Lizard Lounge

Bar / Lounge / Music Venue
Lizard Lounge Tucked away in the basement of the Cambridge Common restaurant is The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston's best live music venues that attracts a diverse clientele of students, beatniks, and alternative types. Boston United States 42.382109 -71.119587
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Party Earth Review Tucked away in the basement of the Cambridge Common restaurant is The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston’s best live music venues that attracts a diverse clientele of students, beatniks, and alternative types. A staircase lined... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7:30pm–2am, though may vary by show

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Lizard Lounge Videos

Patty Griffin - "Free" Live at Lizard Lounge, Boston 1.30.07
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Patty Griffin - "Free" Live at Lizard Lounge, Boston 1.30.07
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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper @ Lizard Lounge 11/7/09
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"No Bad News" Live at Lizard Lounge, Boston 1.30.07
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Session Americana covers "The Shape I'm In" by The Band - Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA 12/8/09
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Dann Russo at the Lizard Lounge
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The Boston Boys - Hypnotized live @ Lizard Lounge
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Party Earth Lizard Lounge Review

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Tucked away in the basement of the Cambridge Common restaurant is The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston's best live music venues that attracts a diverse clientele of students, beatniks, and alternative types.

Tucked away in the basement of the Cambridge Common restaurant is The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston’s best live music venues that attracts a diverse clientele of students, beatniks, and alternative types.

A staircase lined with press clippings and posters leads patrons into what looks more like a comfortable rec room rather than hallowed musical ground.

Crushed velvet curtains and plush red rugs are illuminated by a dim red glow and keep the place homey, a vibe augmented by the fact that there is no stage – instead, musicians perform at eye level with only a Persian rug separating them from the audience. Such an intimate setting can lead to an appreciative hush for solo performers or, at more raucous shows, to lively interaction between bands and audience.

Most nights see a young, hip crowd of musicians and Harvard students mixing with older Cambridge beatniks and local music lovers, all come together to enjoy music ranging from rock to folk, blues, and jazz.

Round wooden tables on either side of the room offer a place for couples and groups to gather, while lone arrivals tend to congregate near the bar in the back corner, where bartenders work quickly to serve up cocktails with names like Croc and Roll.

Offering a little bit of everything, Lizard Lounge is a well-rounded venue where patrons can kick back with cold beers, good friends, and great music.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check the website for occasional early evening showcases. These free shows start at 7:30pm and offer a great chance to check out the club as well as some up-and-coming talent without paying a cover charge.

  • Crowd

    Harvard students, beatniks, hippies, alternative types, and music lovers, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music Mondays through Saturdays includes rock, folk, blues, and jazz. Poetry Slam on Sundays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar food, burgers, wings, and sandwiches. Dinner menu available till midnight.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$15. Appetizers $5–$9, entrées $5–$10. Beer $4–$6.50, cocktails $6–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, from button-downs and slacks to vintage t-shirts and tight jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights when the most well-known bands usually play.

  • Close By

    For something more substantial than wings, Cambridge Common is a restaurant located directly above the Lizard Lounge.

Lizard Lounge User Reviews

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The Longwalls - "Americana Popsmiths from Boston" Album Review for Lizard Lounge Release
Jon S. May 27, 2013
Kowloon, Boston-based band The Longwall’s latest EP, blends sounds of forlorn guitar and vocal lines with poppy, steady backbeats. Kowloon refers to the former walled city in Hong Kong of the same name. Drawing inspiration from this contained community, the songs on this album work to create a restrained and subdued resonance, fitting nicely into the Americana tradition. Though assuredly part of this genre, songs such as “Big MT” and “Long for Shipwrecks” could easily be mistaken for alternative rock songs from the nineties. Lead singer Alan Wuorinen’s voice has a Jeff Tweedy twang to it, which perches atop the layers of sound the instruments create. “Woods Pretty” is a plodding, atmospheric tune, filled with an odd mix of noodling banjo and radio static background noise. It acts as the album’s eye of the storm, a deviation in pace from the other, faster songs. Though the change of tempo is essential, “Woods Pretty,” almost hypnotic in its plodding, falls short in its attempt to vary in beat, insofar as it retains a straight-ahead structure. However, “Maybe Golden” provides more pop-Americana charm to pull the listener through to the end of the album. At 27 minutes in length, these eight tracks feel like just enough. The album as a whole is at once unsettling, melancholic, and peaceful. Indeed, as the listener reaches the final track, “Bring Me Peace,” a feeling of tranquility has already been delivered.
Quaint and Cozy
Ashleigh O. Apr 22, 2013
Lizard Lounge is a small and relaxing space where you can experience live performances of all kinds. Located underneath the Cambridge Common Restaurant, it is a little hideaway, offering guests with a comfortable and welcoming ambiance. I went to the Lizard Lounge during one of their poetry slam nights where I not only witnessed some mind-blowing rhymes, but a marriage proposal as well. The first poet surprised his girlfriend by pulling her on stage, which was simple seeing as the stage is part of the lounge, at ground level with the audience. After reciting his romantic and clearly well rehearsed piece, he got down on one knee and revealed the ring. Of course, she said yes, and the crowd went wild with support as the poetry judges awarded him perfect “10’s” across the board. The bartender quickly came over with complimentary champagne to celebrate and toast their lives together. Seeing such a strong and loving reaction given by so many strangers made me really appreciate the atmosphere of the lounge. Even though the space seemed a bit cramped at times, I felt like I was a part of this art appreciating community for the entire night. If you are looking for a relaxed and cozy place to enjoy the arts with friends both old and new, I recommend paying Lizard Lounge a visit on your next night out.
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