Boston Nightlife

Boston is a Cinderella city, aglow with delights that for some end all too soon. With the T (subway and bus) making its final runs between midnight and 1 am and taxis sometimes scarce, most nightspots follow accordingly, with "last call" typically by 2 am. Though night owls may be disappointed by the meager late-night options, except in Chinatown, visitors find plenty of possibilities for stepping

out on the early side. The martini set may stroll Newbury and Boylston streets in the Back Bay or Downtown, selecting from swank restaurants, lounges, and clubs. Coffee and tea drinkers can find numerous cafés in Cambridge and Somerville, particularly Harvard and Davis squares. Beer enthusiasts often have a viable option on nearly every corner, except in Belmont, where you may have trouble finding a pub to down a pint. For dancing, Lansdowne and Boylston streets near Fenway Park have a stretch of student-oriented hangs, sports bars, brewpubs, and techno clubs. The thriving "lounge" scene in Downtown’s cooler hybrid bar-restaurant-clubs provides a mellower, more mature alternative to the student-focused indie clubs. Tourists crowd Faneuil Hall for its pubs, comedy club, and dance spots. The South and North ends, as well as Cambridge and Somerville, cater to the "dinner-and-drinks" set, while those seeking rock clubs should explore Allston, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge, especially Central Square. College-owned concert halls host homegrown and visiting ensembles nightly. Prominent among these are Harvard University’s Sanders Theater, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Berklee’s Performance Center, and Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center.

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The Publick House

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

While it makes a great restaurant, it makes an even better beer bar, with more than 175 beers on offer. A separate taproom on site, called...

The Sevens Ale House

  • Bars/Pubs

This vintage bar is an easygoing alternative to Beacon Hill's tony stuffiness, with its dark tones, simple bar setup, dart board, well-poured...


  • Bars/Pubs

Bands, beers, and burgers sum up this amiable little club attached to Christopher's. The bar is maple, the toads are ceramic. Nightly...

Top of the Hub

  • Bars/Pubs

At 52 floors up, this in-the-clouds lounge has incomparable views embracing Boston Harbor, Back Bay, Logan Airport, and the far suburbs.

Trident Booksellers & Café

  • Cafes–Nightlife

Browse an eccentric collection of books and magazines at this crowded, pleasant café, then have coffee or tea while you read. This is...


  • Dance Clubs

This five-story Euro-chic townhouse attracts a mature, upscale crowd for its many delights. Above two formal dining rooms—Umbria serving...


  • Dance Clubs

International jet-setters, weekend warriors, and clubby wannabes converge on this outpost evoking Miami's South Beach. It may not be...

Wally's Café

  • Music Clubs

A rare gem for jazz and blues fans, Wally's Café was founded in 1947 and is the oldest continuously operating family-owned jazz club...

Warren Tavern

  • Bars/Pubs

Massachusetts' oldest watering hole, rebuilt in 1780, was frequented by Paul Revere; even George Washington had a few drinks here. Today...

West Side Lounge

  • Bars/Pubs

Hip patrons haunt this low-key bar for its amiable ambiance, delicious comfort food, comprehensive cocktail list, and effortless late-night...