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.
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 provide 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!
You guessed right, the Grafton Street Pub & Grill gets its name from the famous shopping district in the Temple Bar Area of Dublin. It's not just the name, the 5000 square foot space, done up in hues of cream, beige and brown also gives the feel of a classic Irish pub. Executive Chef Dan Pogue dishes out some contemporary American fare in this Irish setting. Apart from fresh seafood and interesting appetizers, they also serve burgers, pizzas and the like. So go ahead and enjoy your evening with your loved ones, there is something to suit everyone's tastes.
This small, friendly bar with an Irish flair has live music starting at 9p nightly, featuring blues, country and rock 'n' roll acts. Seating along the walls and at the bar is quickly filled, and a crowd of locals is happy to stand with Guinness and listen to some foot-tapping music. A lunch menu is served that includes glazed pork, seared trout and braised lamb. Soccer matches from Europe are televised every weekend.
If you are in Cambridge and looking for a place where you can hear music that is different from the mainstream pop and rock tunes that are blasted on television, radio, or more conventional concert halls, then do drop by The Lily Pad. Located in Inman Square, this buzzing club-cum-music-venue features artists that await, and truly merit, discovery, be they up-and-coming amateurs, or seasoned veterans. The club also serves cold beer and wine, as well as delectable food items, so that patrons do not go thirsty or hungry. See the website or call to know more.
Dedicated to craft brews, Aeronaut Brewing Co. lies in the quarter of Somerville, MA. The brewery is noted for its distinct creations that speak with strong New England accents. Although they don't have brewery tour, they have a fun, casual tap room that doles out their house brews along with a delectable selection of bar food. Open between Wednesdays and Saturday, Aeronaut Brewing Company also arranges for some interesting live music events and theme nights quite often - check the website for upcoming acts and events!
Partly resembling a 1950s diner and part truck stop, Charlie's Kitchen is frequented by college kids and locals. Televisions and music are on all the time, but it is not too loud, so you can enjoy a hearty conversation with friends. The friendly waitstaff and barflies make this a great place to people watch, write or just escape into the paradise of a well-made double cheeseburger. The kitchen also serves milk shakes, meatloaf dinners, pasta dishes, salads, soups and sandwiches.