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.
Housed in the Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive restaurant and bar is almost like an opera house in itself with live jazz, cabaret and a lot more action. There are fine satin drapes and exquisite artifacts adorning the eatery. A popular hangout among the night birds; the bar and lounge scene here is also upbeat and lively. The food is a regular mix of the grilled and Mediterranean variety, with lamb ribs ruling the roost. Sausages, pasta and risottos also sit happily together on the menu. The wine sure flows freely on all days and everything about the place has an arty feel to it.
Dating back to 1780, the Warren Tavern located near the Freedom Trail, has plenty history of its own. It was opened by Captain Eliphelet Newell, who it is said, took part in the Boston Tea Party. Famous visitors included Paul Revere and George Washington. Today, it has lace-curtain windows and low, wood-beamed ceilings that create an intimate feel. Try the Tavern Special - chicken breast and shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, prosciutto ham and provolone cheese in a garlic white wine sauce.
For almost a decade, this Cambridge club has been one of the better jazz venues in town. Ride the glass elevator of Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel up to a room with 180-person capacity. The low stage, small tables and glass windows overlooking the Charles River create an intimate setting. The "Supper Club" ticket combines dinner and the show. Group rates and catering are available for jazz functions. The club has a full service bar. Check website for more.
This French wine bar and bistro is a Theater District hot spot, popular with young professionals with a taste for fine vintages. A black-and-white checkered floor, full bar and numerous wine racks give this establishment a Parisian feel. Begin your meal with a drink from the lengthy wine list. You can buy by the bottle, the glass or even have a sample. Then try the charcuterie, Duck Confit or Foie Gras. Save room for truffles and the cheese plate. Nightly jazz and a Tuesday night wine-tasting series add to the ambiance.
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
This 2.5-hour mystery dinner has been entertaining visitors for over a decade. A murder mystery is presented in four acts, between which you enjoy four courses served by the actors. Digest the clues while you dine on your choice of entrees, and you can compete with other guests for the "Super Sleuth" prize offered at the end of the show. Call to reserve seats for a private party or for parties of ten or more.
Union Oyster House near Faneuil Hall was established in 1826 and is the oldest continually operating restaurant in the United States. Usually crowded, the restaurant is frequented by locals and tourists. The late President John F. Kennedy's favorite booth is identified by a plaque, and Daniel Webster was a fan of the oysters. While the menu includes chicken, steak and pork, seafood is its forte. The raw bar serves a variety of shellfish. Try the lobster, which is served boiled or broiled. The restaurant has a full service bar.
The Point is a bi-level sports bar and restaurant in the North End. Their warm and inviting ambiance complete with soft lights and, brick and wood walls is pleasing to the eye. Catch a game on their television or listen to live music. Dig into their freshly prepared any time of the day or late night. Take a sip of a cold beer and unwind with your friends at this affable spot.
Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale is one of the neighborhood favorite bars and lounges situated in an old historic building that survived the fire in 1872. The decor of the place is rustic with some garments on display, depicting the former corset store located here. This traditional American gastropub has over 75 beer selections, along with other spirits and mixes on offer. Chef Mark Cina has put together a though-out menu which features classics like beef tatare, chicken wings and more. Call ahead to check for more information.