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Picture this: you’re at the bar, sipping on your ice-cold brew, and what better way to keep the party going than with a delicious, no-fuss pizza?

That’s where these gems from the South Shore come in. They were originally crafted as an affordable snack, but they’ve become so much more. We’re talking about 10-inch wonders with thin, crispy crusts that achieve the perfect level of crunch.

And let’s not forget about the cheese, folks. It’s melted to perfection, stretching all the way to the charred edges, making every bite a flavor explosion.

Now, brace yourselves, because determining the best one can ignite some serious food fights. Everyone has their own favorite, and boy, do people get passionate about it! But fear not, I’m here to guide you through my favorite places to get some ‘zas!

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  • Here’s the definitive list of places to get bar pizza around Boston and the South Shore (in no particular order):

  • POOPSIE'S

    Attention, folks! If you haven’t discovered Poopsie’s, you’re missing out on a Pembroke gem that has been satisfying South Shore locals since the ’70s. This place is so popular that during peak times, your takeout cravings might have to wait. However, let me assure you, the extra effort to reach this old-school Massachusetts pub will be rewarded with unforgettable bar pizzas. Picture this: a crispy, cracker-thin crust adorned with irresistible toppings like feta, chili, or ghost pepper cheese. Don’t let the name fool you; Poopsie’s takes their pizza seriously. Their thinness game is on another level, leaving other pizzas in the dust. So, don’t back down, embrace the adventure, and remember, at Poopsie’s, we don’t welcome quitters. It’s time to dive in and relish the mouthwatering delights that await you.

    243 Church St., Pembroke (website)

  • VENUS

    The main attraction at The Venus, which has 3 locations on the South Shore (Marshfield, Whitman and Hanson) are their beloved bar pizzas, which are pretty damn good. Not only do they offer gluten-free dough, but they also push the boundaries with their delectable “sweet pizzas” topped with mouthwatering combinations like apple cinnamon and Oreo cookies for people who don’t have/believe in dietary preferences.

    277 Ocean St., Marshfield (With locations in Hanson and Whitman) (website)

  • HOT BOX

    Located at Somerville’s Bow Market, Hot Box opened in 2018 and offers a unique takeout-only experience. They serve North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches and a special pickle pizza, topped with hots for added flavor. Despite some South Shore residents overlooking Hot Box as a trendy, hipster pizza place, they would be mistaken to do so. Hot Box’s 10-inch pizzas are perfectly crisped and can rival any pizza south of town, including classic cheese pies and creative options like the Brunch #1 with eggs, bacon, and pepper gravy.

    1 Bow Market Way, Somerville (website)

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  • TOWN SPA PIZZA

    Town Spa reigns as a powerhouse in the bar pie industry. With its generous space and nostalgic atmosphere, it evokes memories of the place your parents would bring a whole little league team. Even after decades, this family-friendly establishment continues to excel, offering a separate entrance solely for their busy takeout service. Town Spa extends its reach by offering the convenience of mail-order pizza, a delightful treat for those who have relocated from the South Shore.Their claim to fame is the irresistible pickled-topped pizza. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

    1119 Washington St., Stoughton (website)

  • CAPE COD CAFE

    The “birthplace” of the original South Shore bar pizzeria style since 1939 (according to Cape Cod Cafe. They’ve undoubtedly mastered the art and continue to reign supreme across their four locations (with Brockton being their pioneering establishment). Their fame has spread far and wide, even offering frozen versions to homesick bar-pizza aficionados throughout the country. So, whether you’re a local or a homesick expat, Cape Cod Café is the ultimate destination for indulging in the best bar pizzas around.

    979 Main St., Brockton (with additional locations) (website)

  • J’s FLYING PIZZA

    Since the 1970s, J’s in Bridgewater has been a go-to spot for bar pizza enthusiasts. Their specialty pizzas, such as the taco pizza, offer a delightful combination of burnt cheese and a crispy thin crust, making it an irresistible choice.

    815 South St., Bridgewater, MA 02324

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    Photo of J's Flying Pizza - "Front is Hamburg garlic, back is cheese. Both . I'd add garlic to any topping choices though. Just a nice added flavor in my opinion." - Bridgewater, MA

  • HOEY'S PIZZA

    Hoey’s, located within a local American Veterans Post, is a top-notch destination for bar pizza enthusiasts. Their menu offers a variety of toppings, including salami, anchovies, and more, ensuring there’s something for everyone. For those seeking an indulgent experience, the Fat Daddy pizza is a must-try, boasting double the dough, cheese, and sauce for an extra satisfying bite.

    9 Amvets Lane (Amvets Post 51), Randolph (website)

  • LYNWOOD CAFE

    Burgundy bar stools, arcade games, and wood paneling. Lynwood Café has everything,  including delicious bar pizza. Their ‘zas are famous enough to tempt folks from all over. They come for the local color, they come for the cheap beer, and they come for the pies topped with Boston baked beans.

    320 Center St., Randolph

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