Best of Boston

BEST Nightlife

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Washington Square
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The Publick House

Brookline

Sometimes a cozy haunt, sometimes a party den, the imported-beer mecca is consistently the square’s best bet for elbow bending (and rubbing). read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Charlestown
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Tangierino

Charlestown

The fun-seeking throngs that rock the Casbah Lounge at this Moroccan favorite come for the belly dancing, stay for the hookah. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, North
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Brenden Crocker’s Wild Horse Café

Beverly

When people start gathering outside a bar before 5 o’clock, it’s a sign of either a really choice watering hole or really thirsty locals. Not seeing Beverly as much of a hard-core tippler’s town, we bet it’s the former when… read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Fenway/Symphony
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Game On!

Boston

For those who struck out on tickets but still yearn for Fenway action, the supersize sports bar keeps high-def tubes blaring and brews flowing all night long. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, South
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Ember

Marshfield

When this hypnotically arty restaurant-bar designed and owned by a local architect made its debut four years ago, it not only lent zing to the South Shore dining scene, but also beckoned Cape-bound cosmopolites with its expertly shaken martinis, mod… read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, North End
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The Living Room

Boston

Young suits loosen their ties and hipsters let down their guard in the loungey, kick-back atmosphere. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Roslindale
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Birch Street Bistro

Roslindale

Save yourself the T fare: The stylish gathering spot, a magnet for young commuters, can hold its own against big-city bars. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Allston
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Privus

Allston

Glam décor and upscale cocktails like the dirty wasabi-tini cordon off sushi lounge Privus as ‘adult swim’ amid undergrad-swamped booze holes. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Central Square
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The Plough & Stars

Cambridge

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2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, Davis Square
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Johnny D’s

Somerville

The crowd is young and lively and the lineup is unfailingly eclectic (Texas swing one night, reggae the next) at this live-music institution. read more »