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Top of the Hub Lounge


It’s only partially tongue-in-cheek to say that people look up to the Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge.  After all, it is located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower in Boston’s Back Bay, somewhere in the heavens.

Aside from the breathtaking views of Boston and beyond – you can see New Hampshire on a clear day – Top of the Hub boasts a culinary excellence going back nearly half a century, and a grand tradition of hosting live jazz and dancing seven nights a week.

That makes Top of the Hub a triple treat for those who make their way to the top of the Prudential Tower to experience one of Boston’s favorite destinations. 

It’s been that way since the iconic Boston landmark opened in November 1965, says Roseanne Mercer, one of Boston’s beloved public relations mavens who represents the restaurant.  Mercer has a long-standing adoration for Top of the Hub – she got engaged there in 1976.   

She’s quick to point out the restaurant’s all-star culinary team – including Executive Chef Mark Porcaro and Executive Pastry Chef Tommy Choi – and the wonderful ambiance and customer service that greets each guest who steps off the elevator on the 52nd floor.

Once there, visitors also get to enjoy some of the city’s best nightly jazz while dining and savoring the view.   And there is no cover charge.

“We have had continuous live jazz every night and for brunch, and dancing nightly for the last 45 years,” Mercer says.  “I believe that Top of the Hub is the only location in the entire area to do so.”

She cites the talented local jazz groups performing there: Marty Ballou Trio on Monday nights, the Lee Child Group performing for Sunday brunch, and Bob Nieske, Steve Soares, Maggie Galloway, Rebecca Cline throughout the week.

“We showcase each entertainer with great pride and dedication to our local musical community,” she says.

Mercer knows something about jazz talent.  Growing up in Philadelphia, her uncle was a nightclub owner and she got to meet and hear live an era of great performers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr.

In August there’s one more reason to visit: Top of the Hub participates in the ever-popular Restaurant Week Boston (August 19-24, 26-31), which means you can sample the award-winning cuisine at reduced prices while enjoying jazz and the view.

Live Jazz at Top of The Hub

Sunday Brunch / Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday & Monday / 8:00 p.m. to Midnight

Tuesday -Thursday / 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Friday & Saturday / 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.



- by Michael P. Quinlin

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