Indoors and Out, Hotel Bars Add Ambiance to Boston's Varied Nightlife Scene
By Jessica Polizzotti
Boston Local Expert
Boston hotel bars are hot among locals who want a classy space to enjoy drinks with a date, catch up with friends or even make new ones. Without checking in, you can check out the 10best hotel bars in Boston. Lively every night, these spots tend to peak Thursday- Saturday when local, single 9-5ers have time to unwind.
The Liberty Hotel is the place to stay for those looking to bring a little Vegas to Boston. With several bars sitting inside, you can meander the property and enjoy cocktails at both Alibi and Liberty Bar.
Those who prefer modern digs and trendy spaces will enjoy the W Hotel's lobby lounge, which entices guests to chill-out by day and into the early evening. As the night wears on, the crowd gets younger, and the line gets long.
For patio drinking in the heart of Harvard Square settle in outdoors at The Charles Hotel's Noir. This indoor/outdoor hotel bar features a selection of wine, and excellent craft cocktails without much pretense.
Tucked away in the Back Bay at The Lenox Hotel, this bar is a cozy spot for a drink with friends or for making new ones. Light wood tones, black leather furniture, a neon-lit bar, and recessed lighting make for a pleasant environment. Whether discussing business or just relaxing, you're sure to enjoy your time at City-Bar. The specialty martinis are delicious, but City Bar also has a wide array of other beverages to choose from. As the night wears on, especially on weekends, you'll find the crowd at City-Bar growing younger. This transition allows for turning strangers into new friends. (617-933-4800, 617-536-5300)
9 Liberty Bar
The Liberty Bar holds court in the center of the Liberty Hotel's rotunda. Bright and open with room to linger, guests can either be seated at one of the banquettes, stand around, or get comfortable on a stool at the bar itself. A hot spot for locals looking to be where the action is, but away from the newly legal, the Liberty Bar sees some of the sexiest in the city. A small bar menu is available and many house-infused liquors are used in the cocktails they so expertly craft. A good way to end the day before making your way to your room. (617.224.4000)
The Charles Hotel's Noir is a romantic sort of place, perfect for quiet conversation over drinks. The dark, brooding atmosphere is also ideal for clandestine meetings, and low lighting and black-and-red decor add to the sense of drama and mystery. An inventive drink menu features a variety of martinis. The Charles Square patio, makes for a lovely spot to linger with friend sin the warmer months while the intimate indoor space invites you to settle in for the night. An ideal spot to catch up with old friends, the scene tends to be more laid back and that's a good thing, because sometimes you just want to enjoy cocktails with someone you know. (617-661-8010, 617-234-8090)
7 Rooftop at Revere
When an outdoor hotel bar is what you're after, make your way to Rooftop at Revere. As the name implies, this seasonal, outdoor, space sits high above the city. Enjoy the open air while lounging on the cushioned furniture that makes you feel you're at someone's home rather than a swanky hotel bar. Situated near the hotel's pool, this rooftop bar invites guests to rent cabanas, don their suits and have a Miami-esque experience in the heart of Boston. Serving tropically inspired beverages, and light, yet filling cuisine, Rooftop at Revere evokes the feel of a summer seaside retreat without leaving the city. (617-482-1800)
6 Avery Bar
Drawing inspiration from the mid-century modern decor of the 1950's, Avery Bar makes its home inside the Ritz Carlton. A sexy escape from the everyday, Avery bars dimly lit corners and lounge like nooks make intimate nights of sipping cocktails with someone you know just as inviting as meeting someone new. The arch shaped bar and eye level fireplace combine to create an inviting arena to enjoy Avery's innovative craft cocktails, extensive wine selection or even a draft beer. A small menu serves snacks and items to share, but the focus of this lobby lounge is on the drinks and the social scene. ((617) 574-7100)
Bond can be found in the Langham Hotel. Here high-class clientele comes to wine, dine and linger. Serving food and drinks, this hotel bar truly has it all. An elegant space creates a need to be well-dressed. Begin with dinner and end the evening seated around the bar where you're sure to meet a variety of high powered individuals. Bond livens up as the night wears on, replacing the tables of diners with a scene that more closely resembles that of a cocktail party. Music adds to the ambiance. An evening at Bond is one that will surely be enjoyed. (617-956-8765)
4 W Lounge
Make your way to the W Lounge in Boston's W Hotel and enjoy the great outdoors while you are indoors. This trendy lounge allows hotel guests and those who just happen in to meet-up within a funky world complete with pieces of all of the natural elements. Music pumps throughout and dancing is encouraged, but for those who simply want to sit and take it in the scene the W's comfortable setting allows you to do just that. Perch yourself by the fire pit, or cozy up to the bar. Sip your pick of the W's sensational libations or play one of the board games provided with an old or new friend. ((617) 261-8700)
3 Oak Long Bar & Kitchen
Oak Long Bar is an updated, modern space that removes the formality and separation of dining and drinking; replacing it with a restaurant and bar within the same space that draws a mature crowd for evenings of hobnobbing with martinis in hand. Social and energetic, you'll find your fair share of locals looking to meet someone new. Within the elegant Copley Plaza Hotel, you'll find yourself among a well- dressed crowd. An open kitchen sits behind the bar enticing bar side drinkers to order up from the menu that provides diners with American cuisine options ranging from simple snack and sandwiches to full meals. ((617) 585-7222)
2 Alibi Bar and Lounge
Alibi, in the Liberty Hotel is one of the hottest spots in the city. With a shady past (once part of the Charles Street Jail), this former "drunk tank" is a great place to indulge in a cocktail. The dimly-lit scene, complete with jail cell gates, and window bars, creates an ambiance of being someplace forbidden. Those looking to "see and be seen" tend to pop in a little later. Enjoy a drink with friends or find yourself making new ones as the the crowd is lively, and you'll always friend someone to chat with. With its inner hotel location it is easy to simply stay all night. (857-241-1144)
1 The Hawthorne
The Hawthorne may look more like your living room than a nightspot, but the charm of the decor at this lounge is what sets it apart from it peers; endearing itself to regulars who are not patrons of the Hotel, but simply Boston residents who love the vibe, drinks and bar food. The Hawthorne is a lounge that boasts a stunning 18-seat bar, a communal high-top table, and two comfortable, more casual seating areas complete with cushioned chairs to make you feel at home. Cocktails are the focus of this hotel bar and are constantly changing to serve what's in season and trendy. No worries, the Hawthorne still mixes the classics, ensuring you'll enjoy your favorite even if it is not found on the menu. Food is simple, yet enticing with menu items that include fancy versions of bar delights like grilled cheese and pretzels. ((617) 532-9150)
About Jessica Polizzotti
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand. Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon. Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
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