Situated south of the Charles River, Back Bay is one of Boston’s most expensive residential neighborhoods, with rows of Victorian brownstone homes; an iconic preservation of 19th century American urban architecture. Back Bay is inhabited by flocks of trendy, young professionals who fuel an ever-bustling nightlife. As such, the neighborhood is densely populated with a variety of drinking spots, from chic cocktail bars to Irish taverns and tequila bars. Here is a list of the best of them.
City Bar is an elegant watering hole located in the boutique, 115-year-old Lenox Hotel. Over the past century, The Lenox has housed many distinguished guests, including Babe Ruth, Judy Garland and John Travolta to name but a few. City Bar is one of three dining options within The Lenox, and exists as a hybrid bar, lounge and restaurant combination. Its dark lighting and swanky, polished décor coupled with a hearty list of wines, cocktails and beers make it an ideal location for a romantic night out.
Address: City Bar, 65 Exeter St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 (617) 933-4800
Back Bay would not be a proper Bostonian neighborhood without a few good Irish pubs.Crossroads fits the bill here with over 30 beer selections and classic brick and wood decor. It is a popular destination throughout the week, with nightly specials like Monday night trivia and 50-cent wings on Thursdays. While soccer fans may be harder to come by in the States, Crossroads prides itself on being Boston’s official bar of England’s Manchester United, venture on down for a game and you won’t be disappointed.
Address:Crossroads Irish Pub, 495 Beacon St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 (857) 233-5943
Bukowski Tavern wins the award for the most personable bar, its menu exudes all the sass, attitude and borderline offensive language you might expect from a true, Bostonian establishment. Semantics aside, the Tavern also offers a suggested beer for its meal specials, and the beer list itself is high-quality and extensive. Named for the American underground writer Charles Bukowski, champion of the downtrodden and the urban lowlife, Bukowski Tavern is appropriately dark, loud and unrefined. It is the perfect hole-in-the-wall for any dedicated beer savant out there.
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen has been reverted, aesthetically, to its up-scale gentlemen’s club roots, boasting vaulted ceilings, towering windows, and high-backed leather chairs. Possibly more impressive is the copper bar that sweeps across the length of the room, or maybe even the outdoor bistro just off of the historic Copley Square. In addition to its remarkable architecture, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen serves a refined, farm-to-table menu, complete with an enjoyable selection of Manhattans, sangrias and seasonal drinks.
Located just down the road from Copley Square, Coda Bar + Kitchen serves a rotational menu of American Comfort Food from local farms and markets. The bar’s focus is on American craft beers, old world wine and seasonal cocktails, and the beer list itself places heavy emphasis on the unique. Coda’s small size and friendly wait staff make it a hidden nook perfect for escaping from the bustle of city life. Inside, brick walls and warm lighting make Coda a cozy gem for both locals and tourists alike.
Address: Coda Bar + Kitchen, 329 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 (617) 536-2632
The Back Bay Social Club is a classy joint aimed at a trendy clientele. Designed to mimic the intimacy of a small, 20th century café, the Social Club attracts a varied crowd with vintage art, chequerboard floors and flat screen TV’s airing different sporting events. The Social Club serves an impressive list of draught, craft and bottled brews, along with a respectable selection of wine and cocktails. The Back Bay Social Club is located across the street from the Hynes Convention Center, and while you may enjoy a casual night at the Social Club, business casual to business attire is appreciated.
Address:Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 (617) 247-3200