Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    The Franklin Café - Bar | Café | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A quaint and lively destination for fashionable city diners, the Franklin Café attracts an animated clientele of affluent locals, stylish couples, and trendy hipsters. With space for only forty people, the venue maintains a comfy yet chic atmosphere, backed up by dim lighting, red mirrored walls, and black leather booths ... more

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    The Independent - Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A lively neighborhood watering hole with a loyal clientele, The Independent is a casual bar and restaurant where locals and young professionals gather for some good food and mellow after-work drinks, or even a bit of late night dancing. A warm décor of dark wood paneling, intricate wood carvings, and black booths – punctuated ... 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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    Cuchi Cuchi - Cocktail Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A spirited and ultra-feminine mélange of classic French and Jazz Age styles, Cuchi Cuchi, named for Charo’s trademark expression, is a charming and slightly kooky cocktail bar popular with fun-loving bachelorettes and birthday girls. Bejeweled and feathered hostesses dolled up like flappers and showgirls usher the animated ... 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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    Stats Bar & Grille - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review A sports bar for the trendy set, Stats Bar & Grille offers just what the name says – scores, drinks, and grub – all in an uncluttered setting that puts the focus squarely on the flat-screens that dominate the walls and the bar in the center of the main room. During dinner hours, laid-back jersey-wearing fans and Southie ... 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:

    The Greatest Bar - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Arcade Games / Balcony

    The Fours - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    30s / After Work

    Game On! - Sports Bar in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    Cask'n Flagon - Nightclub | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    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

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

    Bottle Service / Burgers

    Top of the Hub - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Affluent

    City Bar - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar in Boston.

    Burgers / Button-downs

    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:

    Charlie’s Kitchen - Beer Garden | Dive Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Boston.

    80s Music / Artists

    Brendan Behan's Pub - Bar | Irish Pub in Boston.

    20s / Artists

    Lizard Lounge - Bar | Lounge | Music Venue in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    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

    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    20s / Alternative Rock

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

    After Work / Artsy

    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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