Party Earth Review Featuring local rock, blues, and soul musicians every night, Cantab Lounge’s upstairs/downstairs set-up attracts an eclectic cross-section of pub crawlers, college kids, and music lovers. Early in the week, patrons will... ... read full review
738 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red Line: Central Square
M–W noon–1am, Th–Sa noon–2am, Su noon–1am
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
Featuring local rock, blues, and soul musicians every night, Cantab Lounge’s upstairs/downstairs set-up attracts an eclectic cross-section of pub crawlers, college kids, and music lovers.
Early in the week, patrons will find a pretty chill atmosphere as a laid-back crowd of blue-collar regulars congregates at the ground floor bar to shoot the breeze over cheap pints and listen to the live folk music drifting over the partition from the small elevated stage.
Monday’s Open Mic Night and Wednesday’s Poetry Slam get artists coming to perform original material, but the place really starts to liven up on Thursdays, giving way to more rocking weekend acts.
The cramped downstairs performance space draws crowds of indie-loving college students in vintage concert t-shirts and skinny jeans, ready to rock out to up-and-coming garage bands.
Upstairs, a slightly more mature clientele fuels up on spirits and hits the dim dance floor to get down to house-band renditions of rock and soul standards, or mingles and flirts with the twenty-something pub crawlers.
Hard to beat in terms of entertainment options, Cantab Lounge is an upbeat venue perfect for anyone looking for a cool drinking spot, a lively dance floor, an authentic music scene, and an outgoing crowd.
College students, indie music lovers, and local blue-collar regulars, mostly 20s downstairs, mid-20s to 40s upstairs.
Live music nightly, mostly folk, rock, blues, and soul. Open Mic Night on Mondays at 8pm and Poetry Slam on Wednesdays usually starting around 11pm.
Patrons are permitted to bring in food from elsewhere.
Cover charge up to $7/Th–Sa. Beer $3+, cocktails $5+.
Very casual, mostly jeans and sneakers. Tighter jeans and vintage duds downstairs.
Thursdays through Saturdays for the live music, and Mondays for Open Mic night.
The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (472–480 Massachusetts Avenue), another great live music venue, is right down the street.