Nightlife & the Arts in Boston

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Nightlife Overview
Name Category Location
 
1369 Coffeehouse
Quirky characters rub elbows with book-writing...
Cafes Cambridge
 
21st Amendment
Named after the amendment that ended Prohibition,...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Alden & Harlow
This elegant subterranean haunt adjacent to...
Bars Cambridge
 
Alley
Several watering holes, packed into one cozy...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
American Repertory Theater
New director Diane Paulus at the helm is edging...
Theater Boston
 
Art of Black Dance and Music
The peripatetic, self-producing Art of Black...
Dance Boston
 
Bank of America Celebrity Series
This series presents about 50 signature events...
Concerts Boston
 
Bank of America Pavilion
Up to 5,000 people gather on the waterfront for...
Concerts Boston
 
Battery Lounge
This comfy but dazzling waterfront bar in...
Piano Bars / Lounges The North End
 
Beantown Pub
Right on the Freedom Trail, this is the only...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Beehive
A jazz-lover's dream deep in the South End, the...
Music Clubs South End
 
Bell in Hand Tavern
The country's oldest continuously operating pub...
Bars Government Center
 
Berklee Performance Center
The main stage for the internationally renowned...
Concerts Boston
 
Bill's Bar & Lounge
Music, both from DJs and live, plays Thursday...
Music Clubs The Fenway
 
Black Rose
Very much like a Dublin pub, the Black Rose is...
Bars Government Center
 
Bond Restaurant and Lounge
One of the hottest bars in the city, the stylish...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
BosTix
This Ticketmaster outlet has two locations that...
Tickets Boston
 
Boston Ballet
The city's premier dance company performs at the...
Dance Boston
 
Boston Baroque
Founded by conductor Martin Pearlman as...
Music Boston
 
Boston Beer Works
This is a "naked brewery," with all the works...
Bars The Fenway
 
Boston Beer Works
Located near the TD Garden, this BBW branch...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Boston Camerata
Founded in 1954, Boston Camerata has achieved...
Music Boston
 
Boston Cecilia
Founded in 1876, this choral group holds regular...
Music Boston
 
Boston Center for the Arts
Comprising more than a dozen quirky resident,...
Theater Boston
 
Boston Chamber Music Society
Under artistic directors Marcus Thompson and...
Music Boston
 
Boston Common Coffee Company
This North End independent outlet of the Boston...
Cafes The North End
 
Boston Dance Alliance
This serves as a clearinghouse for local dance...
Dance Boston
 
Boston Early Music Festival
Over 15,000 dyed-in-the-wool early-music devotees...
Music Boston
 
Boston Early Music Festival
This festival is focused on medieval, baroque,...
Music Boston
 
Boston Gay Men's Chorus
With an aim to "create a more tolerant society...
Music Boston
 
Boston Lyric Opera
At Citi Performing Arts Center's Schubert...
Opera Boston
 
Boston Opera House
The glittering, regilded Boston Opera House hosts...
Concerts Boston
 
Boston Opera House
The meticulously renovated 2,500-seat, beaux arts...
Theater Boston
 
Boston Philharmonic
The charismatic Benjamin Zander—whose signature...
Music Boston
 
Boston Pops
Under the agile baton of Keith Lockhart, Boston...
Music Boston
 
Boston Public Library
The beautiful and beloved Boston Public Library...
Film Boston
 
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Composed of principal members of the Boston...
Music Boston
 
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1881, The Boston Symphony is one of...
Music Boston
 
Brattle Theatre
A classic moviegoer's iconic den with 230 seats,...
Film Boston
 
Brighton Music Hall
This venue connected with Paradise offers nightly...
Music Clubs Allston
 
Broadway Across America—Boston
This organization brings Broadway shows to...
Tickets Boston
 
Bukowski Tavern
This narrow barroom has a literary flair and more...
Bars Back Bay
 
