Party Earth Review Amid a sea of grungy Brighton dives, Devlin’s Bistro & Bar stands out like a sore but classy thumb. The long main room, painted in soft earth tones and decorated with modern art, is divided neatly in half. Swanky locals head straight for the main bar to sip craft cocktails in the shadow of black-and-whites of jazz greats ... read full review of Devlin's Bistro & Bar
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
Party Earth Review Cocktails in buckets, bachelorettes, and the Backstreet Boys probably don’t spring to mind when thinking about a piano bar, but they all apply to the eternally busy Howl at the Moon. A favorite for groups celebrating special events in the booziest way possible, the expansive venue – one of more than a dozen nationally ... more
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 Tucked beneath the historic Copley Square Hotel, Storyville may have the same name as the preeminent jazz joint that occupied the space in the 1950s, but this new incarnation adds a modern dance flair and a focus on New Orleans-style cocktails. Gussied-up guests entering the venue file past a prominent print of Billie Holiday ... read full review of Storyville
Party Earth Review Boasting one of the motliest music scenes in town, The Middle East is a versatile entertainment complex and nightlife magnet for hipsters, college students, and the music obsessed. Divided into four areas, the venue’s main space is known as “The Corner,” a festive red and yellow bar and dining room featuring acoustic acts ... 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 From early week house parties to gay nights to Top 40 mash-ups that bump everyone (who can get in) into the weekend, RumoR is a theater district staple for an international crowd of young clubbers. Run by the same folks behind Cure, District Lounge, and the adjoining Venu, the club features two dance floors featuring blocky ... 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.