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 ... read full review of The Asgard
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 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 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
Party Earth Review Inside the historic Omni Parker House Hotel – reportedly the birthplace of the Boston cream pie circa 1867 – The Last Hurrah transports its classy patrons back in time with vintage chandeliers, drinks served on silver trays, and overstuffed leather couches ideal for settling in for cocktails and conversation. Through the ... read full review of The Last Hurrah
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 ... more
Party Earth Review An Irish pub, soccer hub, and dance club all united under the enormous wooden phoenix perched out front, The Phoenix Landing pulls a seamless Jekyll and Hyde act as it transforms into each incarnation throughout the day. Framed jerseys, antique Guinness signs, flat-screens, and leprechaun statuettes dress the walls and ... more
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 ... 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.