Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    minibar - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Lounge in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Despite the prevalent stereotype that hotel bars are soulless affairs only intended for temporary guests, the historic Copley Square Hotel’s minibar has become a go-to for plenty of chic locals looking for a chill spot to start the night. In the post-work hours, trendy Back Bay professionals claim the dark ... more

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    Storyville - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Tucked beneath the historic Copley Square Hotel, Storyville may have the same name as the preeminent jazz joint that occupied the space in the 1950s, but this new incarnation adds a modern dance flair and a focus on New Orleans-style cocktails. Gussied-up guests entering the venue file past a prominent print of Billie Holiday ... more

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    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Descending into The Lower Depths generally isn’t a good thing, unless, of course, it’s referring to Boston’s funky craft beer bar. Located a few blocks from Fenway, the venue surges with Sox fans two hours before and after games, but the regular crowd is composed of hipsters, artists, and free thinkers who congregate beneath ... more

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    Miracle of Science Bar & Grill - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Techies, nerds, and geniuses from all over Boston flock to Miracle of Science Bar & Grill, a geek-chic, open-floored venue that attracts throngs of students and staff from MIT, Tufts, and Harvard. Once the brainy patrons finish analyzing the mathematical probability of cramming their large groups onto the two benches by ... more

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    Market (MKT) - Club | Lounge in Boston.

    Party Earth Review An upscale lounge with four levels offering distinctly different social atmospheres, Market is a popular spot where college students, financial types, and local celebrities meet to drink, dance, and hook up. The first floor consists of several small spaces, including a main room with a black and red motif, dramatic chandeliers ... more

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    Toad - Bar | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    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, this popular nightspot – which boasts such alumni as Tracy Chapman, G Love & Special Sauce, and even Eddie ... more

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Browse Boston Bars and Clubs by Category

Bostonians don’t mess around with their beer or their nightlife, and the bars and clubs in Boston revolve mostly around the endless Irish pubs full of salty regulars and post-grads who get together to down pints of Guinness and home-grown micro brews, talk Pats, and dump quarters into the jukebox.

The plethora of universities in the area means that droves of students from Boston College, MIT, Boston University, and Harvard show up during the week to sing karaoke and play trivia, and then again on the meat-market weekends to rock out to cover bands and Top 40 hits in the venues around Faneuil Hall and Allston. Luckily, Boston’s T – the subway system that runs until 1am – covers most of the city, making it the “designated driver” for wasted partiers.

While beer may reign supreme, patrons in the mood for a higher-end experience and a more exclusive vibe will still find a smattering of Boston bars and clubs, with chic hotel haunts and chichi lounges in Downtown, the Leather District, or Back Bay – but high-end clubs and venues are decidedly not the defining characteristic of this beer-guzzling, blue-collar town.

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  1. Lucas

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

    Boston Beer Works - Brewery | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    20s / Bar Food

    Market (MKT) - Club | Lounge in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    Bleacher Bar - Sports Bar in Boston.

    All Ages / Bar Food

    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:

    Alibi - Hotel Bar | Lounge in Boston.

    Affluent / Bottle Service

    Top of the Hub - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Affluent

    Sonsie - Bar | Restaurant | Wine Bar in Boston.

    Affluent / Ambient

    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:

    Meadhall - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    After Work / Bar

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

    Alternative / Bar Food

    Trina’s Starlite Lounge - Dive Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Alternative Country / Alternative Music

    Paradise Rock Club and Lounge - Bar | Club | Music Venue in Boston.

    Alternative Music / Anything goes

    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:

    Tommy Doyle's - Club | Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Boston.

    80s Music / Arcade Games

    Grendel's Den - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Alternative / Artsy

    Sunset Grill & Tap - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / 80s Music

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

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Explore Boston Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Cambridge / Somerville

Tommy Doyle's - Club | Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Boston. more bars in Cambridge / Somerville

Back Bay

Storyville - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston. more bars in Back Bay

Downtown / Financial District

Bond - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar | Restaurant in Boston. more bars in Downtown / Financial District

Allston / Brighton

Wonder Bar - Bar | Lounge | Nightclub | Restaurant in Boston. more bars in Allston / Brighton

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