Boston's Best Nightlife: Where to Drink, Dance, Relax or Enjoy the Music

Boston area nightlife offers a little something to suit all tastes. Selecting an array of nightspots that cater to all types of crowds with the common goal of enjoying a night on the town, you'll find a fit with a night spot on our 10best list.

The Boston area is prime for night life with popular places lining the streets of all Boston neighborhoods and popping up in hotels. Enjoy libations at Legal's Harborside where you can enjoy your drinks with breathtaking views from their rooftop bar or join the masses on Landsdowne Street where it is always hopping when the lights get dim and "play" at Jillian's. Club seekers won't want to leave the dance floor of the wildly popular Tunnel where young, well dressed twenty-somethings gyrate to beats well into the evening. While for those seeking the excitement of an old fashioned speakeasy, Drink allows you to watch your mixologist put on a show. Music lovers should not skip the Middle East where performers draw crowds on a regular basis. And hotel bars often have people lined up to get in like at  Oak Long Bar and Kitchen and the popular Bond. 

Faneuil Hall/Government Center


Chill out at Frost Ice Bar. The world's largest permanent ice bar makes its home in Boston's Faneuil Hall marketplace where guests purchase tickets to enjoy a 45 minute stay inside the ice carved walls of Frost. Donning specially made capes and...  Read More



As if the W Hotel needed to get any cooler. Tunnel, one of the hottest nightclubs in Boston, has brought an even cooler crowd through their doors. You'll find jetsetters mingling with young professionals all looking to have a good time and...  Read More



Bond can be found in the Langham Hotel. Here high-class clientele comes to wine, dine and linger. Serving food and drinks, this hotel bar truly has it all. An elegant space creates a need to be well-dressed. Begin with dinner and end the evening...  Read More



Oak Long Bar and Kitchen replaced the legendary, upscale steakhouse/bar combo that resided in the Copley Plaza Hotel. This updated, modern space removes the formality and separation of the steakhouse and popular ballroom dancing spot; replacing...  Read More



The coolest bar in Boston for sports fans is the Bleacher Bar. Situated beneath the centerfield bleachers of Fenway Park, The Bleacher Bar is one of the most unique and best places in Boston to watch a game because you can actually see it...  Read More

Legal Harborside
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Legal Harborside Floor 3 is a rooftop lounge with a retractable roof that makes it a perfect place to spend a warm summer night sipping cocktails, or a cold winter one watching ships pass by below. With a very limited menu, it is best to find...  Read More



Jillian's is your one stop spot for all kinds of night time fun. On their three levels you will find billiards, bowling and dancing, each spot segregated from the others to ensure you only have to partake in what you're looking for. 20 something...  Read More

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Drink differs from any other bar around. Walk into this basement bar and grab a seat, you'll need one as drink after drink you will not want to leave. Bartenders put on quite the show shaking and mixing concoctions you never knew existed....  Read More



Offering live music in three distinct settings (Upstairs, the Corner and Downstairs), the Middle East provides a place for a wide array of bands to perform as well as affording space for local artists to display their work. The three performance...  Read More

STAGE American Vaudeville Nightclub
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STAGE American Vaudeville Nightclub brings guests back in time to the American vaudeville era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy the epoch entertainers on the four stages that make their home inside the doors of STAGE, and the...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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