Middlesex Lounge

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Middlesex Lounge 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. Boston United States 42.362517 -71.098639
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Club/Lounge: M–W 5pm–1am, Th–Sa 5pm–2am
    Lunch: M–F 11:30am–2:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Middlesex Lounge Review

The Scene

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.

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 gray suede benches and wood tables are rolled to the periphery of the dance floor, and the Middlesex lets loose.

The sleek and chic minimalist décor puts the emphasis squarely on the music and on the loyal clientele of alternative types and dance fiends that pack the space to overflowing every night, crowding the DJ’s booth to request their favorites.

A projector casts trippy psychedelic animations against a large background screen as the buoyant guests hit the floor to get their groove on.

Those in need of a break can mosey up to the bar, where easygoing, efficient bartenders fuel the nightly party with an endless supply of beer and whiskey.

Though Middlesex Lounge may seem like a mild-mannered venue by day, it turns into a wild rave at night – in fact, hopeful partiers are advised to get there before 10pm, or they’ll be left to stare in at the capacity crowd from Massachusetts Avenue.

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Tip from Jonah:

Depending on the music, the crowd and overall scene can change from night to night – so definitely check out the DJ schedule beforehand. And if you get there after 10pm, be prepared to wait in line for at least an hour.

  • Crowd

    Mix of artsy alternative types, students, and young professionals, 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mixes from house to hip-hop. Theme nights include Electronic Techno Thursdays and Make It New (electro DJ night) every other Tuesday. Occasional live bands. Check the website for a list of DJs, times, and special events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups. Snack plates and sandwiches in the evening. Bar opens at 5pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5 after 9pm/Th–Sa. Soups and salads $5–$7.25, sandwiches $6–$8, snack plates $5–$12. Beer $3–$9, wine $6–$12, sparkling wine $8–$200, cocktails $5–$9, mixed drinks $7–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, from conservative polo shirts to funky tutus and wigs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays and the electro nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Close By

    Miracle of Science Bar & Grill (321 Massachusetts Avenue), a cool, low-key bar that draws a similar crowd.

Middlesex Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Put on your dancing shoes!
Christie C. Apr 4, 2013
As a newbie to the Boston nightlife scene, I was under the impression that it was an electronic music wasteland until I discovered the electro night at Middlesex Lounge Cambridge. The place was a bit empty when I arrived but I decided to give it a chance (who wouldn't with a $5 cover?). As the basic but classic cocktails began to work their magic, a crowd began to form and some really awesome dance grooves began to take shape on the nice spacious dance floor. A special moment occurred when a group of break dancers came in and had a dance battle center stage. The beats were great, although I wish the volume was just slightly higher. I also wished there was no TV as it was only women on the dance floor until 11pm but this seems to be the usual case in clubs I've been to in the US so far. Overall, I would say that if you like dancing and electronic music this is a great space to bust out that new dance move you've been practicing in your living room.
Best Energy and Diversity in Boston
Izak S. Feb 22, 2013
Middlesex Lounge has the best combination of energetic dancing and crowd diversity. I don't just mean diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, which Middlesex has due to its Central Square location and house/hip-hop variety on weekend nights. It has good class diversity as well due to its inexpensive cover charge ($5), and its relaxed dress code. Thus, this club is a hot spot. If you arrive after eleven expect a solid 25-45 minute wait in line. Your best bet is to try to get there as close to ten as possible, but the plethora of bars next to Middlesex make this club a great all-around evening out, as you can get a nice buzz before going in or waiting in line if you have to. If you like dancing you will like Middlesex. Dance circles form spontaneously with all types of people sharing the spotlight. Because of the economic and racial diversity of the crowd, the mood is carefree and vibrant, but by no means is it relaxed; everyone is there to drink, laugh, and dance. One of, if not the best dancing venues in the Boston area.
Best Dancing in Cambridge
Alisa K. Feb 21, 2013
Middlesex is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a night of dancing but don’t want to dress up or shell out for an expensive cover. It’s very reflective of Cambridge’s casual and eclectic style—you’ll see girls in mini skirts and heels and others in hoodies and jeans; anything goes here. The music is just as diverse. You’ll hear anything from old school hip hop to EDM to ‘90s favorites. Don’t let the relaxed attire fool you though, Middlesex lines can be over an hour long Fridays and Saturdays after 11, which isn’t the worst time if you have a fun crowd and nice weather, but can be pretty terrible over the winter. Inside is basically a rowdy basement party—the small venue consists only of the dancing area and bar, and the second you walk in you’re on the dance floor. The walls are lined with couches but those are usually covered with jackets, so don’t expect to be able to sit down and have an intimate chat. One major downside is the bathroom—the lines can get pretty bad on weekends. Otherwise, the cover is cheap, the bartenders are great, and the music is awesome. Boston’s top DJs spin here regularly. Middlesex is my favorite spot for a rowdy night of dancing to great music without the hassle of upscale clubs downtown. It’s a great party atmosphere in an otherwise laidback Cambridge. PS—Catch DJ Frank White spin on a Friday night for a spicy blend of reggae, house, funk, and disco.
A chill space with a vibrant crowd
Alicia F. Nov 21, 2012
By day, Middlesex Lounge is a great spot to relax and grab lunch. The dimly lit space has all the comforts of home with small wooden tables and comfy low suede benches, and the occasional film playing on the large projector. At night, however, you’ll rarely see people sitting or relaxing... Dance fanatics and music lovers pack the wide open space on a nightly basis to listen to the extensive DJ’s from all over the world. The colorful crowd offsets the minimal décor, with hipsters, urbanites, and college students partying until last call. Bartenders are friendly and happy to make suggestions on both food and cocktails! My personal suggestion: A rhum old fashioned.
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