Cambridge & Boston coworking: WorkBar & Idea Space
Coworking spaces are the remote worker’s office—and sometimes much more. “It’s a place where members (and visitors!) can connect with people in complementary industries, tap into a variety of unique perspectives, and grow their businesses into successful companies,” says Lauren VanElsander Mearn, founder of Idea Space, a coworking space I was lucky to review in Boston.
Though I could only make it to two in my schedule, many have the usual amenities:
- Fast, secure wifi
- Printer, scanner, fax machine
- Phone rooms
- Meeting rooms of various sizes
- Coffee and snacks in their kitchen spaces
The spots I visited highlight Boston’s entrepreneurial scene, and are a great resource for out-of-towners who need better facilities than their hotel provides. I’m hoping to keep profiling and sharing coworking spots for your (and my!) convenience as I come upon them.
Idea Space (867 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA) is a spot with many of the same amenities like a receptionist, in the Back Bay area. A day pass is $30, and a week is $100. There’s also part-time membership and other options for those not around for often, or for very long. It’s a clean space with some muted colors and an elegant vibe.
WorkBar (711 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA) has been near the Boston South Station since 2012, and has a year-old Cambridge space as well. I loved the numerous bright spaces with different purposes—from the exercise bike/desk to a “fun” room to work in, and various conference rooms. They boast a full calendar of events and a network of nearby Boston and Cambridge locations in case the original two aren’t convenient. It’s $30/day, and $125/month with a 5-day week.