Back Bay Bars

This centrally located neighborhood steeped in Boston tradition is where everyone--from students to scenesters--comes out to play. As a result, Back Bay bars and clubs come in an encouragingly wide spectrum. Glamorous party spots, beloved sports pubs, cocktail lounges, all have a place in Back Bay's nightlife scene.

(Photo: Susan Johnston)

Updated: June 23, 2010

Back Bay Bars

Dillon's Restaurant and Bar

955 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Dillon's combines the sports-loving spirit of the Fenway with the slightly more sophisticated style of the Back Bay. It's a prime spot for celebrating a birthday party, watching the game or catching up with friends--especially when the patio is open. A typical weekend finds working stiffs letting loose with weekend revelers over pints of Guinness.

Rattlesnake Bar & Grill

384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

During the summer, this Boylston Street staple lures the after-work crowd with a rooftop bar, refreshing drinks (including the tongue-in-cheek "Sex on the Charles River") and addictive appetizers like lime-zested chips. Brunch fare like cranberry-walnut French toast and grilled doughnuts fix hangovers nicely. The kitchen is helmed by world-traveler Brian Poe.


94 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

A strikingly modern ambiance and creative drink menu draw a cocktail crowd to this Back Bay bar. Groups of well-dressed women sip drinks like the Pop Culture (served in a Pop Rocks-rimmed glass) or the appletini. Barflies on a budget can snag $1 burgers every night between 5pm and 6pm or 11pm and 1am.


327 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

When its French doors are flung open onto Newbury Street, Sonsie has the breezy appeal of a European cafe. A mahogany bar creates a classy atmosphere for tourists and locals in search of a post-shopping mojito or sangria. A seasonally changing menu features items like brick oven pizza topped with spring leeks and pan-roasted halibut.

Whiskey Park

64 Arlington St (park Plaza Hotel), Boston, MA 02116

While the front is more of a traditional hotel bar, the back room features mirrored walls and sleek leather couches with a modern lounge vibe. The crowd at Whiskey Park varies widely, not surprising for a hotel bar. You might find businessmen, celebrities, wealthy out-of-towners, party girls or a combination of all the above.