Bars and Clubs in Boston

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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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    The Asgard - Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Despite only being around since 2005, The Asgard has a homey vintage vibe thanks a whole mess of Ireland-imported décor and furnishings, some of which date back nearly two centuries. Of course, the local MIT regulars are probably more interested in the extensive craft beer list and the cheap wings than where the lampshades ... more

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

    Party Earth Review Tucked between the South End and Back Bay, Club Café is a buzzing hetero-friendly gay hotspot perfect for high-energy evenings with a vibrant crowd. Early evenings see well-dressed couples sliding into the upholstered booths in the warm red and brown lounge for a bite to eat before heading in to see what’s happening in ... 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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    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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    The Place - Club | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Party Earth Review If the fist-pumping Jersey Shore crew ever relocated to Boston, odds are good The Place would be on their frizzy-haired radar. In fact, they’d fit right in amid the kids in low-cut shirts and barely-there skirts who show up for nightly DJs and large cocktails. Chiefly a sports bar earlier in the day, the venue draws young ... 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:

    Game On! - Sports Bar in Boston.

    20s / 30s

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

    Bar Food / Baseball

    Beacon Hill Pub - Dive Bar | Pub in Boston.

    20s / Arcade Games

    Market (MKT) - Club | Lounge 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:

    Storyville - Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Ambient / Blazers

    Top of the Hub - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Affluent

    Alibi - Hotel Bar | Lounge in Boston.

    Affluent / Bottle Service

    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:

    Green Street - Cocktail Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    Ambient / Beer

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

    80s Music / Artists

    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:

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

    After Work / Artsy

    The Lower Depths - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    20s / Alternative Rock

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

    80s Music / Arcade Games

    Lucky's Lounge - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.

    Acoustic / Artists

    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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