Party Earth Review Situated in the luxurious Ames Hotel in Boston's first skyscraper, Woodward is an eclectic and upscale meeting spot for the fun and fashionable. Once the headquarters for agricultural company Ames Plow, the hotel paid... ... read full review
1 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
Orange Line: Downtown Crossing Station, State Street
M–F 7am–2am, Sa–Su 8am–2am
Downtown / Financial District, Boston –
Situated in the luxurious Ames Hotel in Boston's first skyscraper, Woodward is an eclectic and upscale meeting spot for the fun and fashionable. Once the headquarters for agricultural company Ames Plow, the hotel paid homage to its rich history by naming its bar for a tavern owned by Nathaniel Ames.
Chic young professionals and affluent locals will find plenty of room to relax on the sofas, banquettes, and Windsor chairs in the first floor lounge, while execs and stylish hotel guests gather at the glossy black bar or cushy leather booths to chat over unusual cocktails.
A subtle palette of grays and ivories creates a sleek and soothing atmosphere, while the marble staircase and collection of quirky tchotchkes and vintage smoking paraphernalia in the curio cabinet give a nod to the venue’s past.
Patrons in the mood to mingle and dance can head upstairs, where another bar, a smattering of sofas and cocktail tables, and a gas fireplace lend the lounge a sense of ease.
Expansive windows offering views of the Old State House and Downtown Crossing give the chatty groups of preppies something to look at as they share plates of seared tuna and duck confit flatbread on weekday evenings, while weekends see a sexy crowd of attractive young professionals and European travelers stopping in to hit the dance floor and indulge in craft cocktails.
Managing to combine its old-world tavern feel with an appealing modern twist, Woodward definitely lives up to its tagline, “Where Ben Franklin meets a supermodel.”
Fashionable young professionals, corporate and finance types, preppy post-grads, and hotel guests, late 20s to late 30s.
DJs spin old school hip-hop and Top 40 on Friday and Saturday nights, and house during the Sunday night RETOX brunch party. Otherwise, ambient classic and current rock.
Menu of sharing plates and entrées including sautéed rock shrimp, crisp pork belly, squash risotto, and monkfish tail.
Brunch/lunch $6–$25, sharing plates $12–$25, dinner $19–$32. Beer $3–$9, wine $7–$14/glass or $32–$63/bottle, cocktails $9–$15, champagne $12–$39/glass or $54–$90/bottle, growlers $25.
Dressy: suits and button-downs for the men, dresses and heels for the ladies.
Any evening for a big after-work crowd, and Friday and Saturday nights for a bustling scene.
Vintage (72 Broad Street) is a stylish lounge and tapas bar catering to the same fashionable crowd.