Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    The Brahmin - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    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

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  • Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant / Live Music Venue

    The Burren - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Named for a rocky stretch of land in Ireland, The Burren is an authentic old-world pub featuring music from the homeland, hearty eats, and lively dancing. A worn wood bar and display of black-and-white photos create a homey atmosphere for the alternative types and hipster musicians who slide onto the benches around the ... more

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  • Cocktail Bar / Restaurant

    Green Street - Cocktail Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review If anything, homey Green Street proves cocktail snobs don’t have to go to a swanky bar to enjoy a wide selection of artisan drinks. With a plain brick exterior, bare mint green walls, and only a handful of windows, the casual venue puts the emphasis squarely on prohibition-era beverages. Hipsters in vintage duds vie for ... more

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  • Club / Sports Bar

    Brighton Beer Garden - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Sports fans looking for rowdy camaraderie will find a congenial and boisterous crowd at the Brighton Beer Garden, a typical sports bar complete with an impressive array of big screen televisions that provide every patron with a perfect view of the game. The frat party experience begins once guests walk through the large ... more

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    The Greatest Bar - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review The Greatest Bar’s self-glorifying moniker may sound pompous, but the regular jersey-clad clientele would be quick to point out that there’s no place for modesty in Titletown. Located down the street from the TD Garden – home of the Bruins and Celtics – this cavernous venue features several levels, each with a different ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Cheers - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review The façade of this Beacon Hill institution served as the setting for the long-running Cheers TV show – and to say owners have capitalized on that Hollywood connection would be an understatement. Founded as the Bull & Finch Pub in 1969, the now famous (and renamed) watering hole landed on a marketing goldmine when Cheers ... 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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