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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1369 Coffeehouse

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Quirky characters rub elbows with book-writing professors and tweeting students at this Cambridge institution devoted to espresso and...

Alden & Harlow

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This elegant subterranean haunt adjacent to Brattle Theater is a fascinating pre- or postmovie dining and hang-out spot. ...


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Your true-emerald Irish music pub pulls in devoted locals and all fans of craic (enjoyable environment). Enthusiastic staff and professional...

Café Algiers

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This genuine Middle Eastern café serves pita bread, fine hummus, varied salads, exotic teas, and strong coffee—Arabic or Turkish,...

Cambridge Brewing Company

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This collegial, cavernous microbrewery has been the haunt of MIT techies since its 1989 founding. Order CBC's Cambridge Amber, Charles...

Cantab Lounge/Third Rail

  • Music Clubs

This place hums every night with live bands cranking out rhythm and blues, soul, funk, rock, or bluegrass. The Third Rail bar downstairs...

Chez Henri

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Enjoy a hip after-work scene at this Franco-Cuban restaurant equidistant from Harvard and Porter squares, home to one of the better Cubano...

Club Passim

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Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Jim Kweskin's Jug Band—thousands of folkies have strummed and warbled their way through Club Passim,...

Comedy Studio

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Located upstairs at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square, this comedy club schedules platters of silly offerings, including a host of local...

Dado Tea

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The new-age feel here starts with organic teas (coffee, too) and extends to Japanese noodles, dumplings, salads, multigrain wraps, even...