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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Beat Brasserie

  • Music Clubs

Unlike the Beehive, its older, more complicated sister music club in the South End, Beat Brasserie presents a candid if playful face.


  • Music Clubs

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

Bill's Bar & Lounge

  • Music Clubs

Music, DJs, and live bands play Thursday through Saturday, including rock, alternative, funk, and punk. Bill's has been around the block...

Brighton Music Hall

  • Music Clubs

This spacious, popular venue connected with Paradise offers bands nightly, some open to all ages, often double bills. ...

Cantab Lounge

  • Music Clubs

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

Chorus Pro Musica

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This dynamic chorus, tackling classics (Bach, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky) and modern works (Rautavaara, Poulenc, Pinkham) under the...

Great Scott

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Crowds of cool Allston students and greater Boston music fans rock hard until closing at Great Scott, which books an impressive lineup...

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...

House of Blues

  • Music Clubs

Around the corner from Fenway Park and girded with bars and restaurants, the city's juggernaut among nightclubs books a wide array of...

Johnny D's Uptown

  • Music Clubs

This is as close as Boston gets to a rural roadhouse: good eats and good music, where every seat is a good seat. The diverse lineup sweeps...


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