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. Microbrew enthusiasts find viable options at sports bars and brewpubs, especially near campuses and sports arenas. For dancing, Lansdowne and Boylston streets near Fenway Park have a stretch of student-friendly hangs, DJ rooms, and techno clubs. The thriving "lounge" scene in Downtown’s cooler hybrid bar-restaurant-clubs provides a mellower, more mature alternative to the collegiate indie clubs. Tourists crowd Faneuil Hall for its pubs, comedy spots, and dance scenes. 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 and Cambridge, especially Central Square. College-owned concert halls regularly host homegrown and visiting ensembles. Prominent among these are Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Berklee College of Music’s Performance Center, MIT's Kresge Auditorium, and Agganis Arena at Boston University.

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The Trophy Room

  • Bars/Pubs

This gay sports bar is popular with the local after-work crowd and the sports teams that it sponsors. Casually dressed locals drop by...


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

Top of the Hub

  • Bars/Pubs

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

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 glittery dungeon evoking Miami's South Beach. It may...

Wally's Café

  • Music Clubs

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

Warren Tavern

  • Bars/Pubs

This venerable Colonial-era watering hole, rebuilt in 1780, was frequented by Paul Revere; even George Washington had a few drinks here.

West Side Lounge

  • Bars/Pubs

Hip patrons haunt this low-key bar for its amiable ambience, delicious comfort food, comprehensive cocktail list ($9), and effortless...

Whiskey Saigon

  • Dance Clubs

With its rich red velvet and crystal chandeliers, this recent upgrade to the former Gypsy Bar calls to mind the decadence of a dark European...


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