Boston offers a wide variety of nightlife opportunities, from classic historic taverns and stylish renovated restaurants to hip nightlife venues in elite neighborhoods such as the affluent Back Bay, known for its Victorian rowhouses and fashionable shopping districts. Trendy nightclubs also abound in the city’s Theater District, which is home to venues such as the historic Wilbur Theatre and the Boston Opera House.
© W Lounge
W Lounge is located inside the upscale W Hotel, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The lounge is a popular destination for local residents and tourists alike, showcasing an inviting, modern atmosphere and serving an extensive menu of creative American fare, including eclectic small bites, shareable flatbread, and sandwiches highlighting regional influence. A signature cocktail menu is also offered, along with an extensive list of wines, liquors, and craft beers. Guests may relax near a fireplace lounge and enjoy globally-influenced sets from resident DJs Grande Groove, Love de Luxe, and Dossier on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
100 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-310-6790
© Icon Nightclub
Icon Nightclub is one of Boston’s trendiest venues, designed by famed interior designer John Stefanon and managed by JFS Design Studio, also known for overseeing hip clubs such as the Cure Lounge, Venu Boston, and Puro Ceviche Bar. As the studio’s flagship property, the 7,000-square-foot club blends the best features of exclusive lounges and lively nightclubs in its design, serving a nightly capacity of 380 patrons. Two VIP lounges are offered, including a full private lounge for private nights out, and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system keeps dance floor patrons on their feet all night long to sets by top regional guest DJs. Catering is available for private special events, along with professional bartending and security services.
100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-422-0045
© Bleacher Bar
Bleacher Bar is the premiere bar of Fenway Park and has been ranked as one of the world’s most exceptional stadium sports bars, offering a giant garage window that looks directly out onto the stadium’s centerfield. The bar opened to the public in 2008 in a facility that had previously been used as a batting cage for the stadium’s visiting teams. Today, it serves award-winning hot and cold sandwiches along with a variety of classic American fare, including house-made soups, bar appetizers, and customizable sliders. Beer options include draft, bottle, and can favorites from some of the nation’s top craft breweries, along with familiar standby light lager varieties.
82A Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215, Phone: 617-262-2424
© Bukowski Tavern
Bukowski Tavern has been a casual Boston favorite since 1998, serving a variety of American-style cuisine alongside the best craft beers from local, national, and global breweries. The 21-and-up restaurant serves unique pub fare such as peanut butter burgers, poutine-style tater tots, and Bukowski Mad Dogs served on New England-style toasted buns. An extensive draft beer selection is tapped regularly, along with a wide variety of bottled favorites in all popular beer styles, including gluten-free options. The restaurant’s official Mug Club allows return visitors to receive complimentary beers for completing punch cards. A second location of the restaurant is also open in nearby Cambridge.
50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115, Phone: 617-437-9999
© Candibar Boston
Candibar Boston is the city’s first eco-friendly nightclub, creating a unique modern nightlife experience envisioned by leading European designer Marianna Holoway. The avant-garde bar showcases two rooms for live music performances and DJ sets, highlighting both up-and-coming local talent and nationally-renowned artists. The entire space is illuminated with more than 1.2 million colorful lights that change in rhythm to music performances for an out-of-this-world sensory experience for clubgoers. The venue is perfect for visitors looking for after-dinner cocktails and lively nights out alike, with VIP tables available for upgraded luxury. It is available for private event booking, including corporate events.
275 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-350-8772
6.City Bar Back Bay
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City Bar Back Bay is a chic and elegant casual cocktail bar located within Boston’s Lenox Hotel that has been named as one of the nation’s 10 best hotel bars by Playboy’s A-list. The bar serves a diverse menu of eclectic land and sea fare cultivated by executive chef Sean McAlpine, including handcrafted pizzas, housemade pastas, and fresh mussels and oysters. A late-night menu offers bar bites available later than many other area restaurants, and an extensive cocktail list highlights unique craft martinis. The bar is available for rental for private special events, accommodating groups of up to 65 guests, with event planning services available from the Briar Group. A Seaport location is also offered within the city’s Westin Boston Waterfront hotel.
65 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-933-4800
© Club Cafe
Club Café has been one of Boston’s top nightlife spots for more than three decades, located within the city’s Pledge of Allegiance building. The LGBT-friendly cabaret and dance club offers a top-rated restaurant serving creative New American cuisine, including a famous value Sunday buffet. Its historic Napoleon Room also presents the region’s top cabaret performers, comedians, and live musicians weekly in a casual, intimate venue. VIP membership to the club is available for free event admission, including admission to the club’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, and offers dining discounts and exclusive members-only cocktail receptions. Private event and dining space may also be rented, including space for corporate events and wedding receptions.
