Party Earth Review A time-honored hangout and live venue for Beantown’s rocker community since it opened in the mid-1970s, the 1000-capacity Paradise Rock Club and Lounge has developed a reputation as a tastemaker on the Boston music scene, hosting over the years such performers as The Black Crowes, Tom Waits, Wilco, and The Hold Steady ... read full review of Paradise Rock Club and Lounge
Party Earth Review Tucked between the South End and Back Bay, Club Café is a buzzing hetero-friendly gay hotspot perfect for high-energy evenings with a vibrant crowd. Early evenings see well-dressed couples sliding into the upholstered booths in the warm red and brown lounge for a bite to eat before heading in to see what’s happening in ... more
Party Earth Review Even the most tattooed of Jamaica Plain’s routinely plaid-clad denizens can tire of swilling PBR, and that’s where Canary Square comes in. This cozy gastropub attracts much the same crowd of hipsters, artists, and laid-back pals as the authentic and popular Brendan Behan's Pub up the street, but pumps up the food and alcohol ... more
Party Earth Review The brainchild of famed Boston chefs Lydia Shire and Jasper White, Towne Stove and Spirits is a charming spot located in the Back Bay building of the Hynes Convention Center. The vast bi-level bar and restaurant sports a classy atmosphere and high-end menu that attract suited business types and worn-out convention attendees ... more
Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of classy martini bars and high-end restaurants in this neck of Boston, but those hungry and low on cash – or just high on alcohol tolerance – head straight for The Pour House. Plastered with antique beer and gas station signs, bumper stickers, hanging mannequins, and a chaotic mélange of random stuff ... read full review of The Pour House
Party Earth Review With a sophistication that belies its position just outside the Kenmore train station, Eastern Standard is an upscale restaurant whose high-energy atmosphere, innovative cocktails, and delicious food pairings attract a diverse crowd of well-dressed business professionals, groups of girlfriends, college faculty, and travelers ... more
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 ... more
Party Earth Review Established in 1976 when Bobby Orr was kicking butt for the Bruins, The Fours is an energetic bar whose focus on sports and proximity to TD Garden brings in crowds of sports fans and concert-goers alike. A décor largely consisting of dark wood furnishings and a collection of pennants, photos, autographed jerseys, and hockey ... 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.