Bars and Clubs in Boston

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    The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub - Bar | Club | Lounge | Middle Eastern Restaurant | Music Venue in Boston.

    Party Earth Review Boasting one of the motliest music scenes in town, The Middle East is a versatile entertainment complex and nightlife magnet for hipsters, college students, and the music obsessed. Divided into four areas, the venue’s main space is known as “The Corner,” a festive red and yellow bar and dining room featuring acoustic acts ... 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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    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 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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    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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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:

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

    20s / 30s

    Game On! - Sports Bar in Boston.

    20s / 30s

    The Greatest Bar - Club | Sports Bar in Boston.

    Arcade Games / Balcony

    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:

    Alibi - Hotel Bar | Lounge in Boston.

    Affluent / Bottle Service

    Top of the Hub - Bar | Restaurant in Boston.

    30s / Affluent

    Post 390 - Bar | Restaurant | Tavern in Boston.

    Affluent / Ambient

    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

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

    20s / 80s Music

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

    Alternative Country / Alternative Music

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

    Alternative / Bar Food

    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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