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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, 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. Beehive

    South End | Music Clubs

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

  • 2. 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 hosts open-mike...Read More

  • 3. Middle East & ZuZu Restaurant & Nightclub

    Music Clubs

    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

  • 4. Wally's Café

    South End | Music Clubs

    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

  • 5. Beat Brasserie

    Harvard Square | Music Clubs

    An American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square, Beat is inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth...Read More

  • 6. Brighton Music Hall

    Allston | Music Clubs

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

  • 7. Chorus Pro Musica

    Music Clubs

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

  • 8. Great Scott

    Allston | Music Clubs

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

  • 9. Hard Rock Cafe

    Government Center | Music Clubs

    This famed chain draws rock music and memorabilia fans to its large space with a double bar—decorated with hundreds of Zildjian cymbals—dance...Read More

  • 10. House of Blues

    Kenmore Square | 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 bands...Read More

  • 11. Lizard Lounge

    Music Clubs

    Low-key Lizard Lounge is a subterranean nightspot that features experimental and cult bands. Seven nights a week hear folk, pop, rock, acid...Read More

  • 12. Midway Café

    Jamaica Plain | Music Clubs

    This very popular Jamaica Plain café books a lively mix of nightly rock bands, DJs, and noise artists. There's punk, soul, R&B, and Thursday...Read More

  • 13. Outpost 186

    Inman Square | Music Clubs

    This back-alley arts and performance space hosts experimental jazz and improvised music, film, multimedia, poetry, and graphic arts. But don...Read More

  • 14. Paradise Rock Club

    Allston | Music Clubs

    This iconic bandbox near Boston University is famed for bringing up big-name talent (think U2), hosting Coldplay, and nurturing local rock and...Read More

  • 15. Regattabar

    Music Clubs

    Located inside Cambridge's Charles Hotel, Regattabar features regular favorites including leading men (Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz),...Read More

  • 16. Scullers Jazz Club

    Allston | Music Clubs

    Since 1989, this intimate and amiable venue overlooking the Charles River has presented top names–-Harry Connick Jr., Chris Botti, Michael Bublé...Read More

  • 17. The Sinclair

    Harvard Square | Music Clubs

    Bringing a long-awaited sophisticated rock music and dining venue to Harvard Square, The Sinclair's adventurous, near-nightly lineup of indie...Read More

  • 18. 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 into...Read More

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