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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21st Amendment

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Named for the amendment that ended Prohibition, this convivial pub across from the State House draws legislators, lobbyists, and neighborhood...

Alden & Harlow

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This subterranean haunt adjacent to Brattle Theater provides fascinating pre- or postmovie dining with provocative locally sourced, rustic...

Alley Bar

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This central gay bar caters especially to the Bear subset, with Bear Trivia on Thursday and Sunday karaoke. ("The Bear Went Over The...

Beantown Pub

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Right on the Freedom Trail, this is the only pub in Boston where you can enjoy a Sam Adams lager while pondering the grave of that Founding...

Bell in Hand Tavern

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America's oldest continuously operating pub (founded 1795) is named after its original owner, town crier Jimmy Wilson, whose bell-ringing...

Black Rose

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Hung with 20 bright county banners, decorated with pictures of Ireland and portraits of Samuel Beckett, Lady Gregory, and James Joyce,...

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

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The stylish Bond belies its location in the somwhat conservative yet tony Langham Boston Hotel with its glittery lounge scene of sophisticates...

Boston Beer Works

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Standing opposite Fenway Park since 1992, this brewery has all its works exposed—the tanks, pipes, and gleaming stainless-steel and...

Boston Beer Works

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Located near the TD Garden, this BBW branch serves up the same array of well-crafted draft beers and ales to Celtics and Bruins fans...

Bukowski Tavern

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This narrow barroom has a literary flair and more than 100 brews for your sipping pleasure. A cash-only policy may dissuade travelers,...

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