Best of Boston

BEST Nightlife

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 »

2008 BEST Nightlife, Neighborhood, South Boston

Lucky’s Lounge

South Boston

Retro without being poseurish, Lucky’s is jammed nightly with Fort Point artists and business types who blew across the Summer Street bridge. read more »

2008 BEST Nightlife, West
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Watch City Brewing Company

Waltham

In trying to determine a bar’s worthiness, here’s a helpful question: If in the company of the most fantastically annoying people imaginable (say, the combined casts of A Shot at Love and A Shot at Love 2), could you still… read more »

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 »