Party Earth Review Right in the thick of always-booming Boylston Street, slick and trendy Forum provides a sexy respite from the hustle and bustle of one of Boston’s busiest thoroughfares. During the week, sophisticated 9-to-5ers still in... ... read full review
755 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Green Line: Copley; Orange Line: Back Bay
M–Sa 11am–1am, Su 10am–1am
Back Bay, Boston –
Right in the thick of always-booming Boylston Street, slick and trendy Forum provides a sexy respite from the hustle and bustle of one of Boston’s busiest thoroughfares.
During the week, sophisticated 9-to-5ers still in ties and heels unwind at the large center bar, sipping craft cocktails or signature “fusions” like the rum, vanilla, and mint syrup medley known as the Crimson Sky.
Mellow lounge music guards against eavesdroppers, while more than a dozen TVs keep the dapper crowd abreast of the game.
Though the weekday vibe tends to be chill – even with floor-to-ceiling doors facing busy Boylston – small groups looking for more privacy can settle into the rear alcove as they snack on the bistro menu’s chicken waffles or house-made porchetta.
Things liven up come Friday, however, as jacketed young gents and chic party girls flounce through the icy blue foyer, and the cavernous first floor fills with mobs of eye candy.
Those who need to escape the hectic scene can head upstairs, where a more intimate bar and dozens of pristine tables make up the ritzy dining room.
Brunch on the weekends, meanwhile, is an airy experience, with sunlight reflecting off the mirrors that hide the building’s support pillars, and a separate “Liquid Brunch” menu serving up inventive concoctions like Godiva liqueurs and spicy sangria.
Unlike some of the city’s more cramped bars, Forum is the ideal spot to rub elbows with classy clientele without literally colliding with them.
Dapper young professionals, well-to-do couples, conference attendees, trendy craft cocktail lovers, and sophisticated sports fans, late 20s to late 30s.
Numerous flat-screens tuned to all major sporting events. Ambient down-tempo music on weekdays, cranked up on Friday and Saturday nights.
Casual fare in the downstairs bar. Upscale, progressive, and creative American cuisine including house-made pasta, scallops, duck, chicken waffles, and burgers in the upstairs dining room. Brunch on weekends. Reservations recommended for the dining room. Downstairs is first come, first served.
Appetizers $10–$18, salads $12–$14, pasta $24–$27, entrées $23–$34 bistro menu $10–$18. Beer $4–$10, wine $8–$18/glass or $29–$250+/bottle, cocktails $10–$12.
Dressy: collared shirts, khakis, blazers, slinky dresses, high heels, dark designer jeans.
Weekdays in the early evenings to hobnob with the classy post-work posse, Friday and Saturday nights to scope out the swanky crowd over craft cocktails, or weekend days for innovative brunch drinks.
Towne Stove and Spirits (900 Boylston Street) has three beautiful dining rooms with stunning chandeliers and roaring fireplaces, four menus of bar bites, dinner, cocktails, and wine, and a similar trendy crowd.