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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, e
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
Boston is a Cinderella city, aglow with delights that for some end all too soon. With the T (subway and bus) making its

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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  • 1. Beantown Pub

    Downtown | 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...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Bond Restaurant and Lounge

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    The stylish Bond belies its location in the somewhat conservative yet tony Langham Boston Hotel with its glittery lounge scene of sophisticates...Read More

  • 6. Dick's Doherty's Comedy Den

    Downtown | Comedy Clubs

    Tucked away under Howl at the Moon is the flagship of comic Dick Doherty's comedy-club chain. Shows include stand-up acts, audience-participation...Read More

  • 7. Good Life

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    This funky bar in a heritage flatiron building mixes exotic martinis and fresh-juice cocktails, and boasts a whopping selection of international...Read More

  • 8. Howl at the Moon

    Downtown | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Dueling pianos and hammy singers lure in bachelorettes, tourists, and friends to this party spot that's open nightly 'til 2 am. The performers...Read More

  • 9. Icon

    Theater District | Dance Clubs

    This is the place to dance, dance, dance. International students and college kids looking to get down flock here to listen to DJs spin all types...Read More

  • 10. Kinsale

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Deconstructed in Ireland piece by piece, the Kinsale was reassembled here to give it an air of Celtic authenticity. By day, businesspeople come...Read More

  • 11. Last Hurrah

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    The mahogany club chairs and silver-tray service might make you feel like a Boston Brahmin, even if only for a martini or two. The historic...Read More

  • 12. Limelight Stage + Studios

    Downtown | Themed Entertainment

    Sing privately or go big time: bold karaoke patrons belt out their favorite tunes to the audience, while shy types can rent a "studio" room...Read More

  • 13. Lucky's Lounge

    South Boston | Bars/Pubs

    This is a subterranean dive with gritty charisma. Live bands hit the stage Thursday to Sunday, including one of the hotspot's most popular events...Read More

  • 14. Nick's Comedy Stop

    Theater District | Comedy Clubs

    Boston's oldest comedy club, yukking it up since 1977, presents mainly local comics Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Well-known comedians occasionally...Read More

  • 15. Royale

    Theater District | Themed Entertainment

    Largely a concert venue and nightclub, the Royale's spacious interior resembles a 20th-century ballroom. but this club is hardly sedate. It...Read More

  • 16. RumBa

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    In the InterContinental hotel, RumBa highlights two disparate spirits: rum (more than 70 varieties) and champagne (more than two dozen types...Read More

  • 17. Venu

    Theater District | Dance Clubs

    International jet-setters, weekend warriors, and clubby wannabes converge on this 6,500-square-foot glittery dungeon evoking Miami's South Beach...Read More

  • 18. Whiskey Saigon

    Theater District | Dance Clubs

    With its rich red velvet and crystal chandeliers, the former Gypsy Bar calls to mind the decadence of a dark European castle. You'll find a...Read More

  • 19. Umbria

    Downtown | Dance Clubs

    This five-story Euro-chic townhouse attracts a mature, upscale crowd for its many delights. Above two formal dining rooms—Umbria serving Umbrian...Read More

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