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 marys. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, as 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.
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.
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.
You might have trouble finding this little gem in Union Square, but all your patience will pay off once you reach Backbar. Pass through dark alleys, enter an unnamed door to reach this bar where the walls are all graffiti-clad. Specials written on a chalk board in this dimly-lit bar will give you an industrial-esque yet modern feel. The bar menu is expansive and if you are unable to decide, leave it to the bartender to get the perfect drink that your taste buds desired. Head to Backbar to have an experience worth-remembering.
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.