Members Only – 8 Boston Based Private Social Clubs

By The Carucci Group, Posted December 8, 2016

Michael Carucci’s clients move to Boston from all around the world. As such, we work hard to help acclimate their families to the city in many different ways. One way in which our concierge team assists is in referring incoming families to some of the most elite private social clubs in the city. Such settings offer an opportunity for clients to unwind, create relationships, and network. Here are eight well established private social clubs in Boston.

The Harvard Club of Boston
The Back Bay Clubhouse at 374 Commonwealth Ave and The Downtown Clubhouse at One Federal Street

This club was founded in 1908. It is open to Harvard alums, employees, and their relatives. As well, alums of Yale, MIT, and Fletcher School at Tufts, are offered membership opportunities through reciprocal club agreements.

The College Club of Boston
44 Commonwealth Ave.

The College Club of Boston is the oldest women’s college club in the United States. The Club’s Victorian brownstone is also host to a wide variety of events and is available for both member and non-member use. This property also serves as a historic eleven-room bed and breakfast in Boston’s Back Bay.

University Club of Boston
40 Trinity Place.

Founded in 1891, The University Club is a social and athletic club offering fitness, squash, and aquatic facilities, in addition to the social club, business lounge, and dining facilities.

The Algonquin Club
217 Commonwealth Ave.

This club provides extensive social facilities for its members and guests to whom club privileges have been duly granted, in accordance with the House Rules. Members and their spouses frequently entertain their personal friends, civic, business, professional or committee associates and others by using these facilities for meetings, conferences, luncheons, cocktails, dinner parties, private lectures and entertainment dances and receptions.

St. Botolph Club
199 Commonwealth Ave.

Founded in 1880, this Club continues to serve its founding purpose as a place for those with a love of the arts, sciences and humanities to gather and converse. The club’s foundation gives away approximately $75,000 a year in grants to young New England musicians, painters, poets, and writers.

Union Club of Boston
8 Park St.

The Union Club of Boston was founded in 1863 to bolster support for the Union cause during the critical days of the American Civil War. Early members included prominent Bostonians whose impact is still felt today – Charles Frances Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Murray Forbes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Josiah Quincy. The club continues to bring together men and women who are leaders in their businesses and professions in a downtown Boston setting steeped in tradition, yet fully contemporary.

Somerset Club
42 Beacon St.

The stone wall with security ­detail out front underscores this club’s reputation as one of the more difficult to get into. In fact, the only way to become a member is through invitation or a connection to a current Somerset member.

Club of Odd Volumes
77 Mount Vernon St.

Founded in 1887, The Club of Odd Volumes is a private social club and society of bibliophiles. The club has a substantial library of antiquarian books and an archive of letterpress printing. The collection, only accessible by club members, has about 2,200 titles