Boston Nightlife

Boston is a lively place. However 0200 is the official closing time for bars, 21 years is the minimum drinking age and smoking is not being allowed in any Boston or Cambridge establishment.

The Thursday editions of the Boston Globe ( and the Boston Phoenix (, and the Friday edition of the Boston Herald ( as well as the online guide Citysearch ( have full listings of nightlife and cultural events.

Ticketmaster (tel: (617) 931 2000; sells tickets for all cultural events. BosTix (tel: (617) 262 8632;, whose kiosks are located at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Chatham Street and Copley Square, sells 'same day' half-price tickets for cash, as well as the usual ticket sales.


Royale, in the Theater District, is done out as a huge ballroom but has all kinds of theme nights plus dance and music from salsa to chart and even has magic shows.

279 Tremont Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 338 7699.

Bars in Boston

Boston Beer Works

One of the joys of the USA now is the range of micro-brew (self-brew) pubs. Boston has several but one of the best is Boston Beer Works, where all the working 'gubbings' of the brewery are on show.

112 Canal Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 896/BEER
Cantab Lounge

For an eclectic artistic experience, ranging from poetry nights to bluegrass music, in a student atmosphere, travel over the river to the Cantab Lounge.

738 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 354 2685.

The ultimate TV-theme experience, if queues are not off-putting, is Cheers (formerly the Bull and Finch Pub), which was shipped over from England and became the inspiration for the TV series of the same name, although it doesn't look much like the TV bar inside. A replica of the TV Cheers bar opened at Faneuil Hall in 2001.

84 Beacon Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 227 9605.
The Black Rose

If you can't resist the Irish legacy of Boston, there is a huge choice, often with live music. Try The Black Rose: voted one of America's top 10 Irish establishments, it's located in the historic Faneuil Hall-Quincy market area of Boston and is known for its friendly atmosphere, good hearty food and live Irish entertainment seven days a week.

160 State Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 742 2286.

Clubs in Boston


Jillians has 18+ nights and three floors of entertainment great for a bit of fun.

145 Ipswich Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 437 0300.
The Middle East

The Middle East is an intense nightclub and restaurant with four main areas: an upstairs venue for small concert setting, a huge downstairs with DJ and dance floor, and the Zuzu bar with the Corner, both of which are restaurant areas.

474 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 864 3278.

Live Music in Boston

Hatch Memorial Shell

Perhaps the most widely known event is the 4 July Concert with the 'Boston Pops'. The venue for the occasion is the Hatch Memorial Shell, at Esplanade off Storrow Drive, which often stages free concerts throughout the summer.

1 David G Mugar Way, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 727 9547.
House of Blues

Experience state-of-the-art lighting, sound and tasty Cajun-style cuisine at the new House of Blues, a great venue for live jazz music.

15 Lansdowne Street, Fenway, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 960 8358.
Les Zygomates

Some of Boston's best jazz, blues, Latin and funk are featured at Les Zygomates, one of the city's hidden treasures.

129 South Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 542 5108.
Scullers Jazz Club

Check out Scullers Jazz Club for an intimate setting with world-class jazz performers.

400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 562 4111.

Classical Music in Boston

Symphony Hall

The Boston Symphony Orchestra plays at Symphony Hall, one of the world's best concert halls featuring original seating and impeccable acoustics built in 1900. The Symphony Hall is also the base for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 266 1492.

Theatre in Boston

Boston Center for the Arts

The Theatre District is on the south side of Boston Common, along Tremont, Boylston, Stuart and Washington Streets. The Boston Center for the Arts is a complex with three small theatres.

539 Tremont Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 426 5000.

Music and Dance in Boston

Citi Performing Arts Center

The Shubert Theatre in the Citi Performing Arts Center hosts theatre, dance and music performances throughout the year. Performers include the city's top classical dance company, the Boston Ballet (from September to May), as well as the Boston Lyric Opera.

270 Tremont Street, Boston, United States
Telephone: 866 348 9738.