Best of Boston

2016 Best Bar Alternative

Brooklyn Boulders

With a café and lounge space and late-night hours, this 40,000-square-foot oasis of rock-climbing walls is a tempting way to break free from your Friday-night routine. If the upper-body burn and primal joy prove addictive, Brooklyn Boulders offers regular classes to help build your skills. But don’t be intimidated: Beginning climbers are also welcome, and there are knowledgeable instructors to help you get acclimated. Next stop Everest, or at least the Blue Hills.

12A Tyler St., Somerville, 617-623-6700,