Sometimes dining out is as much about the ambiance as it is about the food. If you enjoy a pretty view while you eat or drink, here are 10 restaurants and bars to visit!
TOP OF THE HUB
If you’re going to Top of the Hub, it’s for the view. This list would be incomplete without mention to the highest restaurant in town, whose floor to ceiling windows provide a 360-degree view of downtown, the Charles, and beyond.
Everything about L’Espalier is cool and gorgeous. The modern interior and second-floor view of Back Bay make for a chic, urban dining experience that complements the acclaimed menu.
Asian fusion with an elevated atmosphere — stone walls and exposed beams never mixed so well with giant Buddhas and deep red lighting. If you want to feel classy while sipping a Scorpion Bowl, this is your place.
It might not be the best choice for authentic Chinese, but if you want to look at gorgeous people and take some posh selfies, its location, size, and décor are perfect.
Each and every space in the city’s most prestigious luxury hotel is magnificent. Whether you’re headed to the French Room for afternoon tea, the rooftop for Sunday brunch , The Café, or The Bar (fully equipped with a fireplace and original furnishings from the 1930s), it’s one of the most beautiful dining spots around.
FROST ICE LOFT
Made completely out of ice, this bar has, hands down, one of the most distinct interiors in the city. Where else in town can you enjoy a frosty cocktail while sitting at an ice bar, with an ice gallery, and ice sculptures of Boston landmarks?
LIQUID ART HOUSE
Even the name of this Back Bay gallery/eatery has a certain aesthetic appeal. Populated by hipsters and Brahmin alike, the entire venue serves as a canvas for the curator’s latest art exhibition, which in turn serves as inspiration for the craft cocktail list. The combination of huge canvases and eccentric décor lends a particular appeal to the space.
Dark wood, dim lighting, and bars so polished you can see your reflection. Located in the historic Stoddard’s Fine Cutlery building, the gorgeous gastropub’s exposed brick, 30ft tall mahogany bar, and antique décor make it the quintessential example of a vintage American saloon.
Yvonne’s is divided into three distinct spaces that elegantly merge sophisticated modernism with Locke-Ober tradition. The dining room features a 129-year-old hand-carved Santo Domingo mahogany bar, while the lounge’s ceilings are exact replicas of the building’s original tin coffers. Topped off with gilded fireplace, doesn’t get nicer than that.
Drinking at the Hawthorne is like drinking in your own living room — if your living room was better decorated and staffed by world-class bartenders. So maybe it’s not like drinking in your living room. But it’s definitely fancy.