209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-536-0966
© Cure Lounge
Cure Lounge is the exclusive basement-level lounge of Boston’s historic Wilbur Theatre, which was originally opened in 1914 and hosts nationally-touring music and comedy performances. Its John Stefanon-designed interior is intended to evoke a Victorian chic vibe, drawing on the building’s history and character and featuring bold, sophisticated decor. The club’s Back Lounge area utilizes the theater’s former orchestra pit area, using dim lighting and mood elements to create the atmosphere of a hazy exotic lounge on a warm summer night. Top-shelf champagne and spirits bottle service are available, along with ample space for private special event rentals.
246 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116, Phone: 617-695-2250
© Down Nightclub
Down Nightclub is located within Boston’s financial district, connected to the upper-level Howl at the Moon piano bar, which also opened in the summer of 2010. The versatile, intimate club forgoes elaborate theming to focus on bringing guests the best possible classic nightlife experience, featuring a 2,000-square-foot open floor plan with a hip dance floor, full-service bar, and VIP lounge area. Renowned resident DJs such as Charlie Rouhana and Joe Bermudez spin top 40, house, and hip-hop hits, bringing years of international touring experience to create a lively, elite atmosphere. Bottle service is offered, along with private rentals for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and corporate events.
184 High St, Boston, MA 02110, Phone: 617-292-4650
Drink is an upscale industrial cocktail bar in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood that is dedicated to the creation of classic, elegant Prohibition-era cocktails with a modern artisanal twist. The bar is part of the prestigious Barbara Lynch Collective, which also oversees top Boston restaurants such as Stir, No. 9 Park, and B&G Oysters. It is housed within a redesigned wool warehouse building and features six bar areas for patrons to socialize, enjoy drinks, and watch while bar staff chip fresh ice for drinks from a 50-pound block displayed within the bar’s interior. A collection of fine wines and craft beers are also available, along with light bar fare such as artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and asparagus crostini. On the second Sunday of the month, the bar transforms into a tropical-style tiki, serving island-inspired cocktails.
348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, Phone: 617-695-1806
© Garage Boston
Garage Boston is located less than 10 minutes from downtown Boston in the city’s hip student neighborhood Allston. The top-rated luxury club is housed within a renovated garage and is a popular nightlife spot for younger crowds, offering a dance floor and DJs, a full-service bar, and excellent VIP service. Popular events at the club include Latin Fridays, the top Latin night event in the Allston-Brighton region, which brings in top East Coast DJs to spin a mix of top 40, salsa, reggaeton, and merengue hits. On Saturdays, the trendy Club eNYy party focuses on electronic, house, trap, and K-pop hits, using the club’s state-of-the-art multimedia system to broadcast visuals on large LED screens throughout its VIP sections.
20 Linden St, Allston, MA 02134, Phone: 617-631-0351
© Good Life
Good Life is a multi-level bar, restaurant, and nightclub in Boston’s Financial District that serves after-work crowds and weekend partygoers alike. Its low-key upstairs restaurant and bar area serves a full menu of American favorites at lunch and dinner, including shareable appetizers, unique tacos and pizzas, and a selection of gluten-free options. Downstairs, its basement-level dance floor is home to lively, intimate parties and events, including sets by guest DJs and theme nights. Weekly trivia events are also hosted by the Geeks Who Drink and the Trivia Factory. The club is open weekdays for lunch service, with late night hours Thursdays through Saturdays.
28 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111, Phone: 617-451-2622
Guilt occupies the 5,000-square-foot space Warrenton Street facility in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood that formerly housed nightlife favorite JukeBox, one of the city’s longest-operating clubs. Today, it has been transformed into a sultry nightclub spot with Old Hollywood-style decor, themed around the decadence of hedonistic choices and one’s regret for them in the morning light. Several full-service bars and VIP sections are showcased throughout the club, along with a state-of-the-art sound system for sets from top DJs. Special events include invitation-only nights and quirky themed dance parties such as ‘80s proms and comedy nights. The upscale-casual club serves a capacity of 400 nightly partiers, which often quickly hits capacity on weekends.
