Recommended Bars in Boston

Boston Bars Overview

Trina’s Starlite Lounge - Dive Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston

Bostonians are passionate about their beer and their nightlife, and when it comes to bars in Boston, nowhere is that passion more on display than in the wide array of Irish joints and sports bars that are filled with young professionals and neighborhood regulars who get together to pound pints of Sam Adams and specialty micro brews, and talk Pats, the Sox, Celtics, and Bruins.

Boston is decidedly a sports town, and the countless sports bars that line the streets of Fenway and basically every other neighborhood in the city are a testament to the denizen’s love for their local teams.

Meanwhile, the more than 50 colleges and universities in the area means that hordes of thirsty students from Boston College, MIT, Boston University, and Harvard pack the bars during the week to play trivia and sing karaoke, and then again on busy weekends to flirt and dance in the bars around Faneuil Hall and Allston.

Fortunately for Bostonians, the T (subway) runs until 1am and covers a good part of the city, so inebriated partiers always have a ride back to their neighborhoods.

While beer bars, sports bars, and dives may reign supreme, patrons looking for a classier and higher-end experience with a more exclusive vibe will still find scattered Boston bars including chic hotel haunts and hangouts in Downtown, the Leather District, or Back Bay – but high-end venues, velvet ropes, and long lines are definitely not what defines this beer-guzzling, bar-loving town.

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