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Boston Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Clubs, Events, and Nightlife

Down to earth, laid back, and gritty, Boston is a city that wears its heart on its sleeve – and with generations of diehard sports fans and families who can trace their lineage back to the Mayflower, that heart takes shape as an intense shared pride in their town.

Nowhere does that pride shine more than in the city’s love for its home teams. Bostonians eat, sleep, and breathe their sports, and the social scene comes alive whenever there’s a Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, or Bruins game on, when rabid fans gather at the myriad drinking dens, restaurants, and bars, from Cambridge to Allston and turn the game into an all-night event. The city is also home to hundreds of authentic Irish bars and pubs, where post-game pride transforms into beer-drinking revelry.

Despite the focus on sports, however, Boston’s heritage clearly goes beyond its teams, with some of the most famous landmarks in America making a casual stroll in the heart of Downtown feel more like a history lesson.

And unlike in most major cities, Boston’s residents enjoy a certain level of camaraderie – no doubt based on their shared love of sports and culture – that goes a long way toward making every bar and lounge feel like a local neighborhood hangout.

A big place with a small-town feel, Boston is an accessible city with myriad things to do thanks to its solid metro system, which makes it easy to hop from neighborhood to neighborhood. And though sports and history may be Boston’s lifeblood, there’s certainly more to the city than just celebrating events like St. Patrick’s Day or watching the Sox.

In fact, with more than fifty universities spread throughout the neighborhoods, there’s an ever-changing roster of students bolstering the city’s nightlife scene and making for an always spirited – and sometimes crazy – mix of people from young to old and academic to blue collar, drinking beer at sports bars, heading out to clubs, finding great live music, trading stories at pubs, and sharing in a healthy dose of good ol’ Boston pride.

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