massachusetts Avenue

February 3, 2015, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“UpperWest, a "small, casual wine bar," has been trying to open at 1001 Massachusetts Ave. (between Central and Harvard Square) for nearly a year, but its efforts have so far been blocked thanks to the licensing process and a nearby competitor.”

Boston's Most Anticipated Spring Restaurant Openings of 2015

March 26, 2015, Boston Eater, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“Looking more like summer or beyond: UpperWest”

UpperWest Is Opening in North Cambridge As a "Community Food Hub"

May 08, 2016, Boston Restaurant Talk

“A proposed restaurant in Cambridge that was involved in what one writer said was "among the weirdest spectacles" ever seen at a public hearing is opening in another part of the city--but not as a restaurant.”

Proposed Cambridge Wine Bar Has New Location and New Concept

May 9, 2016, Eater Boston, by Dana Hatic

“UpperWest is the work of Kim Courtney and Xavier Dietrich, who have been trying to get this project off the ground since 2014. The then-proposed wine bar had its sights set on 1001 Massachusetts Ave. but received some staunch opposition from a competitor.”

Restaurant Opening Guide, Summer 2016: Cambridge

June 21, 2016, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“In the works for more than two years, originally at another location, UpperWest is now open near Alewife and Davis, serving up cheese and charcuterie tasting flights, drink pairings”

UpperWest Arrives in Cambridge With Cheese, Charcuterie, and More

Sep 14, 2016, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“It’s been a long road for UpperWest, officially opening tomorrow (September 15) at 1 Cedar St. in North Cambridge… in one of "the weirdest spectacles ever seen at a public hearing," according to Cambridge Day, UpperWest was denied the necessary licenses to open there, apparently because a local business owner feared competition.”

Top Stories of the Week: Saloniki, Philz Coffee, Dig Inn, and Oath Craft Are Expanding.

September 16, 2016, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“8. UpperWest Arrives in Cambridge with Cheese, Charcuterie and More”

Four politically engaged eateries, breweries offer cozy place to watch, cry at final debate

October 18, 2016, Cambridge Day, by Marc Levy 

“UpperWest, … a wine bar and event space (inspired by the tiny wine bars on the Upper West Side of New York City, but not so tiny) will have the debate on with sound and offer its own selection of cheese, cured meats and wine or whiskey in the beautifully refurbished cellar of a veterans lodge.”

The Best Local Food Writing of 2018

December 28, 2018, Eater Boston, by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

“I also want to give a shoutout to Cambridge Day, where Marc Levy covers a variety of topics, including food, and has recently been on an unflinching crusade against potential corruption in the licensing commission. His recent stories (123) regarding candles, Upperwest, and a whole lot of drama with the commission are quite interesting reads, as are earlier stories about liquor licensing.”