If you are looking for quality music in an intimate atmosphere, this Cambridge spot fits the bill. Live music is on tap nightly, as are a variety of microbrews and a full bar. Local bands are a mainstay here, but national stars have stopped by to give performances as well.
This venerable club, founded in 1947, was the first African-American-owned nightclub in New England. Wally's Cafe is a proving ground for young jazz musicians, and audience members (or famous visitors) often step up and jam. Much of the narrow space is filled with the bar, and it is standing-room-only on weekend nights. The crowd is a mix of musicians, locals and bohemians of all ages. Live music is played every night and there is a jazz brunch on Sunday afternoons.
In Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has become a standard favorite for avid diners. Their immaculate decor - the tasteful art adorning the walls, the mosaic tiles at your feet, and their friendly staff make this restaurant a crowd-puller. Offering one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city, the restaurant is equally known for its impressive drink list.
Drink pulls off that intimate feeling, not only with its decor and atmosphere, but also with its attentive and competent bartending staff. The mixologists are good at using fresh ingredients to create delicious and unexpected drinks on the spot. This gem of a bar also serves tasty bar bites. So feast on some pub fares that will deliciously accompany your specialty cocktail.
Located in the heart of Boston's South End, Toro is a lively Barcelona-style tapas bar. Owned by acclaimed chef, Ken Oringer, Toro has become one of Boston's must-visit restaurants. Perfect for sharing, the traditional tapas served here are small portioned dishes that allow patrons to order and try various cuisine. Toro's vast menu features a variety of tapas including empanadas, sliders, charcuterie and more. Not to be outdone by their cuisine, the signature drink menu at Toro offers wine on tap, cocktails, champagne and bottled beer. Their brunch is one of the best in the city, offering pitchers of sangria, mimosas and bloody mary's. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, this popular establishment doesn't accept reservations.
Mainly a venue for rock 'n' roll acts, Paradise Rock Club draws a partying crowd in their late 20s and early 30s. If you do not want to dance, comfortable couches upstairs allow pleasant observation of all the goings-on downstairs. One of the best places in Boston to see live music, the club hosts pop, alternative and better-known local acts almost nightly. Prominent acts who have made appearances include Bare Naked Ladies, Flaming Lips, the Wallflowers, Goo Goo Dolls, and Jack Johnson.
Unwind from your hectic day as you catch up with your friends at Park Street Pub. This pub is known for offering a long list of beverages and popular for its beer collection. In case you feel hungry, this place also serves a delectable small plate menu. Its friendly service, casual ambiance and inexpensive menu make this place one of the favorite hangout spots for locals.
Taste the delicious French flavors as you dine at Brasserie 28. This restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine. The delectable menu is followed by an impressive wine list and cocktail varieties. Their warm decor and friendly service are impressive, giving you a pleasant dining experience.
Enjoy delectable New England fare at this eclectic restaurant located within the Andover Inn. The menu offers an exciting array of steak and seafood specialties crafted using the finest and fresh ingredients. Start off with the varied choice of soups and appetizers featuring such delights as New England Crab Cakes and Tuna Tartare. The entree selection is diverse and has some great choices including favorites like Black Angus Ribeye and Lamb Chops. Traditional favorites like Brad Haddock and a selection of seafood creations is also available. The menu changes seasonally to offer newer delights year round. The restaurant's wine selection of about 100 bottles is a stand out and has received acclaim from Wine Spectator. Apart from wines, the bar offers a superb range of beers and other spirits to suit most tastes. The atmosphere inside is relaxed and comfortable. The elegant dining room sports rich wooden paneling with the rest of the decor built to match it. Contemporary lanterns add a nice touch.
Popular among music enthusiasts, the Malayas Nightclub has been hosting concerts and gigs from the time it has opened doors. The club not only promotes established artists but also attempts to bring upcoming artists/bands to its stage. The Malayas Nightclub also hosts DJ nights where top-of-the-chart hits are played for the jovial crowd who head to the dance-floor to shake a leg. The club is furnished with superb lights and acoustics that enhance every performance that takes place here. Call ahead to know more.
Frequented by a happening crowd of Lawrence, Umbrella is a popular nightspot that boasts of a swanky ambiance. The vibrant decor at the club coupled with its friendly atmosphere compels thousands of patrons to bask in its warm environs. The in-house DJs here are mostly locals who are trying to make it big in the music world. The superb lights and acoustics at the Umbrella amplify the excitement of these lively nights. What's more, the club is a perfect place to tap a foot especially if you love dancing amidst friends. Call ahead to know more.