Party Earth Review Boston is far from an island paradise, but unpretentious seafood joint Summer Shack brings a bit of the tropics – and a whole lot of shellfish – to Beantown. Located near Fenway, Symphony Hall, and the Hynes Convention Center, the venue caters to a wide array of patrons, from diehard Sox fans to busy ... read full review of Summer Shack
Party Earth Review Stylish and sexy, Noir is a vibrant nightspot that exudes a smoky 1940s atmosphere befitting its evocative name. Once past the red beaded curtains, the clientele of swanky fashionistas and finance types slink into a dark and moody nook where businessmen lean against the curved white marble bar to eye the elegant model-types ... more
Party Earth Review A stone’s throw from Harvard University, Tommy Doyle’s is a multi-level pub popular with area students for its live Irish music and DJs, sports packages, and trivia nights. The ground floor, its walls lined with vintage beer signs and Gaelic knickknacks, is the cozy main area where hoodie-clad college kids and kickback ... more
Party Earth Review Cambridge has long been considered Boston’s musical hub, and TT the Bear’s Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches. Twenty-something hipsters from nearby Harvard and MIT pack the black box bar adorned with Christmas lights ... more
Party Earth Review Boasting an outstanding wine selection and an intimate bistro atmosphere, Les Zygomates is a prime date night destination for those looking for a taste of Paris near downtown Boston. The business people and artsy types who settle in at the candlelit tables shouldn’t be fooled by the delicious bistro fair and perfectly prepared ... read full review of Les Zygomates
Party Earth Review Amid Dorchester’s garden variety collection of dingy pubs, dbar is a diamond in the rough – or maybe a sweet fruit in a field of rutabagas. Although it transforms into a hopping gay club later in the evening, this classy venue offers a mixed and mellow dinner scene, with dapper patrons of all sexual persuasions settling ... more
Party Earth Review Established in 1882 and featured in films including Mystic River, Doyle’s Café is the granddaddy of Beantown Irish pubs, a veritable wood-paneled time machine whose décor of antique clocks, colorful murals, period photos, and vintage newspaper clippings celebrate its long history. Waitresses slinging “chowda” in their thick ... more
Party Earth Review Despite only being around since 2005, The Asgard has a homey vintage vibe thanks a whole mess of Ireland-imported décor and furnishings, some of which date back nearly two centuries. Of course, the local MIT regulars are probably more interested in the extensive craft beer list and the cheap wings than where the lampshades ... 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.