TT the Bear's Place

Bar / Music Venue
TT the Bear's Place Cambridge has long been considered Boston's musical hub, and TT the Bear's Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches. Boston United States 42.363562 -71.101752
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Party Earth Review Cambridge has long been considered Boston’s musical hub, and TT the Bear’s Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches. Twenty... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Party Earth TT the Bear's Place Review

The Scene

Cambridge has long been considered Boston's musical hub, and TT the Bear's Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches.

Cambridge has long been considered Boston’s musical hub, and TT the Bear’s Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches.

Twenty-something hipsters from nearby Harvard and MIT pack the black box bar adorned with Christmas lights to bop and sway along to the night’s performers. The roster of acts is generally heavy on cutting-edge indie rock, electronic, and punk, but the eclectic monthly schedule can feature anything from folk to jazz, especially early in the week.

Occasional DJ nights – especially the Saturday night “Heroes” 80s dance party – draw more of a clubber and cool nerd crowd, and the atmosphere can go from subdued to raucous.

Deafened partiers in need of a break from the music and conversation can head to the chill lounge area in the back for a drink or a game of pool before heading back to the noisy main room.

One of Boston’s more relevant venues, TT the Bear’s Place is a sure bet for an underground music scene that keeps the hipsters and music lovers coming back for more.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you want to check the place out without paying a cover charge, swing by for the free Gong Show karaoke contest on Monday nights. It’s a fun and freewheeling event that features local music celebrities as judges – and if you don’t get eliminated with the sound of the gong, you just might win the prize.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, college students, artsy young professionals, and music lovers, mid to late 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music every night, mostly indie rock, though the schedule can vary widely. DJs on Saturdays, Gong Show karaoke contest on Mondays. Pool tables.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $3–$12. Beer $3.75+, wine $6, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Stylish casual: retro 80s dresses, skinny jeans, vintage t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    The Enormous Room (567 Massachusettes Avenue) is another good live music venue with a similar crowd.

TT the Bear's Place User Reviews

Average rating:
A venue for music enthusiasts
Jeanette J. May 6, 2013
For music enthusiasts, TT the Bear's Place always offers a great line up of musicians any night of the week. I have attended a number of shows at this venue and can always get a good view of the stage. For musicians looking to book a venue to play at, this place produces quality sound. For a good beer selection and a great environment, go check out a show sometime at TT the Bear's Place, right behind the Middle East!
Xmortis at TT's
ShiSha K. May 5, 2013
I love the chance to get dressed up. Xmortis is a great alternative to the typical Friday night. Sometimes the themes are great like X-Mortis (a comic book-themed night), Follow the White Rabbit (wonderland and exceptions to all black rule), Monster A-Go-Go (a night of vintage horror), Fashion Victims (gothic fashion shows) and of course my favorite Arabian Nights. Xmortis is a must see not just for Halloween but all year round.
cheap and fun but not for everyone
Mary K. Feb 21, 2013
TT the Bear’s Place is one of the most interesting and polarizing concert venues in Boston. Since they have live performances seven nights a week, they can host a variety of events, ranging from grunge concerts to 80s nights to Marti Gras parties. The bar is cheap and the surrounding lounge area is separate from the performance space, making it a comfortable place to socialize or play a quick game of pool before a show. The music is played in a relatively small space compared to a lot of other venues in the area. This means that the crowd is generally packed together pretty tightly. It’s not an uncomfortably space, and the size allows the entire audience to have a much more intimate and intense concert experience than they would have at other venues. But it also means that it can get a little rowdy. In my time there I have seen people emerge with black eyes from moshing, engage in shirtless crowd surfing, and actually manage to break the band’s equipment. It makes for a great time if you like that sort of energy, but it is understandably not for everyone. Another issue is that the performance space has fairly poor acoustics. This isn’t much of a problem when loud bands are playing, but it might not be the right venue to see a quieter acoustic set. Also, there is no air conditioning system, which can be brutal in the summer. If you have an issue with leaving a concert covered in other people’s sweat, I would advise you not to come here in hot weather. Overall, TT the Bear’s Place can make for a fun night out, provided a loud act is playing and you don’t mind dive bar ambiance. Make sure to check their website for a schedule of their nightly acts.
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