Drinks in Copley/Back Bay Saturday night?
A small group of us will be looking for drinks (and possibly food/snacks?) tomorrow (Saturday) night around 9:30-10:00 p.m., after an event in Copley Square. I would previously have steered us straight toward Delux, but... [sniff].
I'd like somewhere as close as possible would be good, since we'll be walking and the weather looks rotten; and nowhere we'd feel uncomfortable in jeans. Thanks!
Hotel lounges (Bar 10 at the Westin, Oak Long Bar at the Copley Plaza) often are good places for groups who actually want to converse, but of course it comes with premium prices for sometimes not-great drinks.
At that time of night, the lounge area at Mistral sometimes is available. Premium prices for good drinks. Fancier, but jeans are fine.
Rattlesnake and Upstairs at Rattlesnake or Salty Pig - Delux is open again but I don't know what's up with the new "Delux".
Oak Long Bar, Lolita, Salty Pig (beer & wine), and City Bar/City Table are all decent choices right around Copley Square. Minibar could possibly work for you at that time as well.
Delux is back open again and largely unchanged under new owners.
Liquid Art House has a very cool bar with great drinks. It has the fancy looks of an art gallery, which it is, but nobody is going to care if you wander in dressed casually. They're brand-new, so maybe won't be jammed at prime time on a Saturday.
If you don't insist on spirits, the bar at Erbaluce is an overlooked spot for drinks and small plates.
I haven't been in to Back Bay Harry's yet, but the new layout makes it look like a roomier bar.
You could wander over to Stanhope Street and look for room at the adjacent, mostly nightclubby restaurants there: Red Lantern, The Brahmin, Zocalo.
Oak Long Bar is a shitshow on Saturday nights. Bar 10 is a better bet to snag seating. You might squeeze into the bar at the Charlesmark, too.
Coda and Petit Robert are South End places that are close by on Columbus Ave.