Party Earth Review Winner of numerous accolades including Boston Magazine’s Best Beer Selection, Sunset Grill & Tap attracts hordes of animated students from the nearby Boston University, Berklee, and Harvard campuses, making the bar a quintessential college hangout. Adorned with walls of beer bottles and the requisite mishmash of neon signs ... read full review of Sunset Grill & Tap
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
Party Earth Review Stylish and sexy, Noir is a vibrant nightspot that exudes a smoky 1940s atmosphere befitting its evocative name. Once past the red beaded curtains, the clientele of swanky fashionistas and finance types slink into a dark and moody nook where businessmen lean against the curved white marble bar to eye the elegant model-types ... more
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 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 ... read full review of The Lower Depths
Party Earth Review Partiers looking for more than just a bar in the Allston area should head to Wonder Bar, a versatile venue that combines cool hangout with a rowdy club experience. Scattered couches and tables in the lower level lounge provide plenty of chill-out space for the after-work groups looking to blow off steam over fancy drinks ... more
Party Earth Review It may be hard to believe an old slammer for drunks could attract Boston's crème de la crème, but Alibi, located on the first floor of the recently converted Liberty Hotel, does exactly that. Once filled with public drunks as the Charles Street Jail, Alibi now caters to the city’s upper crust, from politicians like John ... 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
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.