When the 40-something crowd goes out on the town, they’re usually looking to get away from the chaos of Landsdowne Street and the vibration of its hip hop and techno music. Having always had an air of sophistication thanks to its history, Boston offers plenty of hotspots for 40-somethings. And the best part is, you won’t have to wear earplugs.

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

The Langham Hotel
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 956-8765

Part of a recent renovation done at the Langham Hotel in Post Office Square, Bond Restaurant and Lounge has become one of Boston’s best hotspots for 40-somethings. Sophisticated and elegant, Bond offers a quiet yet trendy place for the more grown-up crowd. Set up with tables and comfortable seating, Bond offers its patrons a place to converse with stellar martinis in hand.

The Oak Bar

Fairmount Copley Hotel
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-5300

The Oak Bar in the Fairmount Copley Hotel is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Dark wood paneling and mirrors offer a unique feel, as if the Oak Bar’s patrons have stepped back in time. The furniture – stately chairs and small tables – offers a fabulous atmosphere to enjoy drinks. What makes The Oak Bar a standout, and one of Boston’s best hotspots for 40-somethings, is the live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday nights. The large martini menu and extensive raw bar aren’t too shabby either.

City Bar

Lenox Hotel
61 Exeter Street at Boylston
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 933-4800

City Bar might be small in size, but the intimate setting is what makes this bar one of Boston’s best hotspots for 40-somethings. Dimly lit with comfortable seating, City Bar makes you want to get cozy while sipping a sophisticated cocktail. City Bar is known for its one-of-a-kind martinis, single malts, cognacs, ports and liqueurs.

W Lounge

W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 261-8700

Relatively new to the Boston nightlife scene, W Lounge offers a trendy sophistication that isn’t usually found in Beantown. This lounge has been described as “an intimate urban garden.” Semi-private seating areas offer patrons a more intimate experience. But what makes W Lounge one of Boston’s best hotspots for 40-somethings is the array of board games and books, which can be played and read in front of a fabulous fire pit.

M Bar & Lounge

Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8888

Sophistication oozes from M Bar & Lounge, which is located in the Mandarin Oriental Boston hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows and intimate seating offer a relaxing, calming atmosphere. What makes M Bar & Lounge one of Boston’s best hotspots for 40-somethings is its wine selection. The lounge has a custom-designed “wine wall” that has some impressive vintages.

– Stephanie Geary