Best of Boston

BEST Jazz Bar

1996 BEST Jazz Bar, No Frills

Wally’s Cafe

Boston

A taste of what jazz was like before it was a cultural treasure and was still just a species of fun—and some of the most unpretentious entertainment Boston had to offer. Open 365 days a year: launched half a century… read more »

1996 BEST Jazz Bar

Connolly’s

Roxbury

This may be the oldest jazz club in town, but because of its out-of-the-way location, it’s fallen off a lot of radar screens. Decent food. read more »

1996 BEST Jazz Bar

Regattabar

Cambridge

A glossy, sophisticated setting for Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, and other jazz greats. read more »

1989 BEST Jazz Bar

The Willow Jazz Club

Somerville

More guts and ferment than in the polished Regattabar, but high musical standards are met nightly. read more »

1987 BEST Jazz Bar

Willow Cafe

Somerville

Small, smoky, and swinging. read more »

1986 BEST Jazz Bar

Regattabar

Cambridge

For general excellence, in spite of the steep prices for thimble-size drinks. read more »

1985 BEST Jazz Bar

The Regattabar

Cambridge

Booker Fenton Hollander continues to pull in the big names and a nice crowd. read more »

1984 BEST Jazz Bar

Springfield’s

Cambridge

On Thursday nights they book rarely seen national acts. And sell the place out. read more »

1983 BEST Jazz Bar

Ryles

Cambridge

Makes a serious effort to book the best music. Watch for Bellevista. read more »