Whether you are a visitor or a Bostonian out for a night on the town, Boston hotel bars offer ambiance, specialty drinks, and entertainment suitable for a variety of tastes. Here is a guide to some of the best.
Bar 10 at Westin Copley Place
Voted “Best Bar’’ by Boston Magazine, Bar 10 has all the comforts of a Pottery Barn living room, bar-sized. Early on a Saturday evening, the bar was two people deep. Groups dressed in trendily destructed jeans and women in floor length fur coats mingled side-by-side – the age range spanned from early 20s to 50s.
10 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-262-9600, westincopleyplaceboston.com/bar-10-boston
The Bristol Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Boston
The Bristol Lounge isn’t known as “Boston’s living room’’ for nothing – warm colors, soothing piano music and a cozy fireplace make the atmosphere of this upscale bar delightfully homey. Sink into oversized pillows on one of the comfortable couches scattered around the room, or grab a prime table overlooking the bustle of Boylston Street and Boston Common.
200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-351-2037, fourseasons.com/boston/dining/the_bristol_lounge
Eastern Standard at Hotel Commonwealth
This early 20th-century throwback has the allure of a chorus line of can-can dancers. The staff is dashing – the men dressed in white button-down shirts and black vests and females in ruffled skirts and fishnet stockings. The ruby red-accented decor, cozy banquettes and artwork invite slow sipping of specialty martinis and hours-long meals.
528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com
Noir at Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel’s hip bar, Noir, changes its drink menu seasonally. It also brought back the Happy Hour, which features a different $5 flatbread, $4 sandwich, $3 snack, and drink special each week.
One Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-8010, noir-bar.com
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen at Fairmont Copley Plaza
The Oak Bar is the upper caste of the Boston hotel bar scene. It’s the type of place where children are reminded to sit up straight, money flows freely, and $22 martinis are pushed on, and often accepted by, its patrons.
138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-585-7222, fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston/dining/oak-long-bar-kitchen
The Ruby Room at Onyx Hotel
The serpentine-shaped Ruby Room has an abundance of red décor, and serves the Ruby Red Martini – Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, Red Grapefruit Juice, and muddled basil.
155 Portland St., Boston, 617-557-9950, rubyroomboston.com
Alibi Bar at Liberty Hotel
The Liberty Hotel, formerly the Charles Street Jail, installed one of the hotel’s bars in the old drunk tank. It also features an outdoor patio. Be sure to check out the hotel’s lobby bar, as well as their newest bar, Catwalk.
215 Charles St., Boston, 857-241-1144, alibiboston.com
The Woodward in The Ames Hotel
Woodward, styled as a modern tavern, was opened in The Ames by Mistral owner and Boston “nightlife guru’’ Seth Greenberg. Here, hand-crafted cocktails are paired with New England-centric dishes.
1 Court St., Boston, 617-979-8200, woodwardboston.com
RumBa at Intercontinental Hotel Boston
Intercontinental’s rum-themed cocktail bar is a play on the New England pronunciation of “rum bar.’’ They have a large collection of vintage rums, and have also opened an outdoor, waterfront location.
510 Atlantic Ave., Boston, intercontinentalboston.com/dining/rumba
Minibar at Copley Square Hotel
Minibar is located in the Copley Square Hotel’s lobby, and is pretty tiny. But when the weather is warm, an outside patio opens up for more space.
51 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-424-8500, minibarboston.com