River Gods Has Closed for Good

The eclectic Central Square pub was a popular spot to catch live DJ sets.
River Gods in Cambridge

River Gods in Cambridge. / Photo by Greta Jochem for “Best Irish Pubs in Boston”

The Central Square nightlife scene is down one truly unique spot: River Gods has just said its final farewell.

River Gods, a whimsically-decorated, cozy pub known for hosting nightly DJ sets without a cover charge, earned multiple Best of Boston awards over its 15-year tenure on River Street. It surfaced again in this year’s class, as Central Square’s best bar, for its “soundtracks worth drinking to.” The food wasn’t an after-thought, with a wide-ranging menu of sandwiches, thin crust pizzettas, and ample vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-friendly options.

The bar was closed all last week for summer vacation, and had planned to reopen today at 3 p.m. Instead, Vanyaland reports that River Gods was unsuccessful in renewing its lease, emailing tonight’s scheduled DJs earlier this afternoon to let them know.

“It is shocking and terribly sad for all of us,” owner Jackie Linnane wrote in her earlier email, per Vanyaland. “Surreal… You all have been an intrinsic part of the River Gods family, for which, I will be eternally grateful.”

125 River St., Cambridge, 617-576-1881, rivergodsonline.com.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com