Boston’s Best: A Night Out In The Back Bay

November 7, 2013 6:00 AM

Boston has plenty of interesting, varied neighborhoods, each with their own unique flair, traditions and atmospheres. Whether it’s the city’s Financial District, Southie, Cambridge or the Back Bay, which is examined here, the odds are almost always in favor for a fun and memorable night out on the town. Take a look at five great Back Bay restaurants and bars to guarantee a fantastic night out in this historic Boston neighborhood.

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BarLola Tapas Lounge
160 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1122

The BarLola Tapas Lounge is a great way to kick off any group outing in style by indulging in some of the best small plate cuisine within city limits. The tapas experience hinges upon the notion of sharing many small-sized appetizer plates as a group, an atmosphere which BarLola has covered while also serving up fine mixed drinks and sangria to keep the night nicely lubricated, which is key for any proper night out on the town with friends or family. No matter what the occasion, this joint’s always a good decision.

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(Photo Credit: Bukowski/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Bukowski/Facebook)

Bukowski Tavern
50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999

Taking its name from the famous author, and noted alcoholic, Charles Bukowski, this Back Bay dive bar/tavern stocks a ridiculous amount of beer and booze, seemingly capturing every known variety, style and price known to man. Indeed, Bukowski Tavern even has beers that range from $20 and above on its expansive drink menu. To say that this watering hole takes its spirits seriously is an understatement, but the burgers and grub here are also first rate, making Bukowski Tavern a must-see stop for all who enter Boston’s Back Bay…just make sure to bring a powerful thirst.

(Photo Credit: Pour House/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Pour House/Facebook)

The Pour House
907 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1767

The Pour House of Boston, located between Glouster Street and Hereford Street in the Back Bay, is your average, totally enjoyable Boston bar experience, offering up comfort by the glass and plateful. This Back Bay spot would serve as a perfect mid-way point for a proper bar crawl, as The Pour House balances stick-to-your-ribs diner classics (think burgers and nachos) with enough ice cold beer on tap to fuel any party for the next destination.

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(Photo Credit: Sonsie/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Sonsie/Facebook)

327 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500

Sonsie is another Back Bay location, this time located close to The Pour House on Newbury Street, and a fine home to wine lovers everywhere. Sonsie combines its love of the fermented grape with an equally passionate dinner menu that features among its choices frittatas, pizzas and and filet mignon. Sonsie is also perfect for those who enjoy al fresco dining on a warm summer night; a nice date spot for Back Bay visitors with a taste for a bit of rich, fine wine with their meal.



Sólás Irish Pub
710 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 933-4803

Sólás fills nicely that niche all pub crawls demand: the classic and old school Irish-styled pub. As such, Sólás delivers all of the necessary goods in its solid drink selection, simple yet effective peasant-style food (read: chicken pie, burgers and chicken fingers) and no-nonsense atmosphere. Sólás could be ideal for that final stop of the night, a shadowed and low-key joint which provides the atmosphere required for proper relaxation or recovery. No matter which point of the night Sólás entertains, it’s a solid spot for any night out in the Back Bay of the city of Boston.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at

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