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.
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.
Established in 1898, The Worthen House Cafe is the oldest tavern in Lowell. Located on Worthen Street, the cafe serves traditional American fare. It offers a rustic old decor and typical pub food. The cafe houses a Keno and is a good place to catch up with old buddies.
Downtown Lowell is home to an authentic Irish pub and restaurant called The Old Court known for its Guinness and delicious Irish pub-grubs. Opened is 2001, the bar has now become a hub where locals enjoy casual conversations over great drinks and scrumptious food. The award winning fish & chips is a must try for all. The bar boasts an extensive collection of domestic as well as imported beers along with wines and other spirits. The restaurant serves contemporary American fare with a daily specials menu offering exciting varieties for those bored easily. A perfect place to enjoy sporting events, The Old Court is a great place for making new friends or getting to know old ones.
The majestic historical building that houses Cobblestones, dates back to the 19th Century and gives it an air of charm. The restaurant has adopted most of the building's stellar architectural features and built a relaxing avenue to dine and relax around it. Easily counting among the city's favorites restaurants, Cobblestones thrills with a superb menu of American fare featuring a delightful selection of classics as well as some great innovative takes by the talented chef Rob Jean. The menu is extensive, to say the least with a diverse choice of steaks, chops and seafood making up the main courses. A choice of burgers and sandwiches cater to lighter appetites, while the salads and sides prove to be good accompaniments. The interiors make great use of the building's original features that give very classical feel to the place. A selection of beautiful rooms within the restaurant prove to be excellent avenues for hosting group dinners and private functions. Check website for more.
Mill City Ballroom is one of the most popular bars & clubs in Downtown Lowell, having hosted DJs such as Snoop Dogg. Boasting a large dance floor with colorful lights and a disco ball, it also has an exclusive area next to the dance floor with a large bar at one corner. Large Greek columns create a space that's cocooned under a circular dome, giving the club a chic vibe. When the night owls aren't partying here to live music or DJ beats, the venue is used to host charity events and private parties.