Best of Boston

BEST Jazz Bar

1996 BEST Jazz Bar

Regattabar

Cambridge

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

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»

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»