Step into The Back Bay for an atmosphere of Parisian elegance. This beautiful neighborhood is renowned for its 19th century French Architecture, fine art galleries, stylish fashion boutiques, strolling gardens and romantic outdoor cafes. Newbury Street is the Rodeo Drive of Boston attracting an international crowd to stroll, shop and dine out. Commonwealth Avenue is a broad street with a stunning central promenade, evoking the Champs Elysees. Along the banks of the Charles River to Newbury Street, Back Bay features rows of stately townhouses with green front yards, and tree-lined streets. In famous Copley Square, old and new architecture can be appreciated seen side-by-side. It has both monumental old and new buildings. Boylston Street begins a more contemporary commercial section of The Back Bay. The Hynes Convention Center, several handsome hotels, luxury condominiums and the two tallest buildings in Boston: The John Hancock and Prudential Towers are here. Copley Place and the Prudential Center’s atrium arcade combine to create a climate perfect, indoor “city of glass” complete with sky bridges and over 75 shops, popular sports bars and Boston restaurants.
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A. The Rattlesnake Grill (American, 384 Boylston St, www.rattlesnakebar.com) Located half a block from the Public Garden, the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill features a relaxing and casual atmosphere with a private function room, Venom, seating up to 100 people, overlooking historic Boylston Street. Food is served until 1:00am and cocktails until 2:00am. The Rattlesnake, popular with the after work business crowd offers a rooftop bar, eight flat screen TV’s, some of the best margaritas and sangria in town and affordable prices. Sit back and relax while you experience this Back Bay tradition.
B. Ostra (Mediterranean, 1 Charles St. South, OstraBoston.com) Ostra is a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant that features both innovative and classic preparations of the finest seafood available globally. They offer a beautiful private event space. Reservations are strongly suggested at this beautiful, upscale casual restaurant.
C. Teatro (Italian, 177 Tremont St, TeatroBoston.com) Teatro, located in the theater district over-looking the Boston Common, offers a modern approach to classic Italian dishes. The design of Teatro is both elegant and informal, with an open kitchen and high arched mosaic ceiling which gives the room a theatrical presence. The restaurant offers both a full bar and wine list. The full dinner menu is available at the bar.
D. Top Of The Hub (American, 800 Boylston St, TopOfTheHub.net) Top of the Hub has welcomed residents and visitors alike with exceptional cuisine, fine wines, impeccable service and a sophisticated ambiance for more than forty years. Soaring 52 floors above the city and described by The Travel Channel as one of the world’s most romantic dining locations, this award-winning Boston landmark offers panoramic views from every table. The menu is a showcase for the changing seasonal creations of Executive Chef Mark Porcaro and his consummate culinary team.
The swank lounges and glittering ballrooms of Back Bay’s hotels are for quieter times and charity balls. For loyal locals, it’s the social Neighborhood Association of Back Bay (NABB) and active club life that makes Back Bay special. The University Club, College Club, Algonquin Club, St. Botolph Harvard Club and more offer wine and dine events, lecture series, trips, casino fundraising nights and other fun.Take a look at a current nightlife events list here!
The Back Bay is a central, accessible neighborhood with many transportation options. Bordered by Storrow drive and home to four green line and one orange line subway stations. Copley station also offers a hubway bike rental location. Back Bay Station offers the Orange Line, commuter trains, and AMTRAK high-speed Acela trains. Limoliner is a high-tech, luxury bus that takes you in style from the Hilton Hotel in Back Bay to the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.
Copley Square offers the most sites in one place. Here the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, Old South Church and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel draw you into their monumental buildings to see the magnificent interiors. The Boston Public Library, nicknamed the “palace for the people” when it first opened in the mid-19th century, exemplifies the best of Back Bay and America’s highest ideals. “Free to All” is carved in stone over its historic Dartmouth Street entrance. It was the first publicly supported, free municipal library in the world. The finish line of the Boston Marathon is in front of the library’s modern entrance on Boylston Street. Nearby Newbury Street attracts shoppers from around the world for its high end boutique shopping. Lastly, don’t miss the beautiful strolls along the charles river on the Esplanade.
Back Bay is one of Boston’s oldest, most established neighborhoods. The neighborhood has seen prices rise steadily, and remains home to some of the more expensive real estate in the city with its truly central location.
Median Sale Price: $722,200
Price per square foot avg: $824
Average Rental (single family): $2,850
Increase in Value (year over year): 19.7%