Bars and Clubs in Boston

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  • Bar / Live Music Venue

    Toad - Bar | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Marked only by a small neon sign, Toad is a tiny bar and music venue with a far bigger reputation than its diminutive size might suggest. Attracting a diverse clientele of music lovers, artists, hippies, and hipsters, this popular nightspot – which boasts such alumni as Tracy Chapman, G Love & Special Sauce, and even Eddie ... more

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  • Sports Bar

    Bleacher Bar - Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Although there are plenty of bars around Fenway Park, none of them offer a view quite like Bleacher Bar. Tucked under the Green Monster’s bleachers, the one-time batting practice room is now a classy Sox bar with a wall-spanning window that looks directly out onto center field. Tourists and crowds of Boston University students ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Descending into The Lower Depths generally isn’t a good thing, unless, of course, it’s referring to Boston’s funky craft beer bar. Located a few blocks from Fenway, the venue surges with Sox fans two hours before and after games, but the regular crowd is composed of hipsters, artists, and free thinkers who congregate beneath ... more

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  • Dive Bar

    Silhouette Cocktail Lounge - Dive Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review With its inflation-resistant beer prices, delightfully tacky décor, and homey low-key interior, it’s easy to see why the Silhouette Cocktail Lounge has become an Allston institution where college students, blue-collar workers, and local hipsters can mix freely in an unpretentious, come-as-you-are environment. A bit rough ... more

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  • Bar / Bowling Alley / Restaurant

    Sacco's Bowl Haven - Bar | Bowling Alley | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A hidden gem with a cult following of hip young locals, Sacco’s Bowl Haven offers a unique old-school night out at equally old-school prices. First opened in 1939, the venue has retained its original focus on candlepin bowling, though new owners have updated the place by adding a wood-fired pizza parlor and alcohol – an ... more

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  • Club / Historic Bar / Pub / Tavern

    The Bell In Hand Tavern - Club | Historic Bar | Pub | Tavern in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A Boston landmark dating back to 1795, The Bell In Hand Tavern – named after founder Jimmy Wilson, Boston’s last town crier – claims to be America’s oldest tavern. Housed in the same building since 1844, modern upgrades have transformed the multilevel venue into equal parts pub and club. Low lighting, polished mahogany ... more

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Browse Boston Bars and Clubs by Category

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.

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    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

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    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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