Some of the city’s best martinis are poured in hotel bars. We head to the Back Bay where some of Boston’s most memorable cocktails are served. Here’s a look at five of the best places to go for the perfect martini.
1 Oak Long Bar + KitchenOak Long Bar + Kitchen
At the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Oak Long Bar + Kitchen perfects the art of martini making. The enormously strong cocktails here might be the biggest in the city (and most expensive ringing in at $22 each), but they are served with your own personalized ice chilled carafe so you can refill your own glass. Try the Perfect Martinez made with Botanist gin, Cointreau, Carpano Antica, dry vermouth and angostura.
138 St. James Avenue Boston, MA 02116
2 City BarCity Bar
Shaken or stirred, martinis are the name of the City Bar game at this haute spot tucked inside The Lenox Hotel. Known for its stiff cocktails and generous pours, the Copley Square property is a popular after-work spot for its sweet martinis (think pomegranate, pear, ginger-peach and the Willy Wonka white and dark chocolate creation) and seasonal creations. We recommend the Cool Hand Cuke made with Crop Cucumber Organic Vodka, blackberries, lemon juice and a champagne float.
65 Exeter Street Boston, MA 02116
As simple as its name, Minibar at the Copley Square Hotel serves up unpretentious cocktails. We like the lychee martini, a modest yet delicious combination of Belvedere vodka and lychee puree. Enjoy your cocktail on the patio or relax inside where progressive lounge music plays in the background and oversized windows provide a cool breeze.
51 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116
4 Charlesmark Hotel & LoungeCharlesmark Hotel & Lounge
Copley Square certainly has some of the best martinis in town and the Charlesmark Hotel & Lounge is one of the most exceptional. Here, you can sit on their 25-seat outdoor patio and sip on some fun creations like the Tropical ‘Tini, Drunken Pear, Crantini or their infamous Dancing Bear Martini garnished with gummy bears. Instead of dessert, head here for the delicious Key Lime Pie martini made with Svedka vanilla vodka, Midori and pineapple juice served in a chilled glass with a crushed graham cracker crust rim topped with whipped cream.
655 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
5 STRIP by StregaSTRIP by Strega
Nothing pairs up better with a juicy prime dry aged ribeye better than a nice stiff martini. Just ask the folks at STRIP by Strega located inside the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. They offer a full service dedicated to the art of creating the perfect martini complete with Hammer & Sickle Vodka, house made blue cheese stuffed olives, pickled onions served with a lemon twist.
64 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116