Great Scott

Bar / Music Venue
Great Scott Indie music lovers looking to catch the next hot band before it hits the big time should check out Great Scott, one of Boston's best small music venues with a reputation for finding and showcasing new talent. Boston United States 42.350128 -71.130724
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Great Scott - Bar | Music Venue in Boston.
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Party Earth Review Indie music lovers looking to catch the next hot band before it hits the big time should check out Great Scott, one of Boston’s best small music venues with a reputation for finding and showcasing new talent. Popular with... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Green Line (B): Harvard Avenue

  • Phone:

    617-566-9014

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Great Scott Videos

White Lies playing E.S.T. at Great Scott Boston October 26th 2008
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White Lies playing E.S.T. at Great Scott Boston October 26th 2008
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Dungen Live @ Great Scott Boston 10/30/08 Sluta Folja Efter
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MGMT: Time to Pretend - Great Scott (Boston, MA) 2.12.2008
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22-20s Heart On A String Great Scott Boston 1st June 2010
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A Place to Bury Strangers - Great Scott - Boston
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22-20s Such A Fool Great Scott Boston 1st June 2010
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Bear Hands Belongings Great Scott Boston 1st December 2010
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Van Halen's "Panama" by Mellow Bravo at Great Scott, Boston 3/17/10
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Party Earth Great Scott Review

The Scene

Indie music lovers looking to catch the next hot band before it hits the big time should check out Great Scott, one of Boston's best small music venues with a reputation for finding and showcasing new talent.

Indie music lovers looking to catch the next hot band before it hits the big time should check out Great Scott, one of Boston’s best small music venues with a reputation for finding and showcasing new talent.

Popular with a casually dressed young crowd of students, artists, and urban hipsters who gather to enjoy an eclectic mix of music and some reasonably priced brews, the unassuming one-room bar features little in the way of décor, save for the neon beer signs, busts of Elvis, and collection of international flags.

The focal point, of course, is the large stage that occupies the back half of the L-shaped room and plays host to local artists early in the week, when groups of Allston natives show up in their vintage duds to party.

Artists with more national cachet fill the roster later in the week, though one of the most popular events remains Friday’s The Pill, an indie dance night that packs in a stylish crowd of Allston hipsters, Boston University students, and casual club-goers who fill the dance floor to rock out to the DJs mix of indie, 80s, and Britpop tunes.

Patrons who get a bit carried away by the inexpensive draft beers and high-energy vibe needn’t worry – the dark and cavernous bar at Great Scott also opens daily at noon, making it the perfect place to nurse that Saturday afternoon hangover.

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Tip from Jonah:

Depending on the day of the week and the start time, you have to be either 18+ or 21+ to get in – and with the strict door policy, it’s a good idea to call ahead or check the website for details before heading out.

  • Crowd

    Students, art and music types, indie kids, and urban hipsters, late teens to 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music or DJs every night, emphasis on indie rock. Fridays feature live comedy show The Gas at 7pm and indie dance night The Pill at 10pm. Dr. Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing class on the second Sunday of each month at 2:30pm. Check website for start times of other events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$15. Beer $3–$6, wine $5, cocktails $5.50–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual but trendy, vintage clothes, tight jeans, fashionable but not “dressed up.”

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays for The Pill or Saturdays for big crowds.

  • Close By

    O’Brien’s Pub (3 Harvard Avenue) is a slightly smaller music venue and bar run by the owners of Great Scott.

Great Scott User Reviews

Average rating:
The Great Great Scott
Shea W. Feb 20, 2013
In time, old hipsters will remember Great Scott as one of the leading venues for showcasing new talent in Boston. In Allston – our neighborhood music giant – Great Scott is an unassuming yet classic staple if you want to keep up with the best bands in Boston. After paying a $5 to $10 cover, you enter this one-room hangout prepared to cohere with the vibe of awesomeness and enthusiastic cool. The locals are prevalent and supportive of the music, and they vary in type and taste. You can buy cheap cans of PBR, and the beers on draft are reasonably priced. This is a solid place to be on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. You know what to expect in going there, but you never know what’s going to happen, or who you’re going to meet.
great place for people to chill and enjoy the music!
Emily F. Feb 13, 2013
It's a small bar but it made me feel like a home. I watched a live music once at Great Scott. The band was hilarious and I enjoyed it a lot. The price of the show is reasonable. It has live music almost every week. A great place for people to chill and enjoy the music!
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