Bars and Clubs in Boston

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  • Historic Bar / Irish Pub / Restaurant

    Doyle’s Café - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.

    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

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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Common Ground - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Student-friendly Allston may be packed with all-too-similar “bar and grill” venues, but Common Ground stands out from the herd with its unique and extensive beer list, solid food, convivial neighborhood bar vibe, and a slightly older and more upscale clientele. The crisp cream-colored walls and dark wood trim, combined ... 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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  • 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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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Redbones BBQ - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Southern hospitality may be hard to come by up North, but Redbones BBQ brings it to Boston in spades. Popular with artsy college kids and young professionals, the restaurant – adorned with old photos of barbecues, homemade signs, and autographed snapshots of R&B singers – sees a good crowd at lunch as lively groups fill ... more

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  • Bar / Club / Irish Pub / Live Music Venue

    Ned Devine's - Bar | Club | Irish Pub | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Located in the middle of Boston’s bustling Faneuil Hall area, Ned Devine’s is a mild-mannered pub and restaurant by day and an amped-up party destination on weekend nights. Tucked away in the corner of the busy Quincy Market building, this three-level local haunt is a convenient spot to grab a quick drink after browsing ... 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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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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