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... ... read full review
184 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Red Line: South; Orange Line: State Street; Blue Line: Aquarium
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa 5pm–2am, Su 7pm–2am
Downtown / Financial District, Boston –
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 – is routinely packed with an avid party crowd, from newly twenty-one-year-old undergrads to feisty old ladies drinking those kids under the table.
Downtown professionals sneak in after work, relaxing at the two-tops facing the floor-to-ceiling windows and snacking on a few greasy appetizers before the line forms outside.
A cover charge kicks in once the pianists start playing (6 or 8pm depending on the night), as already excitable groups of girls line up at the massive center bar to order fruity cocktails in buckets – literally – while midriff-bearing servers dole out Jell-o shots via oversized syringes.
Buckets in hand, the girls join preppy post-grads and jersey-sporting frat guys around the stage, where two pianists take turns playing audience requests and everyone gets increasingly less shy about singing along.
Those less into the live acts can descend to the basement at 9pm Thursdays through Saturdays, when DJs spin Top 40 and a second bar promises an equal opportunity to get alcohol poisoning.
No matter the occasion, Howl at the Moon has an infectious atmosphere that’s sure to make it an unforgettable one – at least until the second round of buckets.
Want to kick off the weekend right but don’t feel like paying the cover? Submit your name to the staff or online to be entered in the weekly raffle for a chance to win a Cocktail Hour party on Thursday or Friday. For two hours, you and your friends get discounted drinks and free appetizers, plus you skip the cover charge.
Zealous groups of friends celebrating birthdays and other special events, young professionals from the Financial District, college kids, uninhibited bachelorettes, older groups acting young again, early 20s to late 30s+.
Dueling pianos and vocal accompaniment, often with additional instruments like drums, bass, guitar, and fiddle, playing all audience requests. Music kicks off at 6 or 8pm depending on the night.
DJs spin Top 40 downstairs from 9pm Thursdays through Saturdays.
TVs surrounding the bar show major sports and news earlier in the evening.
Specials for holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.
Fried bar snacks including wings, nachos, and burgers. Various party packages available for private events. Patrons can submit to win a free party package here.
Cover charge $10, free before show starts. Appetizers $5–$9, salads $8–$10, sandwiches/burgers $8–$10. Beer $4–$5, wine $8, cocktails $7–$9, 86-oz buckets $25.
Casual to nice casual: business attire, slacks, sweaters, jeans, button-downs, low-cut shirts, short skirts, tight t-shirts, heels, sparkly accessories.
Fridays and Saturdays for the liveliest crowd, the fiercest dueling competitions, and the hottest dance floor scene, Thursdays to get in free with a college ID, or Tuesdays for a chance to watch local musicians compete to be the next Howl at the Moon house player.
An Tain (31 India Street) is an Irish dive that attracts a similar no-holds-barred clientele interested in getting tipsy in a hurry, minus the lines.