The Raffles Boston has generated a torrent of local buzz since debuting this past September, injecting fresh energy into the staid luxury hotel scene. On its heels comes the unveiling of The Long Bar, a suave cocktail lounge and restaurant nestled on the 17th floor designed by Studio Paolo Ferrari. Distinguishing itself with an aesthetic deeply rooted in the essence of early 20th-century Boston and drawing parallels to the prestigious Harvard Club, the space balances modernist and classical elements: travertine carved block arches, oak flooring in a herringbone pattern, and sage-green banquettes swooshing around the room beneath dim midcentury-inspired lighting.
The bar itself is a sculptural showpiece crafted from Paonazzo stone that gives way to a cheery terrace with sweeping views of Back Bay. Bites stay true to local flavors, from New England lobster rolls to tinned fish with housemade sourdough toast to the burger adorned in pepper jam and Harbison cheese from Vermont. Wash it down with a refreshing pick from the sparkling cocktail menu or the Singapore Sling, the drink that etched the hotel brand in bartending lore.