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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Bukowski Tavern

    Back Bay | Bars/Pubs

    This narrow barroom has a literary flair and more than 100 brews for your sipping pleasure. You'll see many a beer nerd hanging out at the bar...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

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