Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    Noir - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Stylish and sexy, Noir is a vibrant nightspot that exudes a smoky 1940s atmosphere befitting its evocative name. Once past the red beaded curtains, the clientele of swanky fashionistas and finance types slink into a dark and moody nook where businessmen lean against the curved white marble bar to eye the elegant model-types ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Cambridge has long been considered Boston’s musical hub, and TT the Bear’s Place has been a thriving mainstay since 1989, with past performers including the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, and Peaches. Twenty-something hipsters from nearby Harvard and MIT pack the black box bar adorned with Christmas lights ... 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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    Clink - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Patrons looking to do time in a relaxed lounge and restaurant can head to Clink, a unique venue in the lobby of the Liberty Hotel that once housed the Charles Street Jail. Situated under a series of spotlighted guard catwalks, the intimate space features exposed brick, arched windows, and large iron chandeliers that create ... more

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    Middlesex Lounge - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review If variety is the spice of life, then Middlesex Lounge and its impressive selection of international DJs are adding some serious flavor to the Cambridge area. Patrons shouldn’t be fooled by the tiny bar and modest high-ceilinged lounge that doubles as a mellow local eatery by day – at 10pm, the line starts forming, the ... more

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    Doyle’s Café - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Established in 1882 and featured in films including Mystic River, Doyle’s Café is the granddaddy of Beantown Irish pubs, a veritable wood-paneled time machine whose décor of antique clocks, colorful murals, period photos, and vintage newspaper clippings celebrate its long history. Waitresses slinging “chowda” in their thick ... 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

    The Fours - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    30s / After Work

    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:

    City Bar - Cocktail Bar | Hotel Bar in Boston.

    Burgers / Button-downs

    Post 390 - Bar | Restaurant | Tavern in Boston.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Storyville - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Ambient / Blazers

    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:

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

    20s / 30s

    Great Scott - Bar | Music Venue in Boston.

    20s / 80s Music

    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    20s / Alternative Rock

    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:

    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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