The Back Bay is one of Boston’s most visitor-friendly neighborhoods. A mix of affluent residential streets and commercial attractions, it contains some of the city’s most important architectural sites. It’s also a major shopping destination, where you’ll find everything from big chains to cutting-edge boutiques. It still has a bit of a conservative, "old Boston" reputation, but you’ll find a number of funky businesses and a large student presence.
Uni is known for its standout sashimi program and inventive Japanese creations. Chef-partners Ken Oringer and Tony Messina wow diners with global street food-inspired small plates, as well as innovative makimono, nigiri and sashimi. Grab a seat at the sushi bar to watch the experts at work. On weekends, the late-night menu draws hungry devotees to sample a small menu of creative dishes and one of the most in-demand ramens in the city.
Small, loud, cash-only, and beer-focused, Bukowski Tavern might not be for everyone, but for beer aficionados (and fans of dives), it’s the place to be. From appearances, you might think you’d only find PBR and High Life, but the beer list features more than 100 choices, including several hard-to-find options. Bartenders are knowledgeable, and there’s always the Wheel of Beer to help you make a selection.
This multifaceted complex is more than just a library. You can get lost wandering its labyrinthine halls, or join one of the free tours covering the library’s art collection and mix of 19th-century and modern architecture. Curl up with a book, spend time in the tranquil courtyard, or attend one of the frequent author talks and book readings.
The Fairmont opened in 1912, and the grandeur of the era is still visible in the ornate marble lobby. Rooms are beautifully-appointed and feature commissioned, Boston-themed art. Guests can dine at OAK Long Bar and Kitchen, an elegant bar and brasserie. Be sure to say hi to Carly, the hotel’s canine ambassador—guests can even take her for walks around the city.