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Nightlife in Boston

Boston nightlife centres on bars and lounges rather than clubs, which close at 2am. In the Back Bay are the 52nd-storey Top of the Hub lounge and world-famous Symphony Hall. International tourists flock to the Faneuil Hall location of Cheers, which looks like the bar on the television show. Cambridge is the place for live music. It's home to the Regattabar, a first-class jazz club, and an excellent, diverse selection of other nightspots.

Bars

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  1. 1. 29 Newbury - Bars

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    The most fashionable bar on Boston's most fashionable street, 29 Newbury is a long-standing Back Bay favourite. The huge front window allows patrons at the sleek bar to people-watch and gives passers-by a view of the stylish crowd.Show this on map

    Address

    29, Newbury Street, Boston 02116

    Telephone

    +1 617 536 0290

    Transport

    Green Line to Arlington subway

    Website

    29 Newbury

  2. 2. John Harvard's Brew House - Bars

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    This subterranean Harvard Square hangout, the flagship of the regional chain, pumps out terrific English-style brews in a clublike setting and prides itself on its food. The brewed-on-the-premises beer selection changes regularly. Order a sampler if you can't decide, and while you wait, try to find the sports figures in the stained-glass windows. 

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    Address

    33 Dunster St, Cambridge, USA

    Telephone

    617/868-3585

  3. 3. Top of the Hub - Bars

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    Top of the Hub, Boston. Courtesy of Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge

    Top of the Hub is an ideal place for a date or special occasion. This glamorous lounge perches atop the Prudential Tower, 52 storeys above the heart of the Back Bay. The jazz is live and the views are spectacular.Show this on map

    Address

    Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, Boston 02199

    Telephone

    +1 617 536 1775

    Transport

    Green Line E branch to Prudential subway

    Website

    Top of the Hub

  4. 4. Cheers - Bars

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    Cheers, Boston. Courtesy of Cheers

    A replica of the set of the popular television show, complete with memorabilia, Cheers is one of Faneuil Hall's most popular destinations. Crowds of happy tourists come from around the world to snap a photo and enjoy a pint.Show this on map

    Address

    Quincy Market Southwest Café, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston 02109

    Telephone

    +1 617 227 0150

    Transport

    Green Line or Blue Line to Government Center subway

    Website

    Cheers

  5. 5. Mr Dooley's Boston Tavern - Bars

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    Located near Faneuil Hall Marketplace but not swamped with tourists, this is a great place to enjoy a Guinness or two. Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern draws friendly lunch and after-work crowds. It schedules regular live Irish or rock music.Show this on map

    Address

    77, Broad Street, Boston 02109

    Telephone

    +1 617 338 5656

    Transport

    Blue Line to Aquarium subway

    Website

    Mr Dolley

  6. 6. DeLux Café - Bars

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    The DeLux Café is in the chic South End, but it's not an upmarket nightspot. Its patrons come for the cheap beer, strong mixed drinks and eccentric decor, including a shrine to Elvis Presley. Credit cards are not accepted.Show this on map

    Address

    100, Chandler Street, Boston 02116

    Telephone

    +1 617 338 5258

    Transport

    Orange Line to Back Bay subway

  7. 7. Casablanca - Bars

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    The bar at Casablanca attracts sophisticated patrons from Harvard University - instructors, graduate students and alumni, not noisy undergraduates. Named after the Humphrey Bogart movie, this subterranean Cambridge favourite boasts a great jukebox, an excellent wine list and creative martinis.Show this on map

    Address

    40, Brattle Street, Cambridge 02138

    Telephone

    +1 617 876 0999

    Transport

    Red Line to Harvard subway

    Website

    Casablanca

Clubs

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  1. 8. Lizard Lounge - Clubs

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    Located in a basement room, the Lizard Lounge draws appreciative crowds to Cambridge for rock, blues and more. With its dim red lighting, the club is small enough to feel intimate and large enough to get noisy and entertaining.Show this on map

    Address

    Cambridge Common Restaurant, 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02138

    Telephone

    +1 617 547 0759

    Transport

    Red Line to Harvard subway

    Website

    Lizard Lounge

  2. 9. Great Scott - Clubs

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    Worth the trek to the student mecca of Allston, Great Scott is a friendly neighbourhood bar that happens to be an excellent live-music venue. It books mostly rock bands, usually local, plus DJs. On a busy night you might see four different acts. Open daily from noon to 2am; live shows usually start at 9pm. The bar accepts cash only.

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    Address

    1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, USA

    Telephone

    617/566-9014

    Website

    Great Scott

  3. 10. The Middle East - Clubs

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    The Middle East, Boston. © David Zaig Design 1996, Jeff Dunn Photography

    Central Square in Cambridge is a great neighbourhood for live music, especially rock at The Middle East. With four performance spaces, it's everything a rock club should be: crowded, loud and a favourite for local, national and international artists.Show this on map

    Address

    472-480, Massachussetts Avenue, Cambridge 02139

    Telephone

    +1 617 864 3278

    Transport

    Red Line to Central Square subway

    Website

    The Middle East

  4. 11. Regattabar - Clubs

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    Regattabar, Boston. Courtesy of The Charles Hotel

    A leading venue on the area's lively jazz scene, the Regattabar is an upmarket club off Harvard Square in Cambridge. The large, elegant room attracts knowledgeable, enthusiastic audiences for a wide range of musical styles and an excellent sound system.Show this on map

    Address

    The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge 02138

    Telephone

    +1 617 661 5000

    Transport

    Red Line to Harvard subway

    Website

    Regattabar

  5. 12. Club Passim - Clubs

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    Club Passim, Boston. Photo by Melissa Bugg. Courtesy of Club Passim

    Club Passim is an international folk music legend. Established and aspiring musicians draw fans of all ages to this subterranean room in the heart of Cambridge's Harvard Square. To guarantee admission, make a dinner reservation. No alcohol is served.Show this on map

    Address

    47, Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge 02138

    Telephone

    +1 617 492 7679

    Transport

    Red Line to Harvard subway

    Website

    Club Passim

  6. 13. Cafe 939 - Clubs

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    A certain present-at-the-creation vibe prevails here. Berklee College of Music students run and often perform at the all-ages coffeehouse (in other words, no alcohol) which holds 200 for live music most Wednesday to Saturday nights. The club, also known as the Red Room, books professionals as well as students; popular acts often sell out. 

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    Address

    939 Boylston St, Boston, USA

    Telephone

    617/747-2261

    Website

    Cafe 939

Entertainment

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  1. 14. Symphony Hall - Entertainment

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    One of the most famous stages in classical music, this Back Bay treasure is home to the world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra and the beloved Boston Pops. When the regular occupants are elsewhere, the Symphony Hall books major artists and ensembles.Show this on map

    Address

    301, Massachusetts Avenue, Boston 02115

    Telephone

    +1 617 266 1492 (box office)

    Transport

    Green Line E branch to Symphony

    Website

    Symphony Hall

  2. 15. Boston Center for the Arts - Entertainment

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    With multiple performance and exhibition spaces, the Boston Center for the Arts is a destination for anyone who appreciates contemporary art. In the heart of the South End, it attracts artists, performers and audiences interested in all mediums and genres.Show this on map

    Address

    539, Tremont Street, Boston 02116

    Telephone

    +1 617 426 5000

    Transport

    Orange Line to Back Bay subway

    Website

    Boston Center for the Arts

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