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.
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.
Thanks to its inviting decor, solidly mixed drinks and attentive staff, City Bar, though located on the premises of the Lenox Hotel, has built itself a reputation above and beyond that of the average lobby watering hole. The drink list alone does a lot of the work. With lengthy lists of signature martinis, champagne drinks, 'diabolical infusions' and other specialty cocktails, as well as impressive collections of scotch, bourbon, tequila and rum, no serious drinker will be without a variety of delicacies to choose from. Nosh on the tasty bar bites from their food menu.
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.
Dali Restaurant and Tapas Bar features a wide selection of tapas both cold and hot including poached octopus, grilled pheasant, paella, bacon wrapped prunes, tuna-stuffed squid and much more. There are also some simplified, yet delicious dishes especially for the unadventurous types such as the short ribs or lamb meatballs. The ornate decor replete with warm colors is adorned with vintage Spanish artworks, old photos, charming trinkets and soft lighting gives it a romantic ambience. The vivacious Barcelona environment of Dali and the delicious tapas platter along with the Sangria makes it a must visit eatery.
The first impression you get as you walk in through the doors of The People's Republik is that it may be a political or military den of sorts, thanks to its name and decor. On the contrary, this bar will surprise you with casual ambiance that has made it popular among tourists and natives of Cambridge. Beers offered here are a favorite of the regulars, but you can also take your pick from cocktails, scotch, tequilas, bourbon and whiskeys. Accompany your drink with a quesadilla, fish and chips, sandwiches or a steak.
Located inside of the Charles Hotel, this is one of the best jazz clubs in Boston. Playing host to international, national and local musicians, you can expect good jazz whenever you go. Past performers include Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner and Ruth Brown. A long bar, serving great martinis, stretches along the back wall. Between the bar area and the dance floor there are plenty of tables for lounging and relaxing while enjoying the music.
Offering over 30 different kinds of beer on tap and rotating them often, Cambridge Common sure knows a thing or two about quality beer. This friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant is located in Cambridge and draws in the crowds throughout the week. Their cuisine is more than just your typical pub fair, with delicious items like mac n' cheese bites, grilled meatloaf, deviled eggs, tofu curry and more! Brunch is also quite notable, pumpkin waffles being the local favorite.
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.
Cambridge Brewing Company is one of the older microbreweries in the city and is popular with students and the after-work crowd. Located in an old warehouse with high ceilings and exposed brick, there are four fresh, year-round brews as well as seasonal beers available here. Choose from an ever-changing selection of porters, ales and the occasional hefeweizen. The menu is tempting as well, with entrees that include burgers, jambalaya, blackened catfish and brick-oven pizza. Catering and a function space for up to 100 are available.