79 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 857-284-7265
14.Rooftop at Revere
© Rooftop a Revere
Rooftop@Revere boasts one of the city’s most coveted rooftop locations, perched atop the luxurious Revere Hotel Boston Common and overlooking the Back Bay. The bar serves craft cocktails and seasonal small plates and is available at no extra charge to hotel guests, though a maximum of four guests per room may use the bar at any given time. For non-patrons, rooftop day passes may be purchased, offering access to the bar area and the hotel’s nearby rooftop pool, which offers a seasonal pool bar in year-round temperature-controlled conditions. Cabanas and couches may be rented at the bar and pool on a first-come, first-served basis.
Revere Hotel Boston Common, Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 855-673-8373
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Royale is Boston’s largest nightlife venue, housed within a former 1918 opera house within the city’s Theater District. The spacious 33,000-square-foot club boasts multiple levels of entertainment, accommodating concerts, bars, and a dance floor. It showcases one of New England’s largest indoor LED walls, broadcasting audiovisuals on a 16-by-9-foot screen, which is complemented by a full concert-grade D&B Q10 line array audio system. In addition to a full schedule of concerts from top national rock, hip-hop, and independent music artists, the club frequently hosts themed dancing nights and guest sets from top regional DJs. It may be rented for private special events for up to 2,000 patrons, including charity events, cocktail receptions, and commercial shoots.
279 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-338-7699
© Sissy K's
Sissy K's has been a Boston landmark for more than 25 years and is one of the downtown district’s busiest pubs, located within the historic Faneuil Hall marketplace. The bar is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, opening for lunch daily and serving food late into the night. Menu options include make-your-own quesadillas, craft burgers, and seafood and steak favorites. Brunch specials are offered on Sunday, and happy hour specials are available weekly. At night, the bar’s lively dance club offers exclusive DJ sets and a biannual karaoke contest that gives away up to $25,000 in prizes. The bar’s nightclub venue is also available for private special event rentals, accommodating groups of up to 200.
4 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109, Phone: 617-248-6511
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Storyville is a speakeasy-style nightclub located within the Copley Square Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and pays homage to the city’s historic bar of the same name, which operated out of the hotel between 1953 and 1959. The bar, which was opened in 2011, evokes the sultry atmosphere of New Orleans’ Red Light District and serves a full late-night menu of New American small plates and flatbreads. Creative cocktails, bottle champagne service, and a variety of craft beers are also available, including table service offered at the bar’s lounge, which features a full dance floor and presents DJ sets.
Address: 90 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-236-1134
18.The Bell In Hand Tavern
© The Bell In Hand Tavern
The Bell In Hand Tavern is one of Boston’s most historic bars, originally opened in 1795 by town crier Jimmy Wilson. During its historic operation, the bar was noted for its refusal to sell harder liquors, opting instead for its signature thick, classic ales. Today, the tavern continues to offer a full menu of draft beer and casual pub fare, including New England favorites such as lobster rolls, P.E.I. mussels, and clam chowder. Live music and DJ performances are offered on the weekends, which draw an eclectic crowd. The venue may also be rented for private special events, showcasing 6,000 square feet of event space over two floors.
45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108, Phone: 617-227-2098
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© The Brahmin
The Brahmin was opened in August of 2011 with in an early 20th-century brownstone, with its name paying reference to the city’s traditional elite in its Beacon Hill neighborhood. The Back Bay bar and restaurant showcases period-appropriate decor and offers a full dining room and two lounges that may be rented for small groups and private special events. A full dinner menu forgos traditional main courses in favor of shareable plates that are brought to the table continuously throughout meal service, and a handcrafted cocktail list highlights craft liquors and fresh fruit ingredients. On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar’s dining room space transforms into a lively nightclub, attracting the city’s most stylish and elite partygoers.
33 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-723-3131
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20.The Greatest Bar
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The Greatest Bar was named as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Slammed magazine and has been the recipient of a number of citywide Best Of awards throughout its tenure in Boston’s West End neighborhood. The four-story bar offers sports bar, nightclub, and lounge spaces decorated in a variety of historic and athletic themes, with high-definition televisions broadcasting major sporting events for patrons. An extensive pub food menu highlights stone-cooked pizzas, shareable appetizers, and craft burgers, while a full bar menu highlights draft beer favorites, including regional microbrews. Bottle service is offered at the bar’s VIP lounges, and DJ sets create a lively nightlife atmosphere.
