Best of Boston


2007 BEST Club, DJ Music

River Gods


Venture into this fancifully cluttered hole in the wall and you’re just as likely to hear early ’80s hip-hop set to a break-dance movie as you are a Bloc Party B-side. The DJs, who perch in an alcove above the… read more »

2007 BEST Club, General

The Enormous Room


While college kids and out-of-towners wait in line downtown for their overpriced martinis and bland playlists, hipsters hit Central Square for a much more appealing kind of scene. The Enormous Room is actually anything but: long, narrow, and brick-walled, full… read more »

2000 BEST Club, Low-End

Phoenix Landing


You’re only as old as you feel, so throw on some track pants and a baby-tee and join the high-energy kids at this “alternative Irish bar.” After midnight, the Phoenix transforms itself into the hottest dance club on the left… read more »

1999 BEST Club, New Scene



With city club kids being the jet setters they are, it was only a matter of time before the cross-pollination yielded a scene straight out of South Beach. Now Venu—with its pastel interior and art deco design—could impress Miami club… read more »

1995 BEST Club, Rock

Mama Kin

The Aerosmith-inspired Lansdowne Street club is the latest addition to the Lyons empire. A word of advice—it’s loud in here. read more »

1993 BEST Club, Blues

The Yard Rock Cafe


That’s right—with a Y. It’s in Joe’s Pub, across form the Quincy Shipyard’s main gate, and its regulars describe it as an “excellent little hideaway,” a “wicked great bar,” and a nurturing setting for local blues acts. read more »

1993 BEST Club, Twentysomething

Generation X, Thursday nights only, at Quest


Stupid name, but otherwise the hot scene for the postcollege sub-boomer. Three levels of dancing, plus a roof deck where attractive waitrons serve sundaes, hot dogs, and other patio food. Up there you can actually hold a conversation. read more »

1991 BEST Club, Folk



A little slice of history, with a consistent lineup of fine folksingers. It still does its best. read more »

1990 BEST Club, Membership

The L Street bathouse’s men’s side

South Boston

Beautifully renovated gym with solarium, beach, steamroom, and sauna—for $10 a year! read more »

1990 BEST Club, Blues

Harper’s Ferry


The South Side of Chicago meets the west side of Boston in a relaxed club where the covers are merciful, the drinks are cheap, and the best local and national up-and-comers wail into the wee hours, seven nights a week. read more »