Party Earth Review A time-honored hangout and live venue for Beantown’s rocker community since it opened in the mid-1970s, the 1000-capacity Paradise Rock Club and Lounge has developed a reputation as a tastemaker on the Boston music scene... ... read full review
967 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Green Line (B): Pleasant Street
Allston / Brighton, Boston –
A time-honored hangout and live venue for Beantown’s rocker community since it opened in the mid-1970s, the 1000-capacity Paradise Rock Club and Lounge has developed a reputation as a tastemaker on the Boston music scene, hosting over the years such performers as The Black Crowes, Tom Waits, Wilco, and The Hold Steady.
Just as relevant today, the venue routinely books some of the best up-and-coming indie rock and alternative bands in the country, with occasional nostalgic 90s acts thrown in for good measure.
A signature black marquee and buzzing neon sign greet the crowd of hip rockers and artsy Boston University students that shows up every night to smoke, drink, and talk music in the lounge before the first band takes the stage.
Once the music starts, however, patrons pile into the music room – a vast black-box and bare boned space featuring a couple of bars and a raised stage – where the night turns into a sweaty party as raucous fans dance and sway to the waves of sound.
Loud and energetic, Paradise has an impressive history and a consistently great lineup of underground bands that give it enough street cred to keep the local scenesters coming back for more.
Artsy BU students, Allston hipsters, indie rock fans, creative young professionals, and some frat and sorority types, late teens to early 30s.
Concerts almost every night, featuring everything from indie, alternative, and classic rock to electro, dance, and hip-hop. Check the website for schedule.
Bar menu featuring fish and chips and burgers served in the front lounge area.
Cover charge $7–$25 for shows. Appetizers $5.95+, entrées $10+. Beer $5+, cocktails $8.
Casual: men in tight jeans, t-shirts, and some vintage clothing, and women in tight jeans and tops, vintage 80s dresses, leggings, and t-shirts.
Depends on the bands, but Friday and Saturday nights tend to bring in bigger crowds.
In Your Ear (957 Commonwealth Avenue) is a great used record store only a block from Paradise.