Boston Offers Lots of Live Music for Your Listening Pleasure

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.

Local favorites range from The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, home to four special spots that offer a diverse mix of music, to legendary nightclubs like Club Passim, known for its musical variety, and launching quite a few famous players.

Those who want to hear up and comers playing jazz flock to the desirable dive bar Wally's where they are jammin' out jazz  365 nights a year. And if you want to see someone perform who is a bit more famous be sure to seek out tickets to a show at the Paradise.

Whatever you desire, Boston is the one city that hosts quite a cast of musical characters for your listening pleasure.

Beat Hotel
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Beat Hotel is ideally located in Harvard Square where the diversity of the population is mirrored in neighborhood spots, including Beat Hotel. Nightly live music pair well with the menu and lets diner let loose while they indulge. The cocktail...  Read More



Known for its live music and party atmosphere, the House of Blues is a great Boston spot to get down and get grooving. From concerts to DJ's and even a visit to its famous Foundation Room, there is always a reason to dance at the House of Blues....  Read More



Ryles is an Inman Square institution that goes beyond the typical jazz club to bring you something special. Spanning two floors, it is a diverse live music venue that often hosts famous favorites like Arturo Sandoval and Nestor Torres. Local...  Read More



Club Passim is a nonprofit arts organization. Here you'll find an inspiring and interactive music experience meant to be enjoyed by all. Their aim is to create a vibrant community for artists, students and audience members. So many famous faces...  Read More

Harvard Square


The Sinclair is a Harvard Square live music venue that plays host to a variety of indie acts sure to impress the music lover in you. The space is intimate enough to allow you to feel the music, yet large enough to offer excellent acoustics. The...  Read More



Wally's is a dark, intimate jazz club in Boston's shadier section of the South End, and has been an area favorite since opening its doors in 1947. Each night, Wally's begins its live jazz about 9pm. A training ground for local talent, Wally's...  Read More



Popular Jazz acts frequent Scullers making it the destination in Boston to enjoy live Jazz at night. A reputation for offering excellence in the performers picked to don their stage, Scullers has been welcoming guests for quite some time. Enjoy...  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



The Paradise Rock Club is a notable Boston club that has been host to some of the biggest name sin music. Larger in scale than many of Boston's hot bars that host live music, the Paradise has more of a concert hall feel. A good sized stage lets...  Read More



Great Scott the perfect place to down a pint and enjoy live music. Hosting an impressive line-up of DJ's, special events and a mix of live acts that will keep your feet tapping, Great Scott's is a good time. Prompt bar service enhances the...  Read More


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