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  • dbar 80s Music / Ambient / Blouses / Brunch

    Amid Dorchester’s garden variety collection of dingy pubs, dbar is a diamond in the rough – or maybe a sweet fruit in a field of rutabagas

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    dbar - Gay Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
  • Club Café 70s Music / 80s Music / 90s Music / DJ

    Tucked between the South End and Back Bay, Club Café is a buzzing hetero-friendly gay hotspot perfect for high-energy evenings with

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    Club Café - Café | Gay Bar | Gay Club | Lounge in Boston.

Boston Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Clubs, Events, and Nightlife

Down to earth, laid back, and gritty, Boston is a city that wears its heart on its sleeve – and with generations of diehard sports fans and families who can trace their lineage back to the Mayflower, that heart takes shape as an intense shared pride in their town.

Nowhere does that pride shine more than in the city’s love for its home teams. Bostonians eat, sleep, and breathe their sports, and the social scene comes alive whenever there’s a Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, or Bruins game on, when rabid fans gather at the myriad drinking dens, restaurants, and bars, from Cambridge to Allston and turn the game into an all-night event. The city is also home to hundreds of authentic Irish bars and pubs, where post-game pride transforms into beer-drinking revelry.

Despite the focus on sports, however, Boston’s heritage clearly goes beyond its teams, with some of the most famous landmarks in America making a casual stroll in the heart of Downtown feel more like a history lesson.

And unlike in most major cities, Boston’s residents enjoy a certain level of camaraderie – no doubt based on their shared love of sports and culture – that goes a long way toward making every bar and lounge feel like a local neighborhood hangout.

A big place with a small-town feel, Boston is an accessible city with myriad things to do thanks to its solid metro system, which makes it easy to hop from neighborhood to neighborhood. And though sports and history may be Boston’s lifeblood, there’s certainly more to the city than just celebrating events like St. Patrick’s Day or watching the Sox.

In fact, with more than fifty universities spread throughout the neighborhoods, there’s an ever-changing roster of students bolstering the city’s nightlife scene and making for an always spirited – and sometimes crazy – mix of people from young to old and academic to blue collar, drinking beer at sports bars, heading out to clubs, finding great live music, trading stories at pubs, and sharing in a healthy dose of good ol’ Boston pride.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    Bleacher Bar - Sports Bar in Boston.

    All Ages / Bar Food

    Kings - Bar | Bowling Alley | Pool Hall | Restaurant in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    The Greatest Bar - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Arcade Games / Balcony

    Joshua Tree - Club | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Bar Food / Baseball

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Sonsie - Bar | Restaurant | Wine Bar in Boston.

    Affluent / Ambient

    City Bar - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar in Boston.

    Burgers / Button-downs

    Alibi - Hotel Bar | Lounge in Boston.

    Affluent / Bottle Service

    Bond - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Bottle Service / Burgers

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Harvard Square - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Square in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    The Burren - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    Alternative / Bar Food

    Great Scott - Bar | Music Venue in Boston.

    20s / 80s Music

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    dbar - Gay Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    80s Music / Ambient

    Redbones BBQ - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Anything goes

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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