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The Boston Nightlife Guide Everyone’s Talking About

How many times have you found yourself wondering what you should do tonight?

Boston is an incredibly city, full of world-class nightlife options, yet we’ve all struggled to figure out what to do on a given night. Whenever you feel stick, give this list a one through and you’re sure to end up with at least a few viable candidates for any night out.

 

1. Royale Boston

Shoutout to the drop dead gorgeous Caitlin O'Toole & Nicole Mayone

Shoutout to the drop dead gorgeous Caitlin O’Toole & Nicole Mayone

and cheers to Nicky D

and cheers to Nicky D

Address: 279 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 338-7699
Yelp: (3 stars with 300+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Royale:

  • One of Boston’s most happening nightclubs
  • Tons of young rebel rousers
  • Huge, with multiple floors and extravagant finishings
  • 100+ concerts a year

2. Lookout Rooftop and Bar (Envoy Hotel)

Big ups to Mario & Alexa

Big ups to Mario & Alexa

And the shopstopping Andreina & Ulker

And the show-stopping Andreina & Ulker

Big ups to Investigative Producer Jason Solowski

Big ups to investigative producer Jason Solowski

Address: 57 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 523-1112
Yelp: (2 stars with 100+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Lookout

  • Fire pits, cozy couches and unbeatable views of the Boston Skyline
  • Excellent house made craft cocktails and nice bar menu

3. Audubon Boston

Address: 838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 421-1910
Yelp: (4 stars with 90+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Audubon

  • Great for pre- or post-game drinks near Fenway
  • Great selection of beers and hand crafted cocktails
  • Great food for a bar – like really good

4. Drink

Image Credit to the talented: Brian Samuels

Image Credit to the talented: Brian Samuels

Address: 348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02228
Phone: (617) 695-1806
Yelp: (4 stars with 1,200+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Drink:

  • Some of the most creative cocktails you’ll find in Boston
  • No cocktail menus – true mixology on display – tell them your mood and watch the magic happen
  • Great food – but some items sell out EARLY

5. City Bar

Cheers to the most adventurous couple we know

Cheers to the most adventurous couple we know

Address: 61 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02199
Phone: (617) 536-5300
Yelp: (4 stars with 200+ reviews)
Website

Why we love City Bar

  • Great spot for pre-meal drinks
  • One of the “chilliest” places on our list
  • Good for low-key nights

6. Underbar

Address: 275 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 292-0080
Yelp: (3 stars with 70+ reviews)

Why we love Underbar

  • Good house & techno DJs
  • Music can vary a lot from night to night though (so check ahead)
  • Gets loud, if that’s your thing – one of the strongest sound systems in Boston

7. Backbar

Cheers to one of Boston's best realtors Ibrahim Yilmaz

Cheers to one of Boston’s best realtors Ibrahim Yilmaz

Address:7 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: (617) 718-0249
Yelp: (4 stars with 200+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Barbar:

  • The spicy caramel popcorn
  • Low key, but TONS of fun
  • Great bartenders – they’ll make you a drink you’ll love

8. Improv Asylum

Address:216 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
Phone: (617) 263-6887
Yelp: (4 stars with 200+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Improv Asylum:

  • Best $15 you’ll spend all year
  • We are still laughing…it’s that funny

9. The Sevens Ale House

Cheers Mike!

Cheers Mike & Liz!

Address: 77 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 523-9074
Yelp
Website

Why we love the Sevens Ale House:

  • Good beer, even better pretzels
  • Laid back crowd; play darts with strangers
  • Wine & Beer only which can be a plus or minus depending on your mood

10. The Hawthorne

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Address: 500A Commonwealth, Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 532-9150
Yelp: (4 stars with 200+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Hawthorne:

  • It’s in the Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square (we love this part of town)
  • Super intimate, cozy feel – great for dates

11. Brick & Mortar

Address: 567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 491-0016
Yelp: (2 stars with 100+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Brick & Mortar

  • Amazing cocktails made by friendly bartenders
  • Cool ambiance: exposed brick walls and a coppertop bar
  • Trendy, a little hipster, but not pretentious

