Party Earth Review If variety is the spice of life, then Middlesex Lounge and its impressive selection of international DJs are adding some serious flavor to the Cambridge area. Patrons shouldn’t be fooled by the tiny bar and modest high... ... read full review
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red Line: Central Square
Club/Lounge: M–W 5pm–1am, Th–Sa 5pm–2am
Lunch: M–F 11:30am–2:30pm
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
If variety is the spice of life, then Middlesex Lounge and its impressive selection of international DJs are adding some serious flavor to the Cambridge area.
Patrons shouldn’t be fooled by the tiny bar and modest high-ceilinged lounge that doubles as a mellow local eatery by day – at 10pm, the line starts forming, the gray suede benches and wood tables are rolled to the periphery of the dance floor, and the Middlesex lets loose.
The sleek and chic minimalist décor puts the emphasis squarely on the music and on the loyal clientele of alternative types and dance fiends that pack the space to overflowing every night, crowding the DJ’s booth to request their favorites.
A projector casts trippy psychedelic animations against a large background screen as the buoyant guests hit the floor to get their groove on.
Those in need of a break can mosey up to the bar, where easygoing, efficient bartenders fuel the nightly party with an endless supply of beer and whiskey.
Though Middlesex Lounge may seem like a mild-mannered venue by day, it turns into a wild rave at night – in fact, hopeful partiers are advised to get there before 10pm, or they’ll be left to stare in at the capacity crowd from Massachusetts Avenue.
Mix of artsy alternative types, students, and young professionals, 20s to early 30s.
DJs spin mixes from house to hip-hop. Theme nights include Electronic Techno Thursdays and Make It New (electro DJ night) every other Tuesday. Occasional live bands. Check the website for a list of DJs, times, and special events.
Lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups. Snack plates and sandwiches in the evening. Bar opens at 5pm.
Cover charge $5 after 9pm/Th–Sa. Soups and salads $5–$7.25, sandwiches $6–$8, snack plates $5–$12. Beer $3–$9, wine $6–$12, sparkling wine $8–$200, cocktails $5–$9, mixed drinks $7–$10.
Anything goes, from conservative polo shirts to funky tutus and wigs.
Fridays and Saturdays and the electro nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Miracle of Science Bar & Grill (321 Massachusetts Avenue), a cool, low-key bar that draws a similar crowd.