Gone are the days when hotel bars were just a convenient fix for out-of-towners to get a quick drink. Today, these lounges have been transformed into sexy destinations where locals and travelers alike flock for craft cocktails and savory bites in a comfortable atmosphere. Here’s a look at our picks for the top five hautest locations in Boston.
1 City Bar
Located inside the Lenox Hotel in Back Bay, City Bar is a popular after-work destination for a perfectly shaken gin martini, fruity mango mule or a stiff whiskey smash. If champagne is your drink of choice, try an orchard bellini made with apple cider. We love the mamacita margarita, a fiery take on the traditional cocktail made with spicy simply syrup.
65 Exeter Street Boston, MA 02116
2 Alibi Bar + Lounge
If you have always wondered what life might be like behind bars, Alibi Bar + Lounge gives you the chance to experience a drink in the former “drunk tank” of the former Charles Street Jail. The high profile bar that churns out appropriately named cocktails like Jailbait and Doin’ Thyme is set inside the renovated Liberty Hotel that still hosts the original red brick cell walls and bluestone floors of its predecessor.
215 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114
3 Highball Lounge
It doesn’t get much more fun than Highball Lounge where the cocktails flow freely at the Nine Zero Hotel and board games like Candy Land are played each night. Here, you can find play Pac-Man games and even reminisce about your childhood with 3D View-Masters while listening to a nightly DJ and sipping on a DuckieRose that comes complete with a rubber duck.
90 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108
4 Bristol Bar
The Bristol continues to be a reputable mainstay at the Four Seasons for its for power dinners and celebrity haunt, so it’s no wonder its sibling, Bristol Bar, is home to the power drink. From whiskey sours to craft beers, the bar hosts specialty events like Burgers and Burgundy on Wednesdays where you can enjoy three variations of the famed Bristol burger paired with two samplings of Burgundian-style wines.
200 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
5 BOND Restaurant & Lounge
Come for the drinks, stay for the food and linger for the entertainment. BOND knows best how to do it all. Sitting prominently inside the Langham Hotel in the Financial District, BOND was the former home of the Federal Reserve Bank. The stylish property has since been transformed to a stylish bar and lounge that features live entertainment and a private Dom Perignon Lounge for 30 of your closest friends.
250 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110