As our friends in New York like to remind us, Boston isn't known for its nightlife. But forget the naysayers and check out these happening bars that are within walking distance from the hotel.

Lucky's Lounge
355 Congress St.
The subterranean Lucky's Lounge is easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled. Modeled after a 1950s lounge with plenty of red vinyl and red lighting, Lucky's features great live music and "Sinatra night" on Sundays.

348 Congress St.
Right across the street from Lucky's is another bar you might not know is there, but it seems like many Bostonians have gotten the memo about Drink's supremely knowledgeable bar staff. Drink can draw a line, but one sip of their handcrafted cocktails and it becomes clear what all the fuss is about. The bar doesn't provide a written drink list, so come prepared with the name of your favorite spirit, or leave it up to the bartenders. They're the experts!

Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave.
Boston's own Harpoon Brewery has now expanded to include a 300-seat German-style beer hall replete with dozens of their finest offerings on tap and soft pretzels for snacking. Tours of the brewery are available 7 days a week from 12-6pm.

Sam's at Louis Boston
60 Northern Ave.
On a hot summer night, Sam's roof deck offers a welcome reprieve from the stickiness. Since it is situated over the clothing boutique Louis Boston, you can browse racks of couture one minute and be overlooking the water with a drink in hand the next.

510 Atlantic Ave.
It's safe to say that RumBa is Boston's only Rum and Champagne bar. Located in the upscale Intercontinental Hotel, RumBa offers high end cocktails celebrating this key component of Boston's early trade history.

Atlantic Beer Garden/Whiskey Priest
146/150 Northern Ave.
These sister restaurants/bars—one themed a sports bar, the other an Irish pub—butt against each other along the water. Each includes a roof deck, outdoor waterside seating, and weekend dance party (DJs at Atlantic Beer Garden; cover bands at Whiskey Priest).