Toad

Bar / Live Music Venue
Toad Marked only by a small neon sign, Toad is a tiny bar and music venue with a far bigger reputation than its diminutive size might suggest. Boston United States 42.3890129 -71.119831
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Toad - Bar | Live Music Venue in Boston.
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Party Earth Review Marked only by a small neon sign, Toad is a tiny bar and music venue with a far bigger reputation than its diminutive size might suggest. Attracting a diverse clientele of music lovers, artists, hippies, and hipsters... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W 5pm–1am, Th–Sa 5pm–2am, Su 3pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Toad Review

The Scene

Marked only by a small neon sign, Toad is a tiny bar and music venue with a far bigger reputation than its diminutive size might suggest.

Marked only by a small neon sign, Toad is a tiny bar and music venue with a far bigger reputation than its diminutive size might suggest.

Attracting a diverse clientele of music lovers, artists, hippies, and hipsters, this popular nightspot – which boasts such alumni as Tracy Chapman, G Love & Special Sauce, and even Eddie Vedder – consists of a single narrow room where talented blues, rock, folk, and Americana performers fill the stage every night.

Decked out in bright red paneling and not much else, the space offers a long, classic polished wood bar adorned with brass toads on one side, and a few scattered tables on the other where laid-back patrons meet up for drinks earlier in the evening.

Both the atmosphere and the music tend to start out mellow when a slightly artsy after-dinner crowd of casually-dressed Cambridge locals trickles in to catch the early show, but as the night wears on and the bands get louder – and conversation becomes impossible – a livelier crew starts flocking in to bounce to the beats and down their share of the dozen microbrews on tap.

A varied roster of musical acts – usually two bands a night – means the scene can change at a moment’s notice, from older hippies enjoying some low-key cocktails and hot jazz to boisterous groups of in-the-know hipsters and Harvard students getting down to some hard-stomping rockabilly.

Definitely not for those interested in quiet conversation, Toad promises a loud and lively night of some of the best music in town – and all without a cover charge.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed, conversational atmosphere, check out Sunday Spins every Sunday from 3 to 8pm. Patrons bring their vinyl collections and sign up to play three songs of their choosing before passing the turntable to the next person.

  • Crowd

    Varies according to band, but generally laid-back students, alternative types, artists, hippies, and hipsters, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music every night, usually two bands per night. Check the website for a music schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$5.50, wine $4–$8, cocktails $6–$11.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night a band of interest is playing, Thursdays through Saturdays to see more established bands, and Sundays for Sunday Spins where DJs play vinyl records.

  • Close By

    The next-door Christopher’s Restaurant (1920 Massachusetts Avenue), owned by the same people, is a good place for a pre-show dinner.

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