Silhouette Cocktail Lounge

Dive Bar
Silhouette Cocktail Lounge With its inflation-resistant beer prices, delightfully tacky décor, and homey low-key interior, it's easy to see why the Silhouette Cocktail Lounge has become an Allston institution where college students, blue-collar workers... Boston United States 42.3532024 -71.1344264
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Party Earth Review With its inflation-resistant beer prices, delightfully tacky décor, and homey low-key interior, it’s easy to see why the Silhouette Cocktail Lounge has become an Allston institution where college students, blue-collar... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Green Line (B): Harvard Avenue

  • Phone:

    617-206-4565

  • Hours:

    M–W 4pm–1am, Th–Su noon–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Silhouette Cocktail Lounge Review

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With its inflation-resistant beer prices, delightfully tacky décor, and homey low-key interior, it's easy to see why the Silhouette Cocktail Lounge has become an Allston institution where college students, blue-collar workers...

With its inflation-resistant beer prices, delightfully tacky décor, and homey low-key interior, it’s easy to see why the Silhouette Cocktail Lounge has become an Allston institution where college students, blue-collar workers, and local hipsters can mix freely in an unpretentious, come-as-you-are environment.

A bit rough around the edges, as any good dive bar should be, the venue features a sparse but clean décor of cheesy checkerboard paneling left over from its heyday in the 60s, broken up by a collection of vintage beer advertisements.

Chatty regulars tend to crowd around the bar, while good-natured groups of students and area musicians cram into vintage black vinyl booths to talk, munch on free popcorn, and kick back a few beers.

Although the corner TVs are tuned almost exclusively to Boston sports, they can’t compete with the lively action around the pool table, where newcomers try their hand at knocking off the reigning champ and taking possession of bragging rights.

Those who prefer darts need only ask the bartender for a set and head to the back room, where couples on dates, groups of friends, and the occasional serious aficionado gather for more relaxed competition at the several boards lining the wall.

Though Silhouette Lounge is a good bet for a mellow time any night of the week, it does get a bit crazier on Friday nights when there’s usually a long line of spirited patrons waiting to get in to enjoy the bar’s sociable crowd, cheap drinks, and more boisterous party vibe.

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Tip from Jonah:

The place fills up quickly on weekends, especially Fridays. To miss the rush and avoid waiting in line, head over either before 9pm or after 11pm. And did I mention free popcorn and darts?

  • Crowd

    Outgoing, laid-back mix of students, hipsters, local musicians, and blue-collar workers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Darts, pool, TVs, jukebox, and occasional live music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Free popcorn.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$5.50/draft or $7–$18/pitcher, cocktails $5–$7.50, shots $3.50–$6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: mostly jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays attract the largest crowds, but weeknights are also good for low-key drinks.

  • Close By

    Model Café (7 North Beacon Street) has a similar dive bar vibe and low prices.

Silhouette Cocktail Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Pretty Much The Best bar In Allston
Joe D. May 30, 2013
This where you can come every day at noon (except Mondays and Tuesdays at 4) when it opens and see the same cast of characters drinking the same things. This where you go during hurricanes and snowstorms to ride the weather out. You can turn the sil in to a cheap date, a hang out with friends, a tears in your beer by yourself session, a lone drink, many a pitcher, shots, whatever you want it to be. This is a cheap neighborhood bar with no pretense. It has free darts, free popcorn, old men, and Keno. During the day it's mostly men with the exception of Irene if she's working. And you're luck if she is working because it's like drinking with your quirky aunt. At night the younger college and Allston residents come in. The music is a juke box so you can hear anything from Mariah Carey to Megadeth to Jay-Z, or all the above back to back. Can't rally go wrong with this cash only Allston relic.
Pure Dive-Bar Deliciousness
Sam R. Apr 1, 2013
Ever wanted to throw darts with a purple-haired punk rocker while tossing down delightfully refreshing three dollar tall boys? If you answered yes than The Silhouette Cocktail Lounge, complete with free salty popcorn, booths and tables war-torn to near perfection and more characters than a Proust novel may be just the place for you. While this Allston fixture caters toward the leather jacket, skinny jean crowd, you won’t be turned away in a pea-coat. Instead, incredibly affable bartenders will serve you cheap beer or monstrous mixed drinks ensuring a good time will be had by all. Old booths, tall tables and a bar full of gregarious locals are surrounded by neon beer signs and a few TV’s in the main room. Make your way through here and you’ll run into the consistently bustling pool table. The jukebox in the corner usually plays Slayer, but no one’s really going to mind if you toss on a little Counting Crows either. Just make sure to select whatever you want early if you want to hear it before closing. Keep walking and you’ll find a nice sized dart room. On weekend nights it tends to get busy back here so you’ll have plenty of time to first take down a few 9 dollar pitchers to ensure better dart throwing accuracy. If you’re nervous about you dart skills try taking aim at some deer or water fowl on the Big Buck Hunter first. The facilities, while lacking in general cleanliness, have so much character it’s sort of hard to find any fault with them. There’s a smoking area out back which gets a good bit of use, just make sure not to bring a beer out there. It’s cash only, and with the prices so low that means that 20 bucks is pretty much the maximum amount of cash that you can possibly remember spending.
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