Workbar: A WeWork Boston Alternative

Looking for a Smart Workspace in the heart of Boston?


Merging luxury, convenience and wellness, Workbar’s location in Back Bay is the world’s first and only WELL-certified coworking space.

With ample windows and plenty of natural light, ergonomic furniture and an exciting member base made of our some of the city’s coolest companies, Workbar Back Bay is a great alternative to WeWork Boston (WeWork St James).

Upon opening in January 2018, Workbar Back Bay underwent a meticulous process to become certified by the WELL Building Standard, a global community leading the movement to make buildings healthier and to use design to support wellness. So you can be sure every corner of the modern space was carefully crafted to ensure you feel better at work.

Located in the heart of Back Bay, steps from the Public Garden and the Green Line’s Arlington MBTA station, Workbar Back Bay is near some Boston’s best spots such as Copley Square, the Public Library, Newbury Street, Hynes Convention Center, and more.

Workbar Back Bay
399 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02111

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Regional Density - Access to Other Locations in Greater Boston
Coworking is a growing trend in the commercial real estate world because it allows for flexibility and agility. When you work from Workbar, you choose your home location, and you still have the opportunity to visit other Workbar locations when you need to – our network includes spaces in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington and Burlington. Additionally, you get access to our network partners – some of the best local coworking spaces across Massachusetts.

On the contrary, when you sign up for a desk or office at WeWork Boston, where you must work from your chosen WeWork location every day – in this case WeWork St James in Back Bay.
Four Modern Neighborhoods to Support Different Work Styles
One of the biggest and most crucial differences between Workbar and other coworking spaces in the area, like WeWork Boston (WeWork St James), is the layout of our locations. At Workbar, we understand that not everyone works the same way, that is why we designed our spaces in neighborhoods that 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.

Whether you choose to start the day in the cafe, or meet with your team in the commons, you can be sure that every Workbar is designed to support productivity, efficiency and interaction.
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
Only need to visit your coworking space a couple of times a month? No problem, our memberships adjust to your needs, and not vice versa. Why pay a large monthly fee for a hot desk at WeWork Boston or WeWork Back Bay if you only need to use it a few times? At Workbar, we offer full-time and part-time options to accommodate you and your team – because no matter if you are startup founder or a full-time consultant, nobody likes to overpay for workspace.
Generous Meeting Room Hours & A Modern Booking System
If you have been looking for a coworking space in the city, you probably already know that many coworking operators limit the conference room hours included in each membership – some, like WeWork Boston, even aim to charge members extra to use conference rooms at peak hours.

At Workbar, we understand the value of having a private space to meet with your team or host a client, so we give our members a generous allotment of meeting room hours included in a membership. 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 most companies offering coworking options in the city, including WeWork St. James, have a large inventory of private office spaces and very few common areas open to all members, at Workbar we prioritize those shared spaces.

Why? Because community is at the forefront of our mission and we want to ensure our space layout is testimony to that. Our locations were designed to help you achieve more, and we 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 include events in their offering, however, most coworking spaces in Boston, including WeWork Boston and WeWork Back Bay, have a primarily focus on hosting public events that attract non-members to the space. At Workbar, we have developed an events calendar highlighting both public and members-only events each month. Our community managers put on exclusive members-only events that include both professional events such as lunch and learn activities and panel discussions as well as social happenings like community lunches, birthday celebrations, game nights, cooking classes, yoga and meditation session and more.
A Local Space with Insider Knowledge of the Community
Workbar started in Boston in 2009 and our team is proud to be part of the city’s original coworking space. As a local born-and-bred company, we know the ins and outs of the city’s tech and innovation scene and that reflects on every aspect of our business, including our events programming, our partnerships, our perk partners program 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?

“I love that there are a lot of windows in the space, bringing in tons of natural light. I really like the variety of communal workspaces that are available to members, both within the Back Bay location as well as at some of the other locations I occasionally visit. It's nice to have that variety, because a change of scenery can really spark creativity.”
– Lulu Young, Workbar Back Bay Member

“Our team enjoys being able to seat on the different environments depending on what the tasks they are looking to complete – they find it increases their productivity. For those of us who have to meet with clients frequently, it is very convenient to have the opportunity to work from different Workbars located in different parts of the city. This is one of the selling points that got us into Workbar. In other states where we have employees, we are members of a different coworking company, but we are waiting for Workbar to go national!”
— Ludovico Fontana, Workbar Back Bay Member

Want to explore the world’s first WELL-certified coworking space?

Stop by Workbar Back Bay, a great alternative to WeWork St. James. At the space you will meet our community team and see why companies of all sizes and across multiple industries, freelancers, startups and remote workers have chosen to build their business from our space.

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