Haute Spots: The Best Upscale Lounges in Boston and What You Should Order There

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These five venues are the perfect setting for a specialty cocktail, innovative martini, night out with friends, or a business meeting. Dress to impress and head to one of the following high-class establishments to imbibe in their creative, high-end concoctions.

1 Drink

This innovative lounge doesn’t have much of a menu. Instead, you’re asked to pick your favorite base flavor - whether it be grapefruit, ginger, or scotch - and let the expert mixologists create a custom spirit just for you. A capacity of only a few dozen people, pleasing appetizers, and warm brick walls with low lighting lends Drink a notable exclusivity.

Drink is located at 348 Congress St., Boston 617.695.1806

2 Mistral

French restaurant and lounge Mistral boasts high ceilings, hand-picked pottery, and arched floor-to-ceiling windows inspired by Provence. Chef and Owner Jamie Mammano pairs craft cocktails with the French Mediterranean menu. Guests can use Mistral’s complimentary car service or valet.

Mistral is located at 223 Columbus Ave., Boston 617.867.9300

3 M Bar & Lounge

Mandarin Oriental's aptly named bar is decked in green and gray stone with an illuminated bar top and hand-carved wood blocks. Large windows face Boylston Street nightlife, making it the perfect stop for people watching. For spring, try the fresh Motality Cocktail, with veev acai liqueur, muddled cucumber and fresh mint and lime.

M Bar & Lounge is located at 776 Boylston St., Boston 617.535.8888

4 Bristol Lounge

Nestled in the Four Seasons, the Bristol Lounge offers views of Boston Public Garden through their stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Leather couches and their fireplace provide a cozy experience for all. The Bristol Lounge is also noted for their impeccable service and presentation. Their Strawberry Blossom Martini is the perfect nod to spring.

Bristol Lounge is located at 200 Boylston St., Boston 617.338.4400

5 The Oak Bar

The Fairmont Copley's recently restored sister lounge of The Oak Room, The Oak Bar, has British-influenced décor that includes rich, dark wood, mirrors, marble, and a gilded and painted coffered ceiling. Boston Magazine has named the Oak Bar 'Best Hotel Bar' in Boston for a reason. In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, try their Pot of Gold Martini: two parts Jameson, two parts ginger ale, 1/2 part peach schnapps, a splash of OJ and a lime for garnish.

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The Oak Bar is located at 138 St. James Ave., Back Bay, Boston 617.267.5300

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