Boston’s Best Hotel Bars

November 21, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo from Rumba)

(Photo from Rumba)

Whether staying at a hotel for business or pleasure, having a great bar on the premises is always a boon and benefit. There are plenty of fine hotels in the Boston area, with many of them serving up elevated cuisine along with the expected spirits and ice cold beer. Here are just a few of the best bets for hotel bars in Boston.
Alibi Bar

Photo Credit: Liberty Hotel

Alibi Bar & Lounge
Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 241-1144
www.alibiboston.com

Located between Charlesbank Road and Fruit Street, the Liberty Hotel is actually the housing for a former prison, and keeps the decor as such, whether it’s the iron bar windows or the celebrity mugshots that line the walls. The Alibi Bar and Lounge serves up themed drinks, such as the “Jailbait Cocktail,” to go along with this theme, and provides an excellent, fun destination for couples, friends and large groups alike.

Related: Boston’s Best Martini Bars

City Bar
Lenox Hotel
65 Exeter St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 933-4800
www.citybarboston.com

This Back Bay hotspot has proven to be a timeless destination time and time again for thirsty Boston patrons, despite its location within the Lenox Hotel on Exeter Street. The City Bar may be tucked away and hidden, yet this cocktail lounge offers plenty of spirited options for its clientele, which, combined with the dark, dim and atmospheric decor – perfect for close-quarter conversations or trading secrets – proves that Boston hotel bars can indeed be hidden treasures off the beaten path.

(credit: Boston Harbor Hotel)

(credit: Boston Harbor Hotel)

Rowes Wharf Bar
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 439-7000
www.bhh.com/wharf.html

Is there anything much more satisfying than enjoying a drink on Boston’s historic Waterfront District? For patrons of Rowes Wharf Bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel, this potent pleasure is a daily ritual. Located within the Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf Bar balances old school charm with a modern atmosphere and vintage, friendly service from the knowledgeable and dapper staff. Rowes Wharf capitalizes on the dark and cozy lighting as well, making this an excellent throwback idea for a classic date or a place to enjoy your favorite cocktail.

Related: A Guide To Boston Hotels With The Best Bars

Photo Credit: Rumba

Photo Credit: Rumba

RumBa
InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 747-1000
www.intercontinentalboston.com/boston-bars.asp

Also located on the Waterfront area of Boston, RumBa is located within the Intercontinental Hotel and specializes in rum-soaked drinks on the water. Hipsters, locals and visitors alike rub elbows at RumBa, taking advantage of the fact that the outdoor dining and drinking area possesses a gorgeous, seaside view. Although drinks can occasionally elevate themselves into the expensive territory, RumBar at the Intercontinental Hotel still serves up buckets of fun for a night out on the town with friends.

Bond Restaurant and Lounge
The Langham
250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 956-8765
www.bondboston.com

The Bond Restaurant and Lounge is situated within The Langham Hotel, in the city’s busy Financial District, and promotes great and grandiose atmosphere within its vintage decor setup. Bond and The Langham are housed in what used to be the Federal Reserve Bank, and boasts high ceilings and comfortable couches, perfect for a relaxed drink or casual conversation. The Bond Restaurant and Lounge can – particularly given its secret agent moniker – become an expensive night out for a large group, but the spacious yet intimate settings, high-class wine and spirits list and overall extravagant atmosphere presents a strong and memorable experience for just about anyone.

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 Examiner.com.

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