About Us

About Us

Located on Exeter Street in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, City Bar is easily accessed from anywhere in Boston. Many must-see Boston spots are just steps away from City Bar, including Copley Square, Boston Public Library, Newbury Street Shopping and the Boston Marathon Finish Line.  The menu boasts a variety of options from fresh locally handmade burrata to the hearty brie burger.  City Bar takes pride in its blend of classic and modern cocktail offerings, with options for every palate.

City Bar’s Lenox Hotel location is perfect for all manner of special events, from intimate cocktail gatherings to bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, retirement sendoffs, and more. Our Back Bay location can accommodate 65 guests, and we feature a stylish bar plus an inviting seating area. Sleek details, like eclectic wood flooring and warm leather furnishings, make for an inviting décor. City Bar’s inventive menu is designed to inspire and delight, and we serve up some of the most exciting cocktails in Boston. For a quiet drink, a hearty meal, or just a place to relax and unwind, City Bar in the Back Bay has got you covered.


A Brooklyn native and long-time Massachusetts resident, Sean MacAlpine found his calling to cuisine in 2002 when he filled in for a chef at Coastal Passenger Schooners in Mystic, Connecticut. Sean’s experience in the kitchen is quite extensive and includes a cooking gig at Five-O Shore Road restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine, where he worked under his brother, Jonathan MacAlpine. He eventually moved back to the Boston area and opened Main Streets Market and Café in Concord, MA for dinner service.

It was 2006 when Sean met Robert Fathman, the Executive Chef at Azure (now City Table) at an open mic night in Lynn, MA. Sean gave him his phone number in case he was ever looking for cooks and a week later he received a call from Robert asking him to come in and work. From his Line Cook position, he worked up the ranks to Sous Chef, Executive Sous Chef, and eventually to Executive Chef. Sean worked as Executive Chef for many years, bringing healthy, fresh ingredients and wants to implement them into as many dishes as possible. In 2019 Sean was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage.

Azure (City Table) is also the spot where Sean met his wife, Beth. They have two children, Ben and Isla. In his spare time, Sean loves to garden and spend some quality time on the golf course.


Our Press

"Meet Sean MacAlpine of City Table, City Bar, Solas, and Lenox Hotel in Back Bay" - Boston Voyager, 2018

A Dozen Places to Drink Whiskey in Boston ~Boston.com, September 2015

"Its dark lighting and swanky, polished décor coupled with a hearty list of wines, cocktails and beers make it an ideal location for a romantic night out." -Nicole Anderson, The Culture Trip, December 2015

"Fathman's Infusions Diabolique are a series of one of kind cocktails that out pace the present infusion trend in bars around the city." ~Dish Magazine, December 2002

"Boston's Best Hotel Bar!." ~Improper Bostonian, Boston's Best, 2004

"Boston's Best Hotel Bar!." ~Improper Bostonian, Boston's Best, 2006

A-List, America's 10 Best Hotel Bars

"There was a certainly good "happy hour" vibe at City Bar, thanks in no small part to the extremely attractive - er, attentive wait staff, who were slinging drinks and flirting in equal measure. Which made us quite happy indeed." ~Linda Rodrigues, Scott Kathan, Stuff @ Night,

"While we're skeptical about chocolate milk's ability to replace electrolytes, we do have faith in the buzzworthy benefits of City Bar's Willy Wonka, a smooth chocolate-flavored vodka martini that features Godiva white and dark, swimming with white créme de cacao." ~Stuff @ Night, July 2012

"It takes a discerning palate to really get infused liquors right. City Bar makes infused liquors heavenly." ~Stuff @ Night, January 2003

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