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“A Boston Best Kept Secret” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne
500 A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 27203
624-8717
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Ranked #4 of 2,670 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brookline, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A Boston Best Kept Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

On a snowy night or day, it's easy to venture from the Hotel to one of the restaurants, but you should realy try the cocktail lounge, Hawthorne. This cocktail lounge is so well decorated and well put together that it is probably one of the best kep secrets in Boston! Great menu items and some of the best cocktails we've ever had.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stumbled across this as it was in the base of our hotel. Only stayed for a couple of drinks as we had a dinner booked, but we loved the place. Amazingly set out, great staff who spend time to understand what you like and the match the drinks accordingly. Has a real great vibe.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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83 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic Cocktail bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

After struggling to find the venue as it's inside a hotel so not signed, we walked inside to a beautifully laid out venue. We were immediately greeted and taken to a table in the corner. Now the cocktail menu is fantastic, so many varieties of cocktails to suit all tastes. The other benefit of this venue is it's great for people watching, more of a side note but we found it entertaining. Clearly its a very datey kind of place in Boston.

Overall a great cocktail venue and I shall certainly be returning when I'm next in Boston.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great cocktail bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The fact that it's a hotel bar would have once upon a time deterred me from going there, as they are typically very expensive (catering to the vacationing hotel clients), but this place is definitely not the case. It has a very professional staff ,and a pretty extenive selection of liquor behind the bar who know how to mix a cocktail. The good /bad (depending on how you look at it) is that they accept reservations, and you can't get a seat at the bar without one. This mitigates some crowding at the bar, but at the same time, if you are part of the crowd, then it's not such a fun situation. Call ahead Iguess?

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Very nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I've been here with friends a couple times and it's great, the atmosphere is really cool and they have a great drinks menu. Some of the cocktails are a little daunting because they have adjectives instead of ingredients, but everything I've tried has been good!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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