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2007 Best Club, DJ Music

River Gods

Cambridge
Venture into this fancifully cluttered hole in the wall and you’re just as likely to hear early ’80s hip-hop set to a break-dance movie as […] read more»
2007 Best Club, General

The Enormous Room

Cambridge
While college kids and out-of-towners wait in line downtown for their overpriced martinis and bland playlists, hipsters hit Central Square for a much more appealing […] read more»
2000 Best Club, Low-End

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge
You’re only as old as you feel, so throw on some track pants and a baby-tee and join the high-energy kids at this “alternative Irish […] read more»
1999 Best Club, New Scene

Venu

Boston
With city club kids being the jet setters they are, it was only a matter of time before the cross-pollination yielded a scene straight out […] read more»
1995 Best Club, Rock

Mama Kin

The Aerosmith-inspired Lansdowne Street club is the latest addition to the Lyons empire. A word of advice—it’s loud in here. read more»
1993 Best Club, Blues

The Yard Rock Cafe

Quincy
That’s right—with a Y. It’s in Joe’s Pub, across form the Quincy Shipyard’s main gate, and its regulars describe it as an “excellent little hideaway,” […] read more»
1993 Best Club, Twentysomething

Generation X, Thursday nights only, at Quest

Boston
Stupid name, but otherwise the hot scene for the postcollege sub-boomer. Three levels of dancing, plus a roof deck where attractive waitrons serve sundaes, hot […] read more»
1991 Best Club, Folk

Passim

Cambridge
A little slice of history, with a consistent lineup of fine folksingers. It still does its best. read more»
1990 Best Club, Membership

The L Street bathouse’s men’s side

South Boston
Beautifully renovated gym with solarium, beach, steamroom, and sauna—for $10 a year! read more»
1990 Best Club, Blues

Harper’s Ferry

Allston
The South Side of Chicago meets the west side of Boston in a relaxed club where the covers are merciful, the drinks are cheap, and […] read more»
1990 Best Club, Folk

Passim

Cambridge
Not merely the best folk club in Boston—or New England or the East—but very possibly the world. Passim has broken in dozens of greats, gives […] read more»
1990 Best Club, Neighbhorhood

Ed Burke’s

Boston
Soul, blues, and R&B keep this cozy club cranking in Mission Hill—Boston’s most maligned neighborhood. read more»
1989 Best Club, Theme

Boston Beach Club

Boston
Well, it’s the themiest. Surfing videos, a bar made from surfboards, et cetera. If you can, like, flow with the energy. It also helps to […] read more»
1989 Best Club, Rock

The Paradise

Boston
The big names, night after night. read more»
1989 Best Club, Socially Progressive

Venus de Milo

Boston
Integration comes to Boston nightlife about 20 years later. Still, better late than never. read more»