Party Earth Review An Irish pub, soccer hub, and dance club all united under the enormous wooden phoenix perched out front, The Phoenix Landing pulls a seamless Jekyll and Hyde act as it transforms into each incarnation throughout the day... ... read full review
512 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red Line: Central Square
M–W 11am–1am, Th–Sa 11am–2am, Su 10am–1am
Opens earlier for major overseas soccer matches
Kitchen closes at 10pm, 9pm on Sundays
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
An Irish pub, soccer hub, and dance club all united under the enormous wooden phoenix perched out front, The Phoenix Landing pulls a seamless Jekyll and Hyde act as it transforms into each incarnation throughout the day.
Framed jerseys, antique Guinness signs, flat-screens, and leprechaun statuettes dress the walls and form the backdrop for a bar that runs nearly the entirety of one side of the narrow room. If the game is on – especially the one everybody in the world outside of the US calls football – the venue swarms with expats and die-hard locals chanting and raging at every pass, point, and forced penalty flag.
Hoodie-clad chums stick around afterwards, congregating at booths in an alcove at the front or around the nicked high-tops in the center to sip a microbrew and wolf down pub grub that includes everything from ahi tuna burgers to loaded nachos.
Promptly at 10pm, however, tables are whisked away, DJs set up in the unfinished wooden booth at back, and a merry, no-holds-barred dance party quickly lets loose.
Top 40 mixed with old-school favorites keep the sneakers shuffling on meat-market Fridays and Saturdays, but during the week, close-knit crews donning snug tanks and plaid gladly pay the paltry cover to get in on some of Boston’s rarer dance scenes, including roots, reggae, and international electronica nights.
Regardless of the day, all’s well at The Phoenix Landing – as in, they do it all, and well.
Chatty laid-back pals, soccer nuts, sports fans, dancing fools, eclectic DJ lovers, and plenty of libidinous young men, mid-20s to late 30s with some nights 19+.
Flat-screens broadcast most major sporting events, with a special emphasis on soccer. Venue is Boston’s official Liverpool Supporters Club.
DJs spin a variety of genres nightly. Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Wednesdays. Old-school flip jukebox packed with beloved rock classics. Free Wi-Fi.
Brunch, lunch, and dinner menus including omelets, burgers, and a few hearty Irish staples like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Lunch menu available 11am–2pm M–F, dinner menu available 5–10pm daily. Seasonal outdoor patio.
Cover charge $5–$10 (usually free before 9:30pm). Appetizers $5–$12, soups $3.75–$6, salads $8–$11, burgers and wraps $7–$14, entrées $11–$14. Beer $5–$8, wine $6–$9/glass or $24–$33/bottle, cocktails $8–$9.
Casual: athletic wear, comfy jeans, hoodies, worn t-shirts, flowy dresses, colorful sneakers, tight tank-tops, baseball hats.
Any time a major soccer game is on, Mondays for one of the only reggae nights in the city, Wednesday nights for Geeks Who Drink Trivia, Friday and Saturday nights to get a groove and a buzz on amid an exuberant crowd, or any other night based on musical preferences.
The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (480 Massachusetts Avenue) is Cambridge’s holy grail for live music lovers and has the same festive neighborhood feel.