Eastern Standard

General: Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square is a hot spot from breakfast to dinner to late night drinks. Mentioned as “Swanky” when asked to describe, isn’t far from the truth. ES is pretty posh and trendy and expensive. With good drinks, comes good food, especially the seafood (as I’m told). 528 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square. www.easternstandardboston.com

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel

General: The M Bar and Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Boylston Street is quite the place for an exotic cocktail. This lounge and bar brings in hotel stayers as well as Boston locals as its diverse drink menu and selective small plates are good for everyone.

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