Come February, when the chance of snow in Boston seems to only historically heighten, we are always seeking a warm refuge, preferably where the food and cocktails are plentiful. Here are 5 hotel bars that double as everyone’s favorite living rooms.
An energized and intricately detailed historic lobby makes the Godfrey Hotel (just celebrating its first anniversary) a perfect destination for great cocktails and an even better perch from which to people watch. Grab a coffee from the pristine George Howell Coffee (located just off the hotel entryway) and sip it slowly while you admire the dramatic 16-foot patterned ceiling in the Godrey's lobby and take a break from the weather outside. 505 Washington St., 617-804-2000
One of the best spots in town during a snow storm, Rowes Wharf Bar’s cozy, wood-paneled vibe is perfect for escaping the cold weather. Chef Daniel Bruce offers a well-rounded menu with dishes such as Pan Seared Pork, Daikon Buns, and Lobster Guacamole. Sip on cocktails like the Cucumber 75 with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling wine and Bourbon Fresco with simple syrup, and grapefruit juice as you watch the snow fall on the harbor. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-7000
Craft cocktails, including ten signature martinis, are just a few of the delights of the Avery Bar in Downtown Crossing. Grab a coveted seat by the fireplace and enjoy one (or two, we won’t judge) of those martinis along with seasonal small plates meant for sharing. 10 Avery St., 617-574-7176
Truly Boston’s “living room,” the carpeted space with booths, couches, and tables strewn throughout has the feel of a chic party while also granting each group total privacy. Come for a post-work cocktail (or a glass of Cristal) or late on a Saturday afternoon and nibble on small bites like truffled meatballs and Korean BBQ chicken wings. 200 Boylston St., 617-338-4400
Quickly becoming one of the Back Bay’s go-to spots for a deliciously themed cocktail, Off The Common at Boston Park Plaza embraces the city’s history and geography with drinks like The Emerald Necklace, Newbury, and Romeo and Juliet.50 Park Plaza, 617-457-2330