Best of Boston

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. Every detail here speaks civilization—from the golden elephant heads holding up the bar rail to the crisp service of the gold-vested bartenders. The generous martinis, on the other hand, whisper pure decadence.

138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-267-5300,