262 Friend St, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-367-0544
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© Venu Nightclub
Venu Nightclub is one of the properties under the umbrella of John Stefanon’s JFS Design Studio, which also manages top Boston venues such as Icon Nightclub and Cure Lounge. The 6,500-square-foot venue was opened in 1999 and has become one of the city’s hippest cosmopolitan nightlife experiences, offering unparalleled customer service to create memorable experiences for all of its patrons. The venue emphasizes sleek, modern elements in its aesthetic to create a colorful, contemporary design, with a lower-tier dance floor surrounded by stylish VIP lounges. A state-of-the-art sound system and custom lighting system are designed to create a multi-sensory dance floor experience, complementing guest sets from top regional DJs.
100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-338-8061
22.Wally's Cafe Jazz Club
© Wally's Cafe Jazz Club
Wally's Cafe Jazz Club is one of Boston’s oldest family-owned jazz nightclubs, originally opened in 1947 by Joseph L. Walcott. The club is located at the city’s famous Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues intersection, the former home of many famed jazz clubs in the mid-2oth century, and has long been considered an important training ground for up-and-coming jazz musicians. Live music is showcased 365 days a year, including performances by jazz students from the area’s numerous music education institutions. Jazz music instruction for young musicians is also offered as part of the club’s ongoing Student to Student Music Project.
427 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-424-1408
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Alibi is a hip Beacon Hill cocktail and gastropub spot located in the former dunk tank of the Charles Street Jail. The restaurant still showcases the venue’s original brick cell walls and bluestone floors and is themed with images of celebrities and their famed on-screen aliases. Menu options include gourmet pizzas, upscale shareable appetizers, and a variety of contemporary Italian-influenced pasta dishes. An extensive drink menu features sparkling wines, craft beer bottles, and unique cocktails such as the restaurant’s Blood In, Blood Out, which blends Ghost tequila with Thai chili shrubs and pomegranate. A seasonal outdoor patio allows guests to relax in an off-street atmosphere, and valet parking is available through the nearby Liberty Hotel.
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 857-241-1144
© Beehive Restaurant
Beehive Restaurant is a must-see Bohemian-style bar and restaurant housed within the Boston Center for the Arts that has been hailed by international publications such as The New York Times, Zagat, and Travel + Leisure as one of the city’s most unique eateries. The restaurant services Middle Eastern-influenced comfort fare and an extensive selection of unique cocktails, along with one of the city’s most affordable champagne and sparkling wine lists. It also doubles as a nightclub and music venue that has been ranked as one of the world’s top 100 jazz clubs by Downbeat magazine, showcasing nightly performances of jazz and world music. The restaurant may be rented as a private event venue for groups of up to 400 people, including business functions and weddings.
541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-423-0069
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Whisky Saigon was originally opened in 2013 in the Theater District space formerly occupied by nightclub Gypsy Bar and has been named as the city’s best dance club by Improper Bostonian magazine. The 15,000-square-foot strives to set a new standard for Boston nightlife, offering sumptuous decor and an ultra-modern sound and special effects system to elevate its dance floor experience. Several VIP lounges offer bottle service and secluded space for nights out, and a rotating lineup of top regional DJs brings a mix of Top 40 and electronic hits to the dance floor. Patrons should note that the club enforces a strict dress code of stylish attire, with athletic and casual wear prohibited.
116 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-482-7799
25 Best Boston Bars
- W Lounge, Photo: W Lounge
- Icon Nightclub, Photo: Icon Nightclub
- Bleacher Bar, Photo: Bleacher Bar
- Bukowski Tavern, Photo: Bukowski Tavern
- Candibar Boston, Photo: Candibar Boston
- City Bar Back Bay, Photo: City Bar Back Bay
- Club Cafe, Photo: Club Cafe
- Cure Lounge, Photo: Cure Lounge
- Down Nightclub, Photo: Down Nightclub
- Drink, Photo: Drink
- Garage Boston, Photo: Garage Boston
- Good Life, Photo: Good Life
- Guilt, Photo: Guilt
- Rooftop at Revere, Photo: Rooftop a Revere
- Royale, Photo: Courtesy of glazok - Fotolia.com
- Sissy K's, Photo: Sissy K's
- Storyville, Photo: Storyville
- The Bell In Hand Tavern, Photo: The Bell In Hand Tavern
- The Brahmin, Photo: The Brahmin
- The Greatest Bar, Photo: The Greatest Bar
- Venu Nightclub, Photo: Venu Nightclub
- Wally's Cafe Jazz Club, Photo: Wally's Cafe Jazz Club
- Alibi, Photo: Alibi
- Beehive Restaurant, Photo: Beehive Restaurant
- Whisky Saigon, Photo: Courtesy of Syda Productions - Fotolia.com
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