For a unique nightlife experience, sit in and amongst the cells of the old “drunk tank” in what used to be the Charles Street Jail. 215 Charles St., 857-2411144; alibiboston.com
This intimate, modern cocktail lounge at the Ritz sports dramatic décor— wood-paneled walls, vintage lighting, and an elevated marble fireplace. With the kitchen’s small bites, it’s the perfect midday or post-theater gathering spot. 10 Avery St., 617-574-7100; ritzcarlton.com/boston
Sommelier-certified servers Biaggio or Glenn can help you explore the extensive wine list at this Four Seasons hangout with iconic views of the Public Garden, State House, and Back Bay. 200 Boylston St., 617-351-2037; fourseasons.com/boston
This casual neighborhood bar, at the Lenox Hotel, features craft cocktails and kitchen classics, such as steak frites.
INSIDER TIP: Ask for the secret cocktail menu, which has been passed down since the hotel opened. 61 Exeter St., 617-933-4800; citybarboston.com
Entirely dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, the bar weaves throughout the room so you’re never without a place to set your drink. 348 Congress St., 617-695-1806; drinkfortpoint.com
A leader in Boston’s craft cocktail movement, The Hawthorne features intimate spaces perfect for romantic rendezvous. 500A Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9150; thehawthornebar.com
LOUNGE AT THE GODFREY
This lounge offers classic Italian cocktails and shared plates reminiscent of the fare offered at cicchetti bars across Northern Italy, specifically Venice. 505 Washington St., 617-804-2000; godfreyhotelboston.com/lounge
Soak up the drinks and nightlife—or relax on an alfresco sofa with the bar’s signature mini-burgers and fries. 51 Huntington Ave., 617-424-8500; minibarboston.com
“Mixsquared” is the highlight of W Lounge’s nightlife scene. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, experience a multisensory music-andcocktail experience to a live DJ. 100 Stuart St., 617-310-6790; wboston.com/ w-lounge-boston
Everyone has a green thumb with the Boston Daisy, a luscious cocktail made up of rum, lemon, local wildflower honey, and pea tendrils, thanks to OFFSITE catering.