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.
Tre Monté Restaurant & Bar offers a great food menu and flawless service. Menu highlights include Caesar Salad, Mushroom Ravioli, Bruschetta and Grand Marnier Shrimp.
Featuring over 30 giant flat screen televisions throughout, it's no wonder this sports bar has been voted as the top sports bar three years in a row. Scoreboard Sports Bar and Grill is the spot to be for catching the latest game. Their impressive menu boasts everything from light appetizers, to steak, pizza, sandwiches, pasta, seafood and even some health conscious items. Not to be left out, a kids menu is also available. Live music and events are a regular occurrence here, with the best nights being Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check out their website for more details.
The Baldwin Bar is creative cocktail bar is decorated with leather sofas, a cozy couch area, a beautiful barrel ceiling, lots of candles and pineapple scones. The atmosphere is classy and laid back with music of the 80's and 90's being played in the background. The bar is dimply lit and has some cool fixtures around. The ingenious drinks menu is unique and well balanced. They have an amazing rotating cocktail menu that can be paired with some good food from the Sichuan Garden. This bar is ideal for groups and also for those looking to have some private events.