Boston >Arts & Entertainment > Oak Bar
138 St James Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349264 -71.076358
Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-12am
Neighborhoods: Prudential / St. Botolph, Back Bay
Most beautiful bar I've ever been in – This is one of the most beautiful bars in the world--huge arched mirrors, marble and brass bar, statuary, an amazing ceiling. That said, and proving that you can spend five million dollars on a restoration and still get yahoos for customers, I didn't really appreciate the bozos who crowded in next to me, started rotating the brass rail--to the annoyance of EVERYONE at the bar, and then proceeded on hitting on me--as if they hadn't been too annoying to live already. I get it that they probably spend a lot of money in the place and their business is more important than mine, but it would have been REALLY CLASSY if the management had made a note that they were annoying me--maybe when I moved my stool three feet to the left--and moved me to a table.
Big drinks, and a good atmosphere, but disappointing – Yes, the decor is cool. And certainly, the drinks are big. Given the price, I guess I was expecting something higher in quality rather than just quantity. This is no comment on the restaurant but only on the bar, since I've only been for drinks. Certainly worth checking out at least once for the overall vibe, but as a bar qua bar I found it a bit disappointing given its "Best Martini Menu" reputation - and its price. To its credit, the room demands fanciness, and while it is not "jacket required," there is a "no hat or t-shirt" dress-code which helps keep the old fashioned atmosphere intact.
Classy Fairmont Copley Plaza lounge with jazz and specialty martinis. – The Scene
An elegant decor of dark-wood paneling, 30-foot-high ceilings, lush red drapery and fleur-de-lis emblems await crowds of young to middle-aged professionals, both local and guests of the hotel. Evenings, the backdrop is dimly lit so sweethearts can huddle in cushy lounge chairs and settees, though a multi-platform layout makes everyone in the room visible.
Enjoy live jazz as you sip peculiar, yet delightful, champagne cocktails, such as a raspberry Romanoff--Razberi Vodka, Blue Curacao, sparkling wine and Stoli-soaked raspberries--and signature martinis like the 007 (shaken, not stirred). Specialty cocktails run a bit more than $10, while beers cost less. Appetizers, sandwiches and desserts are moderately to expensively priced and include cold seafood platters, burgers, rich chocolate cakes and more.
Classiest Bar in Boston – When you walk into the Oak Room, you feel like you've walked into the 40's. It's a total throwbsck with the wood paneled walls, ceiling fans, and waiters in vests. It's always fun to take someone who has never been. And while the martinis are expensive ($17), the decanter they give you has enough for two drinks. It's a great place to go to feel like a high roller, even if you're not.
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