Burren
Your true-emerald Irish music pub pulls in...
Bars Cambridge
 
Cactus Club
One of the few places in Boston that make a...
Bars Back Bay
 
Café Algiers
This genuine Middle Eastern café serves pita...
Cafes Cambridge
 
Caffe Vittoria
The glorious matriarch of North End cafés,...
Cafes The North End
 
Cambridge Brewing Company
This collegial, cavernous microbrewery has been...
Bars Cambridge
 
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Presenting local and visiting arts programs and...
Dance Boston
 
Cambridge Society for Early Music
This group has presented early-music performances...
Music Boston
 
Cantab Lounge/Third Rail
This place hums every night with live bands...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Cantata Singers
Celebrating its 50th season, Cantata Singers...
Music Boston
 
Champions Sports Bar
This bar calls all sports fans (rabid, yet...
Bars Back Bay
 
Charles Playhouse
The 1839 vintage Charles Playhouse—in its day a...
Theater Boston
 
Cheers
This pub was dismantled in England, shipped to...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Cheers
This outpost in Faneuil Hall was established in...
Bars Government Center
 
Chez Henri
Enjoy a hip after-work scene at this Franco-Cuban...
Bars Cambridge
 
Chorus Pro Musica
This dynamic chorus, tackling classics (Bach,...
Music Clubs Boston
 
Citi Performing Arts Center
This performance space complex is dedicated to...
Theater Boston
 
Clerys
Open-windowed, multiroomed Clerys can be your...
Bars South End
 
Club Café
This smart multiroom club-cum-restaurant for...
Bars South End
 
Club Passim
Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Jim Kweskin's...
Cafes Cambridge
 
Comedy Connection
This pretty white-and-gold spot, now more than...
Comedy Clubs Boston
 
Comedy Studio
Located upstairs at the Hong Kong in Harvard...
Comedy Clubs Cambridge
 
Coolidge Corner Theatre
This lovingly restored Art Deco theater...
Film Boston
 
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
This theater linked to Emerson's adjacent...
Theater Boston
 
Dado Tea
The new-age feel here starts with organic teas...
Cafes Cambridge
 
Dance Complex
Performances (and classes and workshops) by local...
Dance Boston
 
Dante
The Royal Sonesta Hotel houses Dante, a...
Bars Cambridge
 
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
This is a long-time neighborhood soul-food and...
Piano Bars / Lounges South End
 
Delux Café & Lounge
This unpretentious, cozy bar on a quiet corner...
Bars South End
 
Dick's Doherty's Comedy Den
Dick Doherty's Comedy Den, tucked away under...
Comedy Clubs Boston
 
Diesel Cafe
This bright and sunny spot with bold local...
Cafes Cambridge
 
Discovery Ensemble
Youthful, energetic, and full of surprises,...
Music Clubs Boston
 
Doyle's Cafe
Truly an institution since 1892—and the first...
Bars Jamaica Plain
 
Drink
Perhaps the most exciting cocktail lounge to...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Druid
You can feel like you're in Dublin here, with...
Bars Cambridge
 
Durgin-Park
Steeped in history since 1828 and serving Yankee...
Bars Government Center
 
Emmanuel Music
Concerts occur at Emmanuel Church, known as "the...
Music Boston
 
Estate
In the Alley entertainment complex, The Estate...
Music Clubs Boston
 
Felt
Dress to impress; once past the velvet ropes, you...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Flat Top Johnny's
In a mixed commercial and high-tech business...
Gathering Places Cambridge
 
Folk Arts Center of New England
This center promotes participatory international...
Dance Boston
 
Fours
Just outside the TD Garden, the Four's, all for...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Franklin Café
Like its sister South End gastropub, Franklin is...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Franklin Café
This neighborhood institution is known for great...
Bars South End
 
Fritz Lounge
This gay sports bar is popular with the local...
Bars South End
 
Good Life
This creative bar mixes exotic martinis and...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Great Scott
Crowds of cool Allston students and greater...
Music Clubs Allston
 
