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  • 1. Beehive

    South End | Live Music

    An underground bohemian bistro featuring delicious food, libations, and live music nightly, the Beehive is nestled under the historic Cyclorama...Read More

  • 2. Caffe Vittoria

    North End | Cafés

    The glorious matriarch of North End cafés, glistening with marble-topped tables, mirrors, and shiny machines, lets you glimpse la dolce vita...Read More

  • 3. Cantab Lounge

    Live Music

    This place hums every night with live bands cranking out rhythm and blues, soul, funk, rock, or bluegrass. The theme-driven bar hosts open-mike...Read More

  • 4. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

    South End | Cafés

    This longtime neighborhood soul-food and jazz hangout still looks spiffy, and features real Southern cooking and live bands nearly nightly at...Read More

  • 5. Doyle's Cafe

    Jamaica Plain | Bars/Pubs

    Truly an institution since 1892—and the first pub to put Sam Adams on tap—this friendly, crowded neighborhood Irish pub is a political as well...Read More

  • 6. Drink

    South Boston | Bars/Pubs

    This area favorite lounge in a brick Fort Point Channel warehouse offers a short beer, wine, and food list, but no cocktail menu. Patrons rely...Read More

  • 7. Drink

    Fort Point Channel | Bars/Pubs

    Barbara Lynch handles this elegant den of iniquity as only a chef of world-wide acclaim would—like a restaurant. Behind the bar, tenders chip...Read More

  • 8. Jacque's Cabaret

    Theater District | Cabaret

    There's nothing traditional about Jacque's Cabaret, an institution for more than 60 years. Nightly drag-queen shows draw bachelorette parties...Read More

  • 9. Middle East & ZuZu Restaurant & Nightclub

    Live Music

    This nightclub has balanced its kebab-and-falafel menu with three ever-active performance spaces to carve its niche as one of New England's...Read More

  • 10. Middlesex Lounge

    Central Square | Bars/Pubs

    For those looking to avoid the uber-sceney clubs of Boston's Theater District, the Middlesex is a welcoming, laid-back club for all sorts of...Read More

  • 11. Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

    Back Bay | Bars/Pubs

    This stunning flagship bar in the 1912 Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is a "see and be seen" hot spot, with the original sky-high coffered ceilings...Read More

  • 12. Sunset Grill & Tap

    Allston | Bars/Pubs

    In the heart of student heaven, the Sunset looks, at first glance, like any neighborhood hangout. But venture inside and you'll be bowled over...Read More

  • 13. The Burren


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

  • 14. The Sevens Ale House

    Beacon Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Serving beer and wine, this classic dive bar is an easygoing alternative to Beacon Hill's tony stuffiness, with its dark tones, simple bar setup...Read More

  • 15. Toad

    Porter Square | Bars/Pubs

    This is where local hipsters make their home. Bands, beers, and burgers sum up this snug and amiable little Porter Square hideaway attached...Read More

  • 16. Wally's Café

    South End | Live Music

    A rare gem for jazz and blues fans, Wally's Café, founded in 1947, is the oldest continuously operating family-owned jazz club in America. Patrons...Read More

  • 17. 4th Wall

    Theater District | Bars/Pubs

    This local hangout tries to be seen as a dive bar, but it's much nicer and too new to be called one. The menu features bar bites, hearty entrées...Read More

  • 18. Alden & Harlow


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

  • 19. Alley Bar

    Theater District | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked away in an alley, this long-standing gay bar has recently been revamped with multiple TVs and large booth seating in the downstairs area...Read More

  • 20. Avery Bar

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Whether you're staying at The Ritz or just stopping by for a drink, the decadent and modern Avery Bar serves some serious, handcrafted cocktails...Read More

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