Party Earth Review Tucked beneath the historic Copley Square Hotel, Storyville may have the same name as the preeminent jazz joint that occupied the space in the 1950s, but this new incarnation adds a modern dance flair and a focus on New... ... read full review
Copley Square Hotel
90 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116
Green Line: Copley
Orange Line: Back Bay
Lounge: W–Sa 6pm–2am, Su 10pm–2am
Club: Th–Sa 9pm–2am, Su 10pm–2am
Back Bay, Boston –
Tucked beneath the historic Copley Square Hotel, Storyville may have the same name as the preeminent jazz joint that occupied the space in the 1950s, but this new incarnation adds a modern dance flair and a focus on New Orleans-style cocktails.
Gussied-up guests entering the venue file past a prominent print of Billie Holiday – a nod to the album she recorded here – before descending into the sultry Bordello Room, a lounge area with a distinct speakeasy vibe thanks to the overstuffed leather booths, vintage wooden bar, and walls covered in red damask.
Mellow background music and a jazz band on Wednesdays set the tone as trendy professionals sample upscale plates like Moon Shoal oysters kimchi sauce and smoked bacon, while hip, cultured couples chat over everything from classic Sazeracs to tiki-like Test Pilots.
Come 9pm, the adjacent club space usually opens and the traffic on the stairs swarms with patrons in little black dresses and collared shirts as they head straight to the ultramodern dance floor.
In total contrast to the lounge, this spacious room is swathed in neon red and features two bars along the walls and a handful of bottle service tables arranged down the middle. Craft cocktails in hand, dapper duos sway to DJ mash-ups, Motown, and Top 40, though anyone looking for a quieter vibe can simply pop back to Bordello – so long as there’s room.
One part living history lounge and one part futuristic dance club, Storyville is a perfect marriage of retro class and present-day sass.
In a dark club, it’s often difficult to flag down your server when you’re ready to cash out. Not so at Storyville. Just press a button on the inside of the check jacket and the Fleur-de-Lis on the front will light up, a much more dignified way of getting your server’s attention than waving your hands in the air.
Fashionable professionals, in-the-know foodies, craft cocktail fans, sophisticated party girls, jazz lovers, and anyone in the mood for a more refined club experience, late 20s to mid-30s.
DJ spins club mash-ups with Top 40 sprinkled in on the club side. Live jazz on Wednesdays in the Bordello Room. Occasional live performances on other nights. Check venue calendar for lineup.
Extravagant small plates for sharing, including grilled oysters, steak Wellington, and lobster. Take-out available until midnight. Unlike most Boston venues, Storyville leaves the bottle at the table for guests who order bottle service.
No cover charge. Appetizers $7–$15, entrées $8–$17. Beer $5–$7, wine $9–$18, cocktails $10–$12, champagne $110–$225+/bottle, bottle service $300–$425+ (for six-to-ten guests).
Dressy: designer dresses, sky-high heels, sparkly accessories, crisp collared shirts, suit jackets, dress pants.
Wednesday nights for live jazz or Friday and Saturday nights for artisan cocktails and holding someone close on the packed dance floor.
minibar (51 Huntington Avenue), also housed in the Copley Square Hotel, boasts the same craft cocktails and plush couches as the lounge side of Storyville, but has a more modern interior.