Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    Lord Hobo - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review After much heralding, Lord Hobo and his motley crew of daily-changing ales and microbrews have set up court in Cambridge. Just beyond the heavy red curtains, patrons will find a single dark chamber filled on weeknights with young professionals in full post-work chill-out mode, and on weekends with a more energetic hipster ... more

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    Cantab Lounge - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Featuring local rock, blues, and soul musicians every night, Cantab Lounge’s upstairs/downstairs set-up attracts an eclectic cross-section of pub crawlers, college kids, and music lovers. Early in the week, patrons will find a pretty chill atmosphere as a laid-back crowd of blue-collar regulars congregates at the ground ... more

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    Common Ground - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Student-friendly Allston may be packed with all-too-similar “bar and grill” venues, but Common Ground stands out from the herd with its unique and extensive beer list, solid food, convivial neighborhood bar vibe, and a slightly older and more upscale clientele. The crisp cream-colored walls and dark wood trim, combined ... more

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    Summer Shack - Seafood Restaurant | Tiki Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Boston is far from an island paradise, but unpretentious seafood joint Summer Shack brings a bit of the tropics – and a whole lot of shellfish – to Beantown. Located near Fenway, Symphony Hall, and the Hynes Convention Center, the venue caters to a wide array of patrons, from diehard Sox fans to busy ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Boasting over fifty handcrafted ales, lagers, pilsners, and stouts, Fenway-based Boston Beer Works keeps a steady flow of Red Sox and craft beer fans on tap. During baseball season, the conveniently located venue hosts rowdy hordes of jerseyed pilsner pounders who gather in the Dugout, the smaller bar and dining area, or ... more

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    The Fours - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Established in 1976 when Bobby Orr was kicking butt for the Bruins, The Fours is an energetic bar whose focus on sports and proximity to TD Garden brings in crowds of sports fans and concert-goers alike. A décor largely consisting of dark wood furnishings and a collection of pennants, photos, autographed jerseys, and hockey ... more

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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

    The Greatest Bar - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Arcade Games / Balcony

    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

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

    Bottle Service / Burgers

    City Bar - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar in Boston.

    Burgers / Button-downs

    Top of the Hub - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Affluent

    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:

    TT the Bear's Place - Bar | Music Venue in Boston.

    20s / 80s Music

    Green Street - Cocktail Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Ambient / Beer

    Great Scott - Bar | Music Venue in Boston.

    20s / 80s Music

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

    Alternative Country / Alternative 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:

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

    20s / 30s

    The Corner Tavern - Pub | Restaurant | Tavern in Boston.

    After Work / Artsy

    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    20s / Alternative Rock

    Drink - Cocktail Bar | Speakeasy in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    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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