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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Several watering holes, packed into one cozy cul-de-sac opposite Boston Common, serve Emerson students, theater-goers, and those wanting...

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...

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

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One of the hottest bars in the city, the stylish Bond belies its location in the conservative, tony Langham Boston Hotel with its glittery...


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Perhaps the most exciting cocktail lounge to open in recent years, Drink is housed in a brick warehouse in the Fort Point Channel area.


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Dress to impress; once past the velvet ropes, you will encounter four floors full of dressed-up, made-up clubgoers, and you may even...

Franklin Café

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Like its sister South End gastropub, Franklin is known equally for its great drinks and its upscale pub food, like the killer roast chicken...

Good Life

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This creative bar mixes exotic martinis and fresh-juice cocktails, and boasts a whopping selection of international vodkas. The menu...

Howl at the Moon

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Dueling pianos and singers lure in bachelorettes and friends to this haht pahtee that's open until 2 am, and they fill requests on...

J.J. Foley's Bar & Grill

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This family-owned, century-old, no-frills Irish pub mixes blue-collar workers with suits from the neighboring Financial District and...


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Deconstructed in Ireland piece by piece, the Kinsale was reassembled here to give it an air of Celtic authenticity. By day, businesspeople...