The Phoenix Landing

Club / Irish Pub / Restaurant / Sports Bar
The Phoenix Landing Cambridge's Phoenix Landing is a multi-faceted Boston Irish pub, soccer hub, & dance club. Check out Party Earth for more on this busy Boston bar/restaurant. Boston United States 42.364212 -71.101787
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The Phoenix Landing - Club | Irish Pub | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.
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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

  • Hours:

    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

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Phoenix Landing Review

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Cambridge's Phoenix Landing is a multi-faceted Boston Irish pub, soccer hub, & dance club. Check out Party Earth for more on this busy Boston bar/restaurant.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want a chance to avoid the cover charge, grab a booth for dinner and linger until the lights start flashing.

  • Crowd

    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+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: athletic wear, comfy jeans, hoodies, worn t-shirts, flowy dresses, colorful sneakers, tight tank-tops, baseball hats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

The Phoenix Landing User Reviews

Average rating:
Irish Pub of all Trades
Mitchell G. Aug 19, 2013
The Phoenix Landing is the oft forgotten joint exactly one pizza spot away from the Middle East in Cambridge, however that is not to say that The Phoenix comes in second by any means. It is an Irish Pub that seeks to fit every one of those niches. First and foremost, you can get one of the best Irish Breakfasts in Boston here as well as solid Shepherd's Pie and Fish and Chips. Add on to that the coverage of damn near every soccer match you could want (I once watched an A-League game here during the middle of the afternoon with no complaints from patrons or bar staff) and a fairly solid whiskey selection and you have all your Irish Pub staples. However as common as Gaelic on a pub mirror and Guinness on tap is a dance floor amongst Boston's Irish pubs. What the Landing lacks in dance space (it'll get crowded in there with less than 100 people) it makes up for in premium low-cost musical acts. Some of the best DJ's in their niche genres come through here including the longest running Drum and Bass night in all of New England each and every Thursday for over a decade. The best (or worst) part? it's 19 plus so the underage crowd cutting their teeth on bar etiquette has some place semi-respectable to throw down and the security staff is just the right blend of friendly and mean spirited to keep those kids in check. Plus I've never seen the cover charge break 10$. Long story short Phoenix Landing is a small little joint full of personality. I wouldn't come here expecting bottle service or a proper hosting of a bachelorette party, but for good food reasonable priced cocktails and great DJ's without judgmental crowds full of bro-tank clad frat boys, I'd rank it high on my list.
Great for dancing!
Amanda M. Jan 8, 2013
Came here for halloween. Very good vibe and good music. Bartenders were super nice and had very quick service despite it being very packed! Good selection of drinks! If you want to dance, this is the place to be. On normal nights the cover charge is only $5 which is super manageable!
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