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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Bell in Hand Tavern

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The country's oldest continuously operating pub (founded 1795) is named for the occupation of its original owner, town crier Jimmy Wilson.

Black Rose

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Very much like a Dublin pub, the Black Rose is decorated with family crests, pictures of Ireland, and portraits of the likes of Samuel...

Cheers

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This outpost in Faneuil Hall was established in 2001 by popular demand. The owners of the former Bull & Finch in Beacon Hill, which...

Durgin-Park

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Steeped in history since 1828 and serving Yankee classic dishes for nearly as long, Durgin-Park still gets down on weekend evenings,...

Green Dragon Tavern

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Less rowdy than its Faneuil Hall neighbors, this now-Irish bar claims to have housed the "Headquarters of the Revolution" and was the...

Hard Rock Cafe

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This famed chain draws rock music and memorabilia fans to its large space with a double bar—decorated with hundreds of Zildjian cymbals—dance...

Hennessy's

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Arguably the best Irish pub in town, Hennessy's guarantees that your drink will be poured by a native Irish bartender (at least during...

Hong Kong

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A rowdy party destination since 1989, the Kong's packed with bachelorette parties, fraternity boys thirsty to share a potent Scorpion...

Jose McIntyre's

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Satisfy your double craving for a margarita and a Guinness—or Mexican pizza and fish-and-chips at, yup, an Irish-Mexican bar. The eclecticism...

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