Workbar: A CIC Cambridge Alternative

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With an exciting community, ample event space, full amenities and modern workspaces, Workbar’s Central Square location is an ideal alternative to CIC Cambridge (Cambridge Innovation Center).

Workbar Cambridge is a two-level coworking space with unique features – ample windows, skylights, two roof decks and a large portfolio of conference rooms. Ideal for independent professionals, creatives, startups and remote teams, the space has a private 5th floor workspace and a street level members-only cafe area.

In addition to the modern layout and design features, Workbar Cambridge is a members’ favorite for its strong community and engaging event programing. From marketing workshops to spotlight interviews with some of Boston’s top leaders and from meditation sessions to cocktail hours, there is always something exciting happening at Workbar Cambridge.

The location of the space is ideal for both Cambridge locals and commuters. Workbar Cambridge stands between Harvard University and MIT, in the heart of Cambridge’s tech and innovation district. The Red Line Central Square MBTA station is steps away and there are many local and express bus lines for those travelling to and from Boston, Brighton, Allston, Somerville, Watertown, Waltham and more.

Read on to learn how Workbar Cambridge compares to the Cambridge Innovation Center One Broadway location.

Workbar Cambridge
45 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Regional Density - Access to 7 locations in Greater Boston
Coworking is all about flexibility and agility – or at least, it should be. If you choose Workbar Cambridge as the home base for your team or for your personal business, you will have access to the Workbar network including our locations in Boston, Somerville, Arlington, Salem and Burlington. Additionally, you have the option to work from any of our network partners – some of the best local coworking spaces across Massachusetts. With a membership at CIC Cambridge, on the other hand, you have access to Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston but you wouldn’t have access to a vast network of spaces in the region.
Four Modern Neighborhoods to Support Different Work Styles
If you walk into most coworking spaces in the Boston area, such as CIC Cambridge (CIC One Broadway), you will notice that they have very few common areas for coworkers to share – most of their floor design is focused on CIC office spaceprivate offices.

At Workbar, we not only offer plenty of common areas, but we have taken our open coworking spaces to the next level by separating them by noise level. We understand that not everyone works the same way, so we created four different neighborhoods within our spaces designed to support different workstyles.
1) The Cafe - A conversation-friendly area with ambient music
2) The Commons - A space designed for team collaboration, no phones allowed!
3) The Switchboard - Phone-friendly area, great for conference calls and sales teams
4) The Study - Think of this space like a library, a completely quiet are for heads-down work.
A Space Designed to Enhance Health and Wellness
Workbar Back Bay is the world’s first WELL-certified coworking space, which means that every corner of our office was carefully designed to support your wellbeing. Factors contributing to the WELL Certification of our Back Bay coworking space include our cutting-edge smart-lighting systems, WELL-managed energy efficiency and water conservation, and smart heating and cooling sensors that adjust room temperatures based upon the number of occupants in the room.
Membership Options for Tailored to Your Needs
Whether you manage a company’s operations budget or you are reinvesting your own earnings into a personal business, the last thing you want to do is overpay for workspace. So why pay a large monthly fee for a desk or office at CIC Cambridge (CIC One Broadway) if you only need to use the space a couple of times a month? At Workbar, our membership offerings include full-time and part-time access to accommodate you and your team’s unique needs. Only planning on using the space a few times? Have a part-time employee that only comes in once a week? No need to commit full-time. We offer plenty of options to ensure you only pay for the time you are using the space.
Generous Meeting Room Hours & A Modern Booking System
Some coworking spaces in the area, including Cambridge Innovation Center locations like CIC Cambridge, advertise unlimited use of meeting rooms for members. However, in a large coworking space, that is not a successful practice from an operations standpoint or from a user experience perspective. Such offering can easily become counterproductive; crowded meeting rooms and uncontrolled use of the space can leave members with no room at all to hold their meetings. At Workbar, we understand the value of having a private space to host your team gatherings or client meetings. Our meeting rooms are bookable via the company’s members-only digital platform, and can be booked well in advance. Part-time members get 5 hours/month, full-time and office space members get 10 hours/month and groups get up to 40 hours/month.
Common Areas that Facilitate Community Engagement and Interaction
While coworking has become an increasingly common term in commercial real estate, it was born as a community, collaborative solution, and at Workbar we stay true to that concept. When you visit any Workbar, you can see it includes many communal areas, and that’s because our spaces are designed to foster community engagement and facilitate member interactions. While the majority of coworking companies in the area, including Cambridge Innovation Center and CIC Cambridge, have mostly private office spaces and very few common areas open to all members, at Workbar we consider those shared spaces the heart of our coworking network.

Workbar is first and foremost a collaborative community, and we wholeheartedly believe that by nurturing connections with other members we can help you expand your network, develop your career and grow your business.
Numerous Members-Only Community Events
Most coworking companies around Boston – including CIC Cambridge (CIC One Broadway) – are known for organizing large events after work hours. However, many of these have primarily focused on hosting public events that attract non-members to the space. The Workbar events calendar, on the other hand, includes both public and members-only events each month, with a focus on professional and social events in the areas our members have expressed interest. We believe curating a strong members-only event calendar adds value to our community by facilitating interaction and socialization, and simply by making working a little more fun. Some of our members only happenings include professional development workshops and panel discussions, cooking demos, community luncheons, outings to local restaurants, craft nights, yoga and meditation sessions and more.

Features Included in Every Workbar Membership

  • Modern Meeting Room and Community Spaces
  • Engaging Events
  • Fast and Secure WiFi
  • Free Coffee, Tea and Water
  • Complimentary Fruit and Snacks
  • Access to Other Workbar Spaces in Greater Boston
  • Access Workbar’s Members-Only Digital Platform

Why Coworking Users have Chosen Workbar?

“When the company I was working for decided to relocate from Cambridge to the burbs, I thought it was time to start looking for another job. Fortunately, I was able to show them it would be worthwhile to cover my membership at Workbar and let me work remote. It was a win for both of us. I still walk to "the office" and get to work among a great community of people.”
– Paul Beltrani, Workbar Cambridge Member

“I've been working remotely for 6 years, and Workbar has been my homebase the entire time. I've stayed a member for this long because they continue to focus on building a strong and local community, all the while providing a beautiful and functional coworking space. I cannot recommend Workbar enough to anyone who is working remotely.”
– Steph Yiu, Workbar Cambridge Member

Still looking for a convenient alternative to Cambridge Innovation Center?

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