Boston is Home to Lots of Live Music for your Listening Pleasure

Jessica Polizzotti

By , Local Expert, Boston
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If your ideal night out includes listening to live music at a cool spot, Boston has a place for you.  Jam packed with live music venues that will be sure to put you in the mood to move your hips, you'll find a variety of musical styles, one of which is sure to please your personal taste.

With so many options in Boston, it can be hard to discern just where to go to get the vibe, style and setting that you desire. Options are endless, so 10best has taken out the guesswork by finding 10 spots that vary in style just as much as they do in music, ensuring there will be one that will strike your fancy.

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  • 1

    Great Scott

    See future stars perform live at Great Scott in an intimate setting with reasonable prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great Scott's is the unofficial feeder for larger area clubs; you'll be able to get an up front seat for your favorite bands before they move on to larger venues."

  • 2

    Paradise Rock Club

    The Paradise Rock Club hosts rock legends and new found talent ranging in musical style.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive early to the Paradise Rock Club to score a spot close to the stage. "

  • 3

    The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub

    The Middle East is an entire complex of fun that offers four locations, and a melting pot of live music all within one spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan for dinner here and you can make a whole night of your Middle East experience."

  • 4

    Scullers Jazz Club

    Sculler's Charles River perch is the spot to see live Jazz in Boston; you'll get great names and great seats.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order tickets in advance, shows sell out."

  • 5

    Wally's Cafe

    Wally's hole in the wall vibe makes it a perfect place for music stars to do a quick set or enjoy the music unseen.

    Local Expert Tip: "From time to time you could bump into big-name performers who have played larger venues earlier in the night at Wally's."

  • 6

    Club Passim

    Club Passim has 125 seats and is a nonprofit live music venue that aims to inspire musicians and has hosted many who've become quite famous.

    Local Expert Tip: "Club Passim does not stand out, be sure to look down to find the entry into this music den."

  • 7


    Ryles hosts both well-known Jazz greats as well as rising stars worth seeing live.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tickets are available on-line, in advance and it is recommended that you purchase before arrival as many shows sell out."

  • 8

    The Beehive

    A restaurant that hosts live music, the Beehive maintains a bar vibe while putting out good tunes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are highly recommended as lines to get in can be long and the bouncers don't care who you think you are; they simply make you wait- outside- no matter what the weather."

  • 9

    Beat Hotel

    Beat Hotel's intimate atmosphere and nightly live music make it a must try in Harvard Square.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy dinner then move to the bar to continue your night listening to the tunes."

  • 10

    Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge

    The small scale of the Milky Way makes this a great place to listen to live music. Check the calendar of events for current offerings.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Milky Way Lounge is combined with a restaurant making it your one stop shop for nighttime fun."



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