Boston

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. Caffe Vittoria

    North End | Cafes–Nightlife

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

  • 2. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

    South End | Cafes–Nightlife

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

  • 3. 1369 Coffeehouse

    Cafes–Nightlife

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

  • 4. Café Algiers

    Cafes–Nightlife

    Cozy, clustered tables fill both floors at this genuine Middle Eastern café, where you can peer at soaring, wood-paneled cathedral ceilings...Read More

  • 5. Club Passim

    Cafes–Nightlife

    Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive—thousands of folkies have strummed and warbled their way through Club Passim, one of America...Read More

  • 6. Dado Tea

    Cafes–Nightlife

    The new-age feel to this cheerful shop starts with organic teas (coffee, too) and extends to healthy noodles, dumplings, salads, multigrain...Read More

  • 7. Diesel Cafe

    Cafes–Nightlife

    This bright, window-y corner spot with bold local artwork and spacious tables draws in Davis Square hipsters, Tufts students, and the LGBT sets...Read More

  • 8. Red Room @ Cafe 939

    Back Bay | Cafes–Nightlife

    By day a Berklee College coffee and snack bar, the Cafe by night opens its tidy, scarlet, 200-capacity concert space. Run, booked, and played...Read More

  • 9. Tealuxe

    Cafes–Nightlife

    With its dark aromatic air of a Bombay apothecary shop, Tealuxe offers 100 herbal and traditional teas and blends plus enticing tea-time pastries...Read More

  • 10. Trident Booksellers & Café

    Back Bay | Cafes–Nightlife

    Browse an eccentric collection of books and magazines at this crowded, pleasant café, then have coffee or tea while you read. This is a nice...Read More

  • 11. Boston Common Coffee Company

    North End | Cafes–Nightlife

    This North End independent outlet of the Boston Common Coffee Company is a café that's more Starbucks than Italian. As if its comfy couches...Read More

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