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.
In Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has become a standard favorite for avid diners. Their immaculate decor - the tasteful art adorning the walls, the mosaic tiles at your feet, and their friendly staff make this restaurant a crowd-puller. Offering one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city, the restaurant is equally known for its impressive drink list.
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.
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.
Alba Bar & Grill is a place for good dining in great atmosphere at rates that do not burn a hole in your pocket! The restaurant is located just ten minutes from downtown Boston. Although it's a small and slightly noisy place, Alba stands out with a bar at one end and tables at the other. Everyone is friendly including the patrons with the waiting staff and vice versa. Dishes which come highly recommended are the rack of lamb, veal osso bucco with flavorful dark sauce, filet mignon, lobster tail with scalloped potatoes and tall green spears of asparagus.
Maggy's Lounge in Quincy is worth visiting with your friends. The place has been designed quite stylishly with wood furnished tables and long sofas which accommodate large groups easily. There is a stage for live performances as well and patrons can even sit on the outdoor patio here. The menu includes a lot of varieties of pizzas which are made fresh and with the best ingredients. The bar here offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails and wines which go perfectly well with your food. A place where you can enjoy pizzas, cocktails while watching a live music performance.
Established in 1988, this restaurant has been delighting the city with some of the best Mexican food around. Authenticity is at the heart of the kitchen, with chef Javier using traditional techniques and original recipes. Start off with the appetizer selection that includes carnitas, nachitos, queso asado and de frijol. The entree selection is diverse and includes delights such as pollo cilantro, puntas de filete, pescado a la naranja, guisado con chile ancho and tacos caseros. The drinks list offers Mexican beer as well as a notable list of tequilas. The warmly-lit space, with Mexican-themed artwork adorning the walls creates a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your meal. Check website for more.