Sitting at the zinc bar and swirling a glass of deep red Burgundy while you gaze out at pretty Boston Common, you’d almost think you were in a Parisian arrondissement rather than Boston. There’s an excellent selection of French, Italian and American wines by the glass after which you can migrate to elegantly appointed French restaurant upstairs.
Thanks to a large Irish community and a constant influx of American and international students, Boston has a lively nightlife scene. Beer is the city’s preferred tipple although you’ll find venues accommodating every palate. Bars generally close at 0200, and 21 is the minimum drinking age. Smoking is not allowed in any Boston or Cambridge establishment.
The Thursday editions of the BostonGlobe (http://www.bostonglobe.com) and the Friday edition of the BostonHerald (www.bostonherald.com) as well as the online guide Citysearch (http://boston.citysearch.com) have full listings of nightlife and cultural events. Bay Windows (http://www.baywindows.com) serves the gay and lesbian community.