Party Earth Review Located in the Lenox Hotel and catering to the well-heeled and connected, City Bar is a one-room refuge that draws a clientele of attractive business and finance types, designers, and the media elite, who stop in on weeknights to lounge on lavish leather sofas and chat over whiskey and cocktails. A simple but elegant d ... read full review of City Bar
Party Earth Review Student-friendly Allston may be packed with all-too-similar “bar and grill” venues, but Common Ground stands out from the herd with its unique and extensive beer list, solid food, convivial neighborhood bar vibe, and a slightly older and more upscale clientele. The crisp cream-colored walls and dark wood trim, combined ... more
Party Earth Review Popular with a diverse mix of successful young professionals, corporate executives, and cultured tourists, Sonsie serves up a menu of first class food and seasonal cocktails in a chic and airy environment. Cozy nooks full of chocolate brown leather chairs and sofas provide space for patrons to chat over signature cocktails ... more
Party Earth Review Thanks to rave reviews from the likes of GQ and Boston Magazine, Craigie On Main is now a favorite for foodies, grad students, and curious tourists looking for great food and a unique opportunity to see master chefs at work. The brainchild of chef Tony Maws, the sleek restaurant specializes in a “nose to tail ... more
Party Earth Review It’s hard to stand out in a city known for its sports bars, but Game On! manages to do just that, not only due to its location just feet away from the hallowed ground of Fenway, but also because of its out-of-control drinking scene that has made it one of the city’s premiere watering holes. Every kind of sports enthusiast ... read full review of Game On!
Party Earth Review Patrons looking to do time in a relaxed lounge and restaurant can head to Clink, a unique venue in the lobby of the Liberty Hotel that once housed the Charles Street Jail. Situated under a series of spotlighted guard catwalks, the intimate space features exposed brick, arched windows, and large iron chandeliers that create ... more
Party Earth Review Maybe the only place in town with both crystal chandeliers and tater tots, The Brahmin is an elegant 20s-style speakeasy with one foot firmly planted in modern day. Named for the wealthy, politically prominent families of neighboring Beacon Hill – the illustrious “Boston Brahmins” – this shabby chic bar is a jumble of high ... more
Party Earth Review Bowling alley, pool hall, and raucous nightclub all in one, Jillian’s is a three-story playground popular with young professionals, sports fans, students, and clubbers alike. Bowling enthusiasts will want to make a beeline for Lucky Strike on the top floor, a bowling alley fitted out with a mix of modern and 50s furnishings ... more
Bostonians don’t mess around with their beer or their nightlife, and the bars and clubs in Boston revolve mostly around the endless Irish pubs full of salty regulars and post-grads who get together to down pints of Guinness and home-grown micro brews, talk Pats, and dump quarters into the jukebox.
The plethora of universities in the area means that droves of students from Boston College, MIT, Boston University, and Harvard show up during the week to sing karaoke and play trivia, and then again on the meat-market weekends to rock out to cover bands and Top 40 hits in the venues around Faneuil Hall and Allston. Luckily, Boston’s T – the subway system that runs until 1am – covers most of the city, making it the “designated driver” for wasted partiers.
While beer may reign supreme, patrons in the mood for a higher-end experience and a more exclusive vibe will still find a smattering of Boston bars and clubs, with chic hotel haunts and chichi lounges in Downtown, the Leather District, or Back Bay – but high-end clubs and venues are decidedly not the defining characteristic of this beer-guzzling, blue-collar town.