12. The Bell In Hand

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Cheers to the always classy Ally Chialastri

Address:45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 227-2098
Yelp: (3 stars with 500+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Bell in Hand:

  • One of the oldest taverns in the US
  • Live music and fairly priced drinks

13. Saloon

Big ups to the dapper Michael Maguire

Big ups to the dapper Michael Maguire

Address: 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Phone: (617) 628-4444
Yelp: (3.5 stars with 300+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Saloon:

  • Nice, speakeasy feel
  • Good drinks – strong or tasty – up to you
  • Really reasonable pricing, polite service

14. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

Cheers to the always fun Allie Goldberg

Cheers to the always fun Allie Goldberg

Address: 271 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 369-5609
Yelp: (4 stars with 1,000+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Lolita:

  • Great food; start with the palette cleanser
  • This isn’t where you go to rage, but it’s great for grabbing drinks with friends
  • Phenomenal drinks. We like White Lie, Strawberry Basil, Diabo and Spicy Cucumber

15. The Liberty Hotel Bar

Cheers to the super creative Sean Popke

Cheers to the super creative Sean Popke

Address: 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 224-4000
Website

Why we love the Liberty Hotel Bar

  • Liberty, Murica – yeah! (kidding)
  • Great cocktails and good small plates
  • We always end up meeting some interesting people

16. Wonder Bar

Cheers to the always interesting John Lee

Cheers to the always interesting John Lee

Address: 186 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: (617) 351-2665
Yelp: (2 stars with 100+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Wonder Bar:

  • Amazing Pan-Asian Food with tons of great vegan and vegetarian options
  • Great dance parties and comedy shows

17. Machine

Address: 1256 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 536-1950
Yelp: (3 stars with 100+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Machine:

  • One of, if not the, best Gay bars in town
  • Strong drinks, cool people, great vibe

18. The Pour House

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Address: 907 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 236-1767
Yelp: (3 stars with 900+ reviews)
Website

Why we love the Pour House

  • Surprisingly good food for this type of bar
  • Good for a fun, no-frills night

19. Whisky Saigon

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Address:116 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 482-7799
Yelp: (3 stars with 80+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Whiskey Saigon:

  • Well dressed crowd; gents are dapper ladies classy
  • Great EDM & Top 40s music

20. Guilt

Address:275 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 338-7699
Yelp: (3 stars with 20+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Guilt:

  • Good music, friendly staff
  • Themed nights: latin, soca, gay, etc

21. Middlesex Lounge

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Address: 315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 868-6739
Yelp: (3 stars with 300+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Middlesex Lounge:

  • The music is great: everything from Drake to Taylor Swift and some great throwbacks
  • Great for when you want to dance and not be the only one dancing

25. Havana Club

Shoutout to ever talented Erikita

Shoutout to ever talented Erikita

Address: 288 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 312-5550
Yelp: (4 stars with 70+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Havana Club

  • SO. Much. Fun.
  • Great if you want to dance – be ready to dance your tail off
  • You can come in, take a salsa class earlier on in the night and then afterwards turns into a salsa club
  • They have salsa nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Over 250 attend regularly, if not more!

27. The Beehive

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Address: 541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 423-0069
Yelp: (4 stars with 1,500+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Beehive

  • Strong drinks: good sangria and blood & whiskey
  • Where else can you go to enjoy Jazz like this?

28. Red Lantern

Cheers to the ultra dapper Chris Phat

Cheers to the ultra dapper Chris Phat

Address: 39 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 262-3900
Yelp: (3 stars with 300+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Red Lantern:

  • Great value: good food, big portions and strong drinks
  • Great place to start the night, good location for going out after dinner

29. Sunset Grill & Tap

Cheers to the super cool @imalihearmeroar

Cheers to the super cool @imalihearmeroar

Address: 130 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: (617) 254-1331
Yelp: (4 stars with 1,100+ reviews)
Website

Why we love Sunset Grill:

  • Lively bar boasting hundreds of tap, bottled & import beers
  • Love their nachos

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