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. Microbrew enthusiasts find viable options at sports bars and brewpubs, especially near campuses and sports arenas. For dancing, Lansdowne and Boylston streets near Fenway Park have a stretch of student-friendly hangs, DJ rooms, and techno clubs. The thriving "lounge" scene in Downtown’s cooler hybrid bar-restaurant-clubs provides a mellower, more mature alternative to the collegiate indie clubs. Tourists crowd Faneuil Hall for its pubs, comedy spots, and dance scenes. 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 and Cambridge, especially Central Square. College-owned concert halls regularly host homegrown and visiting ensembles. Prominent among these are Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Berklee College of Music’s Performance Center, MIT's Kresge Auditorium, and Agganis Arena at Boston University.

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Comedy Connection [Wilbur Theatre]

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This pretty white-and-gold bandbox, now 103 years old, is the happy home of Comedy Connection, presenting comedians like Amy Shumer,...

Comedy Studio

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

Dick's Doherty's Comedy Den

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Tucked away under Howl at the Moon and sharing space with the bar Ultra Down is the flagship of comic Dick Doherty's comedy-club chain.

ImprovAsylum

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Comedians weave audience suggestions into shows (seven nights a week, and Saturday matinees) that blend comic and topical sketches. Long-running...

ImprovBoston

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This Central Square venue flips audience cues into situation comedy, complete with theme songs and commercials. Be careful when you go...

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