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BEST Hotel Bar

2013 BEST Hotel Bar
Photo by Jesse Burke

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»

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»

2004 BEST Hotel Bar

Oak Bar


There could be a raging nor’easter outside, but inside this legend in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, it’s always 70 degrees, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean and the whack of a distant cricket wicket audible over the veldt…. read more»

2003 BEST Hotel Bar

Oak Bar


Given the weather, there’s seldom much call in New England for ceiling fans. Even so, the whirring hum beneath the Oak Bar’s carved mahogany ceiling adds a touch of airiness to a room that might otherwise seem stodgy. In fact,… read more»

2002 BEST Hotel Bar

Bar 10


Enough with the stuffy, starched-napkin lounges that have for years dominated hotel cocktail scenes. The Westin Hotel’s Bar 10 is dedicated to taking it easy in style. At lunch and after work, a well-heeled crowd sinks back into high-backed leather… read more»

2001 BEST Hotel Bar

The Oak Bar, Fairmont Copley Plaza


The Oak Bar is, quite simply, everything a hotel bar should be: sexy, formal, and mysterious. It’s a place to wallow in grandeur, where, even if you live right down the road, you feel like a visitor to another time… read more»