nightly music mix here might sometimes veer to cabaret or even
burlesque, but local jazz musicians are the mainstay for a usually
well-dressed, mature crowd at least a decade past their schooldays.
Convivial bar scene and some excellent comfort food, such as paella or
polenta with ratatouille, round out the multi-faceted appeal of this
great night out.
541 Tremont St
617 423 0096
The Middle East
region’s alternative rock scene can trace its genesis to this Central
Square landmark. This influential venue has launched many careers.
Seminal local bands like the Pixies, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and
Morphine all played on the Middle East’s three stages. Today, the club
continues the tradition, openly embracing musicians operating just under
the mainstream, popular radar .
Green Street Grill
the river side of slowly gentrifying Central Square, Green Street
morphs from an upmarket restaurant into a blues and jazz club starting
around 10:30pm. The talent tends to be local and ethnic – a great place
to catch rising stars well-schooled in African and Latin rhythms. Piano
jazz brunch offered on Sundays.
280 Green St, Cambridge
617 876 1655
sumptuous red interior, glam lighting, and extensive range of designer
vodkas in the Gypsy Bar combine a stylish high-techno approach with
enchanting, old-fashioned romanticism. It is easy to see why this
attention-seekers’ paradise has won various polls including sexiest bar
and best pick-up spot .
dance music, tasty meals, and healthy bar food are just part of the
Redline secret. When the DJs turn up the volume at this hotspot, the
pheromone levels of the dancers soon start rising and the atmosphere
heats up. The attentive service, tasteful decor, and vibrant ambience
make this a great spot for cocktails.
59 JFK St, Cambridge
617 491 8951
of Inman Square’s greatest assets, where murals of Duke, Dizz, and Lady
Day inspire top jazz bands to go, go, go. Call ahead to learn if samba
or swing lessons are scheduled. And don’t miss the good value Sunday
jazz brunch: no cover, live jazz, boisterous crowds, and hearty entrees
that rarely venture above $10.
in an ornate, bilevel theater, the Roxy can accommodate more nightlife
denizens than any other Boston club. Top 40, ‘80s, Latin, and house
music are pumped through the powerful sound system, while a mixed crowd
lounges around on cushy banquettes or keeps the beat on the mammoth
dance floor .
aficionados and lovers of the eclectic from all over the city have been
flocking here for years to hear live funk, zydeco, folk rock, and – in
the case of Babalu, Johnny D’s mainstay band – punk mambo hardcore juju.
The beat keeps going seven nights a week .
Paradise Rock Club
no longer in its original downtown location, the Paradise is the oldest
name in Boston rock venues. Icons from the ‘70s and ‘80s such as Van
Halen, the Police, and Blondie first put the club on the map. Today, the
Paradise remains true to its rock ‘n’ roll roots, welcoming nationally
recognized acts that favor volume levels north of ten.
967 Commonwealth Ave
617 562 8800
champion of Latin jazz and emerging artists (for example, Norah Jones
and Diana Krall started here), Scullers is a well-known venue for
internationally established musicians. A great place to enjoy a drink
and an evening of smooth jazz by some of the best performers in the
400 Soldiers Field Rd
617 783 0090