Step Into My Office: 10 Best Creative Work Spaces in Boston
With the ubiquity of Wi-Fi and mobile technology, it’s becoming increasingly common for people to abandon their cubes for a less traditional, more scenic and social workplace alternative. Here we highlight some of our favorite internet-connected places to tackle your to-do list around town.
If you pride yourself on being socially conscious and are looking to contribute your working dollars toward a greater good while also making your way through a mountain of work, Neighborhoods is the place for you. A progressive coffee and crepe shop, Neighborhoods sources all of its organic products locally and proceeds from selected vendors go toward a “Cause of the Month.” On a nice day, pull up a seat at the sunny street-side patio and do some people watching with your paperwork.
If you’d like a pint of beer with your emails, Miracle of Science is the best place to clean out your inbox. We’re not advocating sending emails while you drink, (No! Not Reply All!) but a little post-work celebration is sometimes in order. Friendly bartenders, good eats, and a laid back environment make MoS one of the better bars from which to manage your business.
A Fenway favorite, Pavement offers a few different locations to get stuff done for the caffeine connoisseur, promising coffee brewed with care in a low-key, but social environment. Get down to work amid the low hum of casual chit chat and the buzz and hiss of the espresso machine.
Channel the energy of scholars and achievers past at the Boston Public Library. If absolute quiet is paramount for your concentration, cozy up among the stacks and green lanterns in Bates Hall and take periodic breathers at one of the café tables in the little-known sanctuary of the inner courtyard.
Hojoko, in The Verb Hotel, might be one of the hippest spots that you’ll dock your laptop. Enjoy a cozy seat at the bar or spread out at one of the tables on the covered patio and enjoy the eclectic crowd while you knock out your next client pitch. If you finish early, you can always stow the laptop and enjoy a nice dip during The Verb Hotel’s open pool hours. You'll have to rent a room, however: The Verb pool is only for hotel guests.
If you’re missing a more traditional office setting, but still value an open concept, WeWork is worth exploring. For a fee, members can take advantage of the copious shared work space amenities (arcades! bocce ball courts!) and networking events for when your cat can’t be considered a co-worker anymore.
Located right in the hub of tech-savvy Kendall Square, Firebrand Saints offers a spacious and innovative interior to get your creative juices flowing. On a nice day, enjoy a seat on their sprawling patio and soak up the sun while you tap into the energy of the entrepreneurial crowds.
8. Sweet Cheeks
Nothing goes better with a deadline than a little progressive barbecue. Sweet Cheeks is a warm and “easy” environment, offering plenty of wide-open work space and low-level sound to help you tackle your deliverables. With a side of ribs. And maybe a cocktail.
There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee and hearty sandwich to fuel you up for long work day. Darwin’s offers several locations for customers to post up and dig in. Work here and you’ll fast become one of the regulars at this community-minded cafe.
10. The Esplanade
It’s okay. You can do it. Shut your phone off. Leave your laptop at home. Take a notebook, a blanket, a sandwich and hit The Esplanade. Let nature, fresh air and the cute person on the bicycle guide you to your next great big idea.
What about you, mobile friends? Where do you clock in every day?