1. Avery Bar at The Ritz-Carlton
The recently reborn Ritz-Carlton offers the best kind of classic comforts: a warm, inviting place for a stiff drink (the rye, vermouth, and toasted lemon-twisted Statehouse Liberal), a soft leather chair, and a roaring, elevated fireplace. Now if only you could do that in a bathrobe.
10 Avery St., Back Bay (617-574-7100).