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Bars and nightlife in Cambridge

Top bars

Rock Club
“The Middle East has been an anchor of Central Square for decades. While it sounds like a single venue - it is actually 3 distinct music venues: Middle East Corner (free live music), Middle East Downstairs (larger music venue with covers between $10-20), Middle East Upstairs (more acoustic type acts with small cover).”
  • 76 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“My favorite restaurant in Harvard Square. Great seasonal ingredients and amazing cocktails. Ask for the "Secret Burger" or even the "Super Secret Burger". They only make 30 or so a night though - so go early if you want to catch one.”
  • 48 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“They've got an excellent bar and food menu. Not a huge dinner menu but we've enjoyed everything we've ever had. Offerings tend more toward the decadent side than light/healthy fare. If buffalo style brussel sprouts (one of our favorite items) sounds like something you'd like, take a look at their menu. The space gets crowded, so if you want to sit quickly go early. It also can get pretty loud, so if you're looking for a quiet dining experience, you might want to look elsewhere. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“The Best BBQ, try the buffalo shrimp as an app. They have more than 20 beers on tap”
  • 57 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Only the best cocktail bar in Boston. Ask for Sam. Tell him some crazy redhead named John sent you and that he's missed at Drink.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Pub
“The Druid is an excellent Irish Pub and is my favorite place to get Fish and Chips. Their beef stew is also one of my favorite meals in the city.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Café
“Definitely the best breakfast spot in Cambridge. If you arrive before 10am you shouldn't have to wait too long. After 10am you might have a 30-60 minute wait. Put your name in and go exploring - definitely worth it! Lemon ricotta pancakes are amazing.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Speakeasy style bar above the Central Kitchen Restaurant with amazing cocktails and lounge-like atmosphere. Very cool.”
  • 47 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Rock Club
“The Middle East has been an anchor of Central Square for decades. While it sounds like a single venue - it is actually 3 distinct music venues: Middle East Corner (free live music), Middle East Downstairs (larger music venue with covers between $10-20), Middle East Upstairs (more acoustic type acts with small cover).”
  • 76 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Great restaurant with noddles, sushi and other dishes. They have nightly jazz bands that play during dinner.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Also listed in the dining and drinking section - there is great live music here.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“An authentic Cambridgeport dive bar with live music and eclectic characters that have been regulars for years. Perfect place to people watch.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Lounge
“A Cambridge gem Fair warning though, the bar can get crowded so just beware if you come here later in the night. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Lounge
“American tavern in former police HQ with cocktails, DJs & a patio with giant Jenga & lawn games.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lounge
“Dynamic & bustling lounge with eclectic bites where underground DJs spin dance music.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“A fun, kitschy bar just under a mile down the street from us. An offbeat food and drink selection, and a crowd that is typically not touristy.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Music venues

Rock Club
“The Middle East has been an anchor of Central Square for decades. While it sounds like a single venue - it is actually 3 distinct music venues: Middle East Corner (free live music), Middle East Downstairs (larger music venue with covers between $10-20), Middle East Upstairs (more acoustic type acts with small cover).”
  • 76 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This is a serious music venue that attracts word-class performers. It is small and intimate and a great place to appreciate a band you've been wanting to see.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“Maybe I just have great memories of coming here in college, but I've always had a soft spot for The Burren. The bartenders have a thick Irish accents and they often have a live band playing traditional Irish music in the front room. The back room also has a live band on Fri and Sat nights, but there's usually a $10 cover to get in.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pub
“I do not eat there, but have never tried it. Judge that for yourself. They sometimes have some good bands, so check out who is playing.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“An authentic Cambridgeport dive bar with live music and eclectic characters that have been regulars for years. Perfect place to people watch.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Enjoy a fun early morning or afternoon jog and see the famous Hatch shell. Its a great place to view the 4th of July fireworks and they hold classical concerts there.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Live music anyone?... No cover charge and fairly cheap drinks at this small local venue. The music is hit or miss, but usually a hit, and sometimes absolutely amazing. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pub
“ Irish pub offering Cajun-inspired bar fare, craft beers, darts, sports on TV & frequent live music. (366 Somerville Ave Somerville, MA 02143)”
  • 22 locals recommend