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

  • Cafes–Nightlife

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

21st Amendment

  • Bars/Pubs

Named after the amendment that ended Prohibition, this convivial pub, across from the State House, draws state legislators, lobbyists,...

Alden & Harlow

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Alley

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Battery Lounge

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

This comfy but dazzling waterfront bar in Fairmont Battery Wharf hotel offers two-story glass views of Boston's harbor accompanied by...

Beantown Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

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...

Beehive

  • Music Clubs

A jazz-lover's dream deep in the South End, the 'Hive airs professional and up-and-coming acts; often faculty and student bands from...

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.

Bill's Bar & Lounge

  • Music Clubs

Music, both from DJs and live, plays Thursday through Saturday, including rock, alternative, funk, and punk; on Sunday nights Bill's...

Black Rose

  • Bars/Pubs

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

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