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.
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.
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.
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.
Brendan Behan Pub is small, intimate and dark, and the atmosphere is as Irish as you can get without boarding a plane. Live Irish music 'seisiuns' entertain the loyal patrons, many of whom have a Dublin lilt to their speech as they down their pints of Guinness. A few bowls of chips line the bar, but you cannot buy food here. As you drink, admire the Irish wall decor, make new friends and maybe even dance a jig.
Scholars American Bistro & Cocktail Lounge is not an intellectual hub but a sleek diner and bar in downtown. It features four distinct spaces; The Balcony with its customized chandeliers, lounge chairs and sofas is the largest while The Lounges comprises of three small areas with elegant chairs, martini tables and a fireplace. The Billiards is decked up with black and white photos, and has huge built to order professional pool tables. Lastly The Windows is ideal for parties and business events. Their menu is a creative twist of classics and includes dishes like Jerk Chicken Lollipops, Grilled Chicken Pita, Cornish Hen, Ox Tail Ragu, White Clam Linguini and Panko Chicken Sandwich. Take a sip of Harpoon Seasonal and Seadog Blueberry in draft brews and Wachusetts Blueberry and Amstel Light in cans. Or try their specialty cocktails such as The Dead Poet, 1775 and Painkiller. No matter what your occasion is, you can be assured of a memorable dining experience at Scholars.
Warehouse Bar & Grille is a sleek sports bar and New American restaurant. With its neo-industrial design, fluorescent green chairs at the bar, leather booths and flat screens all around, it exudes a warmth that is welcoming. Dig into their dishes like Reuben Eggrolls, Gator Bites (alligator meat), Clam Roll, Mushroom Wrap, Warehouse Burger and Strawberry Balsamic Chicken. Take a sip of wine or from their tap and you are set to cheer your favorite team with your friends.
Carrie Nation Restaurant & Cocktail Club celebrates the aristocratic charm of Boston during the pre-Prohibition era between the two World Wars. It is replete with velvet chairs, period lamps and candles casting a dim glow, a stately white bar counter with Victorian mirrors and columns, and shelves lined with bottles exhibiting vintage labels. Its beverages are named after the who's who of the city. Its eclectic cocktail selection includes the gin-infused Million Dollar Cop, inspired by the famous brewer Garret Oliver, and the tequila-based King Solomon. One can also try their Rascal King and Liggett’s Literature, influenced by politicians and writers respectively. This restaurant tweaks American classics and offers a menu comprising of dishes like Lobster BLT, and Truffle Mac and Cheese. Its multiple themed bars, including the Speakeasy Room, can be hired for private dining and parties.
Highlighted with red and yellow paint strips, Hong Kong, is a Chinese themed restaurant and bar. The restaurant first opened in 1954, and concocted their first 'Scorpion Bowl and ever since it is one of the famous cocktail bowls in the sphere. The pub is known for its nightlife activities and patrons flock to delight at the bar and enjoy the live music, up-beat dance floor and Karaoke at the bar. The food menu is diversified as it has American and Chinese food choices. The menu is composed to meet all taste sizes and serves specialties like, Chicken Fingers and Beef with Mushrooms. The venue also houses buffet option for meals. It hosts live musical events, where-in patrons are welcomed to enjoy their enticing choices of spirits and cocktails. The upbeat, trendy, and fancy environment at the venue, is praised by the locals.
The Merchant serves up a diverse menu of eats, delicious cocktails and craft beers in a vibrant, lively setting. From small plates and bar snacks to hearty mains, whatever your appetite, you'll find something to please at this brasserie-style bar. With a separate bar and dining room section, it offers a choice for those looking for an after work drink and a bite or a full meal. Popular with the office crowd, suit and tie wearing professionals jostle shoulders with the occasional hipster and decibel levels tend to soar post 9pm. For reservations, visit the website.