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.
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.
One of the longest standing fixtures in the city's nightlife, The Royale was born in 1918, when Dave Ralph got together with designer Tom Telesco to transform an opera hall into one of the most mesmerizing and infectious party venues there is to know. The luxurious interiors and lighting along with a full bar, world-class DJs, and top-notch sound system make it one of the most sought-after nightclubs in the city. There are also plenty of comfortable lounge areas and a VIP section that provides a little more privacy.
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.
Tourists still flock to Bull & Finch Pub, a.k.a. Cheers Boston, the inspiration for the Cheers television series which ran for 11 years and won a number of awards. Avid fans should be forewarned, however; the exterior is very familiar, but the inside is nothing like the TV version. Drinks and food are served here, but its icon status is the main draw. It is considered by many to be one of the top tourist attractions in Boston!
Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern has the look and feel that will take you into the heart of Ireland, complete with Guinness beer on tap. The kitchen is open till late and serves typical bar fare with light brunch. If you are looking for an Irish meal, try the pies. This mixture of chicken, vegetables and mashed potatoes in a thick chicken gravy is top-notch.
Club Passim has been on the cultural scene of Boston for a long time. It is frequented by the Harvard intellectuals for evening get togethers. Club Passim works to promote local and folk music. No alcohol is served here, you can order vegetarian pizzas from the in-house pizzeria, libations from the juice or just a cuppa. Boston is known for its cultural and arts scene and this is a definitely a good place to soak up the arts.
Sarma serves a blend of Middle Eastern and East Mediterranean cuisines with a focus on mezze platters. These are small dishes that are prepared using a variety of herbs and seasonings and can be shared among a group. The interiors are quirky and use a range of bright colors in the décor. The azure blue walls are decorated with ornamental plates and the striped upholstery exhibits varied hues. The menu too is diverse and features dishes like Chickpea Fritter, Lamb Köfte Sliders, Persian Scallops and Salmon Dolmades. The food is complemented by cocktails like the rum-based Parker’s Revenge and a variety of beers and wines. A visit to this restaurant allows guests to sample a fusion of various Middle Eastern cuisines.
Barrel House Z is the perfect venue to hang out with your buddies on a weekend while enjoying house-made craft beers. Few of the listed beverages on tap are Hazy Lion, Clairmont Mild and Jamaican Shandy. They also have cans and bottles on sale that you can purchase if you loved their brews. The bar has an outdoor seating with chairs and a fire burning is a perfect venue to have a relaxed time.
Highland Kitchen is akin to a comfortable American pub. Being a place serving delicious American fare in generous portions and reasonable to the pocket, this joint is a popular local hang out. The restaurant also has a bar that offers a list of spirits and cocktails that are equally good. Enjoy the jukebox here that continues to entertain all who are out for a casual evening with friends.
Acitrón Cocina Mexicana will give you a warm welcome into their restaurant and will ensure you have a memorable time. But the service is not all that's going to please you. Get ready to try out some really delicious Mexican with a twist. The food in the restaurant is inspired by old authentic recipes that have been altered to suit the local taste, and to be able to incorporate into the food the local ingredients. Try out the Queso Fundido Con Chorizo, the Chiles Rellenos, and the Mole Poblano. Mexican food could light a fire in your mouth, so make sure you know what you are ordering. For desserts the Chocolate Martini is an excellent choice.