Best of Boston

2017 Best Bar Alternative

Once Somerville

It’s definitely not a bar, though there’s no shortage of beers. And it’s not exactly a concert hall, but it knows how to pull in national acts and put on one hell of a show. Welcome to Once Somerville, a 9,000-square-foot venue of shape-shifting entertainment. Whatever happens to be on the calendar—Monday-night tacos, heavy-metal yoga, storytelling performances from the Moth—it’s sure to beat the regular routine of draining a few pints at your local watering hole.

156 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-285-0167,