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BEST Hotel Bar

2017 BEST Hotel Bar

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen


We escape into a hotel bar when we want to feel like visitors in our own city. And there’s no grander way to see Boston than by sidling up to the gilded bar at the century-old Fairmont Copley Plaza. Take… read more»

2016 BEST Hotel Bar



For years, this Charles Hotel lair was home to the most dedicated Mad Men fans in New England, thanks to its debonair screening parties. The show may be over, but the hangout’s sexy, mysterious vibe—and the top-notch scotch flights—live on. read more»

2015 BEST Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne


For years now the Hawthorne, nestled inside the Hotel Commonwealth, has set the agenda when it comes to cocktails and ambiance. From the long main bar to the elegant, residence-style setting in back, it’s the rare hotel bar you wish… read more»

2013 BEST Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne


This swanky spot in the Hotel Commonwealth combines the comforts of a hotel bar—plush chaise lounges, velvet armchairs—with the top-notch libations and luxurious snacks of a craft-cocktail den. Unwind with an Aperol-and-bourbon-laced “Paper Plane” and an order of the raclette-topped… read more»

2012 BEST Hotel Bar

Avery Bar


Perhaps because of its proximity to turndown service and plush robes, the luxury hotel bar is expected to be both swish and discreet. This formula is executed just so at the Ritz-Carlton’s relaunched cocktail den (previously Jer-Ne), complete with caramel-hued… read more»

2011 BEST Hotel Bar

The Oak Room


Some hotel bars are trendy watering holes with rooms upstairs; others are mediocre places for conventiongoers to pickle themselves. The Oak Bar is another species entirely: an escape that’s equal parts time machine (jazz piano; career bartenders doling out snack… read more»

2010 BEST Hotel Bar

The W


The W Lounge strikes a balance that can please just about anyone. It’s hip but not exclusive, crowded but not cramped, loud but not obnoxious. Most important: It has a killer drink list. read more»

2008 BEST Hotel Bar

KO Prime


Gazillion-thread-count sheets aside, a hotel is really only as good as its bar. And chichi steakhouse KO Prime has admirably elevated the one at downtown’s Nine Zero Hotel over the past year. Adjacent to the restaurant’s sweeping dining room, the… read more»

2006 BEST Hotel Bar

City Bar, The Lenox


It has overcome the hotel bar stereotype—that of the elevator music-themed nightcap—and regularly packs in a crush of yuppies and guests. Dim lighting and Azure chef Robert Fathman’s specialty liquors provide all the courage you need to sidle up to… read more»

2005 BEST Hotel Bar

Cuffs—An Irish Bar


Most Boston hotel bars are party playgrounds for visiting movers and shakers. But for those jaded by the jet set, there’s Cuffs at the Jurys Boston Hotel, where the scene is all seductive ambiance and ruby-red martinis. A superchic local… read more»