Green Dragon Tavern
Less rowdy than its Faneuil Hall neighbors, this...
Bars Government Center
 
Grendel's Den
This quintessential grad-student hangout is...
Bars Cambridge
 
Gypsy Bar
With its rich red velvet and crystal chandeliers,...
Dance Clubs Boston
 
Handel & Haydn Society
America's oldest music organization, staging...
Music Boston
 
Hard Rock Cafe
This famed chain draws rock music and memorabilia...
Music Clubs Government Center
 
Harp
Find a crowded, rollicking atmosphere at this...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Harvard Film Archive
Screening independent, foreign, classic, and...
Film Boston
 
Hatch Memorial Shell
On the bank of the Charles River, this wonderful...
Concerts Boston
 
Havana Club
At the Greek American Political Club in Central...
Dance Clubs Cambridge
 
Hennessy's
Arguably the best Irish pub in town, Hennessy's...
Bars Government Center
 
Hong Kong
A rowdy party destination since 1989, the Kong's...
Bars Government Center
 
House of Blues
Around the corner from Fenway Park and girded...
Music Clubs The Fenway
 
Howl at the Moon
Dueling pianos and singers lure in bachelorettes...
Piano Bars / Lounges Downtown Boston
 
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston's largest resident theater company...
Theater Boston
 
ImprovAsylum
Comedians weave audience suggestions into shows...
Comedy Clubs The North End
 
ImprovBoston
This Central Square venue flips audience cues...
Comedy Clubs Cambridge
 
Independent
In Somerville's Union Square, this comfortable...
Bars Cambridge
 
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The waterfront location and modern design are...
Film Boston
 
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
This institute hosts experimental jazz and world...
Concerts Boston
 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Renzo Piano's stunning extension and renovation...
Concerts Boston
 
J.J. Foley's Bar & Grill
This family-owned, century-old, no-frills Irish...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Jacque's Cabaret
There's nothing traditional about Jacque's...
Cabaret Boston
 
Jillian's Boston
Often called the city's best (and certainly...
Gathering Places The Fenway
 
John Harvard's Brew House
A convivial gathering place for the neighboring...
Bars Cambridge
 
Johnny D's Uptown
This is as close as Boston gets to a rural...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
José Mateo's Ballet Theatre
This troupe is building an exciting, contemporary...
Dance Boston
 
Jose McIntyre's
Satisfy your double craving for a margarita and a...
Bars Government Center
 
Kendall Square Cinema
This cinema's nine screens are devoted to...
Film Boston
 
Kinsale
Deconstructed in Ireland piece by piece, the...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Kitty O'Shea's
The bar and fireplace here, as well as the...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Last Hurrah
The mahogany club chairs and silver-tray service...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Limelight Stage + Studios
Sing privately or go big time: bold karaoke...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Live Nation
This Ticketmaster outlet handles tickets for...
Tickets Boston
 
Living Room
On the edge of the North End, this upscale bar...
Bars The North End
 
Lizard Lounge
Low-key Lizard Lounge is a subterranean nightspot...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Lucky's Lounge
This is a subterranean dive with gritty charisma....
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Lyric Stage Company Boston
This company mounts a top-notch mix of...
Theater Boston
 
Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
This nightclub has balanced its kebab-and-falafel...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Middlesex Lounge
The minimalist design of a New York lounge...
Bars Cambridge
 
Midway Café
This very popular Jamaica Plain café books a...
Music Clubs Jamaica Plain
 
Museum of Fine Arts
Cinema has held its rightful place among the...
Film Boston
 
Museum of Fine Arts
Enjoy jazz, blues, and folk concerts in the...
Concerts Boston
 
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
One of the world's acoustic treasures, New...
Concerts Boston
 
Noir
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn would feel at...
Bars Cambridge
 
Oak Long Bar & Kitchen
This flagship bar in the 1912 Fairmont Copley...
Bars Back Bay
 
Ocean Club at Marina Bay
New England's largest summer outdoor dance club...
Dance Clubs Downtown Boston
 
