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Storyville Storyville in Boston's Back Bay is one part modern club and one part sultry speakeasy lounge. Read up on this multifaceted Boston space at Party Earth. Boston United States 42.348251 -71.078816
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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

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    Green Line: Copley
    Orange Line: Back Bay

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  • Hours:

    Lounge: W–Sa 6pm–2am, Su 10pm–2am
    Club: Th–Sa 9pm–2am, Su 10pm–2am

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Party Earth Storyville Review

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Storyville in Boston's Back Bay is one part modern club and one part sultry speakeasy lounge. Read up on this multifaceted Boston space at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

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.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy: designer dresses, sky-high heels, sparkly accessories, crisp collared shirts, suit jackets, dress pants.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday nights for live jazz or Friday and Saturday nights for artisan cocktails and holding someone close on the packed dance floor.

  • Close By

    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.

Storyville User Reviews

Average rating:
Always a good time!
Privie A. Sep 1, 2013
GO HERE if you haven't already, guaranteed good time! Been an essential nightclub in Boston for years, and now you can get in with reduced cover by getting on the guestlist using Privie (, Boston's own nightlife app!
Fun club that has historic vibes
Michael S. Apr 1, 2013
Storyville pays homage to this country's greatest Jazz singers of the 1940s and -50s and is named after Billie Holiday's live albums that she made at the original Storyville club in Boston in 1951 and 1953. The underground club is dimmed and gives off a romantic vibe. The menu is pricey but features high quality meats and seafood. Storyville is a great place to bring your date or to meet someone new.
Elegant Debauchery
Josh S. Mar 3, 2013
Storyville is a mix between historic décor and trendy youth culture that allows for a universal appeal. Down the stairs to the basement, one is hit with the blaring bass thumping from the floor and the sleek flourescent lights on the celing. There is a balance between structured class and uninhibited debauchery that melds two generations together on the dance floor. While college students wish to give their weekend an elegant upgrade, thirtysomethings are yearning for the days where they can let loose without having to go to a hole in the wall. Each room matches the tastes of the varied crowd; from top 40 to old school hip hop. Unfortunately for those who wish to stand and talk with a beer in their hands, this is not the place. While plush couches (that may eat your phone and keys, beware!) line the walls and give wallflowers a place to park for the night, conversation is almost impossible with the groovy tunes blasting from every direction. In terms of dancing, anything goes at Storyville. Whether it's twerking on the wall or just a simple boogie in the middle of the crowd, any moves are allowed. For the most part, the club goers are dressed for success, giving everyone permission to let loose, because hey, at least they look nice doing it! Storyville provides a classy venue for a night full of unclassy acts, so you can feel better about what occurred between these Victorian style walls.
Classy Underground
Derry G. Feb 19, 2013
Aside from Storyville's history which literally instantly makes it one of the coolest places - an homage to anyone who cares even only socially about Billie Holiday - yes she actually recorded an album there - the appeal that Storyville goes for is truly unlike any where else. Behind the entry way doors there is a photograph of a famous prostitute from New Orleans ... the door guy was like "this portrait is rare because most prostitutes would have their faces etched out in photographs ... it's very unusual to have one posing like she's being featured on the pages of Vogue, and this is just part of the magic of Storyville." When the bouncer is giving you a history lesson, you know you're in a Boston hotspot. The New Orleans themed underground club is dark and lit up with red. i come out of the bathroom and my date has ordered me a St. germain cocktail - its gold glows like an ember within which is a fizzing maraschino cherry. The fleur de lis is artfully juxtaposed at almost every injunction - my date and I relax in the oversized high leather chairs and chat casually with the bartenders who are all low maintenance sexy. The strobe light by the bar foretells a crazy party ahead - alas my date has to wake up early in the morning so we didn't get much more of the scene than this: Ladies in twos look good in classy dresses or black, and packs of men tap toes by the loud speakers. DJ is blasting Gangsta rap, Gangsta soul, and current R&B. Come to Storyville if you want to party like a legend.
A classy disappointment
Cory S. Dec 12, 2012
I went to Storyville recently with a few friends. There was no cover, so I was expecting something completely different than what was reality. As you walk down the stairs off Boylston street you enter into what looks to be a waiting room. The lighting is dim, there are a few chairs scattered, and the walls are covered in a very interesting design of contrasting colors. From here you can enter into one of three rooms, all with completely different atmospheres. The room to the left as you walk in was playing Top 40. The room in the center was playing house music , and the room on your immediate right was playing classic hiphop. Each room had it's own bar, although one thing they all had in common was the fact they had no draft beer. This place was very unique, I really enjoyed the up-scale atmosphere and the ambiance. Everyone here was dressed up, and carried themselves well(for the most part). With the intriguing theme aside, Storyville has all the characteristics of a dance club, yet no one dances. The music is also too loud to have a conversation. The drinks are also very pricey, but since there is no cover I would definitely recommend checking it out, if for no other reason than the decor itself.
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