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.
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.
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 want to enjoy BBQ, look no further beyond the Firefly's restaurant. Chef-cum-owner Steve, the winner of Massachusetts State BBQ Championships and other similar awards offers excellent BBQ and Southern food to his guests. Everything is prepared from scratch and only the choicest and fresh ingredients are added to the preparations. The lovely menu features dishes like Buttermilk Tenders, The Yard Bird, Jamaican Bird Chicken; burger varieties are on offer too. While you are savoring the tasty dishes do keep some place for the delectable desserts as they are too good to resist. Firefly's is also home to the music club Dante, that hosts live music concerts on a regular basis.
Arturo's Ristorante has been serving tantalizing Italian cuisine for over 25 years. Feast on their array of chicken, meat and seafood dishes. Gorge on their delicious handcrafted pastas or pizzas that are freshly baked in a wood oven, retaining the pure Italian flavor. The place is beautifully embellished in hues of brown and cream, creating a warm and elegant ambiance to dine in. A gorgeous wood paneled counter accommodates the bar area on one side of the place. On weekdays, this restaurant stops serving lunch by 3p and resumes with its dinner service from 5p, you can enjoy a light fare from their bar menu during this gap.
Nestled in the city center of Westborough, Tavolino offers a tantalizing fare of Italian cuisine. Feast on their menu of soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, paninis and chicken, seafood dishes made in the Italian flair. A speciality of this place are their dishes influenced by Tuscan recipes. Following the farm to table philosophy, Tavolino uses locally sourced fresh ingredients in their preparation. Guests can relish on a delectable Italian lunch fare that is served till 4p on weekdays and 3p on weekends, following which they can order from the dinner menu.
Steeped in rich history and interspersed with many a legend, the Stone's Public House is a historic bar, dating back to 1834. Today, the bar and restaurant combines American and Irish dining experiences with classic recipes, vintage ambiance and soothing live music. Seated next to the warm fireplaces, guests can savor dishes like Irish Sausages, Lamb Shepherd's Pie and the classic Fish and Chips. At the bar, relish a heady cocktail with gripping stories about the pub's history. Ideal for a game night or even a laidback evening, the Stone's Public House is bustling with enthusiastic locals at all times. Head to the iconic spot to join them in their merriment.