Odyssey Opera of Boston
The former Boston Opera Company under new...
Music Clubs Boston
 
Orleans
This bar in Davis Square has floor-to-ceiling...
Bars Cambridge
 
Orpheum Theatre
A music hall since 1852, The Orpheum Theatre...
Concerts Boston
 
Outpost 186
This underground (actually back-alley) arts and...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Paradise Rock Club
This iconic bandbox near Boston University is...
Music Clubs Allston
 
The Plough and the Stars
This genuine Irish pub has doubled as a bohemian...
Bars Cambridge
 
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
This is one of the rarest cooperatively run...
Music Boston
 
The Publick House
While it makes a great restaurant, it makes an...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens Boston
 
Ramrod & Machine
The granddaddy of Boston gay bars, Ramrod has...
Dance Clubs The Fenway
 
Rattlesnake Bar and Grill
Half a block off the Public Garden, this lively...
Bars Back Bay
 
Red Room @ Cafe 939
By day a Berklee College coffee and snack bar,...
Cafes Back Bay
 
Regattabar
Once the go-to club for name jazz acts,...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
River Gods
This award-winning bar themes its decor on pagan...
Bars Cambridge
 
Ruby Room
This spot in the Onyx Hotel, true to its name,...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
RumBa
In the InterContinental hotel, RumBa highlights...
Bars Downtown Boston
 
Rumor
This is the place to dance, dance, dance. DJs...
Dance Clubs Boston
 
Ryles
This is home to one of the city's friendliest...
Dance Clubs Cambridge
 
Ryles Jazz Club
Soft lights, mirrors, and good barbecue set the...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Sanders Theatre
This gilt-wood jewel box of a stage is the...
Concerts Boston
 
Scullers Jazz Club
Since 1989, this intimate and amiable venue has...
Music Clubs Allston
 
The Sevens Ale House
This vintage bar is an easygoing alternative to...
Bars Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Sinclair
Bringing a long-awaited sophisticated rock music...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
Skywalk Observatory
The best aerial view of Boston is not in a...
Bars Back Bay
 
Somerville Theater
This keystone of Davis Square's growing culture...
Concerts Cambridge
 
Sonsie
The crowd spilling through French doors onto the...
Bars Back Bay
 
Sunset Grill & Tap
In the heart of student heaven, The Sunset...
Bars Allston
 
Symphony Hall
One of the world's best acoustical concert...
Concerts Boston
 
T.T. the Bear's Place
The nightly live rock roster of this cosy,...
Music Clubs Cambridge
 
TD Garden
TD Garden hosts concerts by big-name artists...
Concerts Boston
 
Tealuxe
A "tea bar" with Bombay flair, Tealuxe has nearly...
Cafes Cambridge
 
Temple Bar
The chef here emphasizes house-made everything...
Bars Cambridge
 
Ticketmaster
The ticket juggernaut has outlets in local stores...
Tickets Boston
 
Toad
Bands, beers, and burgers sum up this amiable...
Bars Cambridge
 
Top of the Hub
At 52 floors up, this in-the-clouds lounge has...
Bars Back Bay
 
Trident Booksellers & Café
Browse an eccentric collection of books and...
Cafes Back Bay
 
Trinity Church
H.H. Richardson's 1877 neo-Romanesque...
Music Boston
 
Tsai Performance Center
Associated with Boston University, Tsai...
Concerts Boston
 
Umbria
This five-story Euro-chic townhouse attracts a...
Dance Clubs Boston
 
Venu
International jet-setters, weekend warriors, and...
Dance Clubs Boston
 
Wally's Café
A rare gem for jazz and blues fans, Wally's Café...
Music Clubs South End
 
Warren Tavern
Massachusetts' oldest watering hole, rebuilt in...
Bars Charlestown
 
West Side Lounge
Hip patrons haunt this low-key bar for its...
Bars Cambridge
 
World Music/CRASHarts
As the metro area's premier presenter of...
Dance Boston

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