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3 College Junior

Nightlife: MIT frat parties and Allston parties are popular here.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: BU's parties are all in crappy houses (not bad but still) but there's MIT frats on campus and other colleges nearby

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Doesn't matter how obscure your social atmosphere taste might be, you can find it in Boston. There are lots of different places to choose from depending on what you like to do. Covers might see high in some places, but you have to remember you are in a larger city where they assume everyone has money to burn. You don't have to go out and party to survive and make friends. I've spent my fair share of nights having a nice dinner or just being a bum and watching movies at my place.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Freshmen year it's all about the Allston Crawl, baby. You can and will find a party anywhere in Allston. After the first year, though, it loses it's appeal. For me, after my first year I stuck to smaller parties off campus at friend's places instead of at frats in Allston. It's tough to have any real parties in the dorms, and your punishment is strict if you're found out.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: If you're social and you know people with apartments/ houses its fun. If you're over 21 you're all set and can just go to bars and clubs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 121st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 970th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1246th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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Because the Greek aspect of campus life is lacking, students gather off campus at the large variety of clubs, bars, and lounges that constitute the nightlife of Boston. This brings several benefits to social living: You can interact regularly with students from other universities (Boston College, Emerson, Northeastern, MIT, and Harvard), as well as meet other individuals from the area, and you also have the benefit of incorporating so much more activity into a Friday night. This is a big step away from drunken nights spent trying to get closer to the keg. The downside, however, is that the majority of venues are 21-and-older, leaving those under the legal age to think of more creative ways to relish their nightlife.

Boston draws big names in music, the arts, and all forms of entertainment, providing ample opportunities for either a good party or a cultural evening. Landsdowne Street tends to be the breeding ground for typical club-goers. Check out more causal and eclectic venues like the Middle East, Paradise Lounge, Phoenix Landing, Venu, or Rise. Of course, if a well-spent night of drinking is your primary interest, rest assured that anytime you stick thousands of college students in a small area, there is plenty of that sort of fun to go around. Apartment parties are usually open to the public for a few dollars, and just walking down Ashford Street on a Saturday is a sure bet for some heavy activity to show itself.

 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Allston/Brighton
  • Cambridge (Mass Ave. area)
  • Chinatown/Theater District Downtown
  • Landsdowne Street
Student Favorites
  • Harper's Ferry
  • Our House
  • Paradise
  • Roxy
  • An Tua Nua
Other Places to Check Out
  • Jillians' Billiards Club
  • Rise
Local Specialties
Cape Codder:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Boston Phoenix
  • The Improper Bostonian
  • Type "Boston clubs" into Google
  • The Weekly Dig
  • www.jambase.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Pour House Bar & Grille
Organization Parties
Throughout the year, many cultural groups host parties that allow a student to dance from everything to Indian music to Latin beats. BU has also recently instituted Jammin Thursdays, a free dance party held every night at BU Central. Due to the vast amount of nightlife available outside of the campus, it is common to see poor attendance at dance events, especially since BU competes with other colleges such as dance parties hosted by Northeastern and MIT.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Roxy

While the Roxy holds some of the best concerts in Boston (Ween, The Flaming Lips, and the Disco Biscuits were there), if you show up on any other night, it is more of the same well-dressed, overpriced, generic club scene. For live music there is no dress code and it is 18+, but most other nights are 21+ with no sneakers allowed.

279 Tremont St.

Boston

(617) 338-ROXY

Matrix

Typical 19+ club scene with a dress code (no sneakers). The Matrix is attached to the Roxy, located in the Theatre District.

275 Tremont St.

Boston

(617) 338-ROXY

Vertigo

This is a small modern club with a good atmosphere, depending on the night you attend. Drinks tend to be a bit expensive. The age restrictions and dress codes vary by night. Check out Wednesday nights for good Psy-trance.

126 State St.

Boston

(617) 723-7277

Venu

Venu is one of those clubs that varies by night. Some of the hottest young people in Boston show up at this club.

100 Warrenton St.

Boston

(617) 338-8061

Avalon

This is one of the most popular clubs in the Boston area. Some nights vary from 19+ to 21+. Avalon has been known to attract top names, like Paul Oakenfold.

15 Landsdowne St

Boston

(617) 262-2424

Aria

This is a new gay club downtown. Some nights

246 Tremont St.

Boston

(617) 338-7080

Havana Club

This 21+ club specializes in salsa, providing lessons for the beginning of each night. The downside however, is that it is only open Friday and Saturday night. No partner required to partake in lessons.

288 Green St.

Cambridge

(617) 312-5550

www.havanaclubsalsa.com

Felt

This is a trendy club downtown, offering drinks and pool to the more mainstream crowd. It is 21+.

533 Washington St.

Boston

(617) 350-5555

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Phoenix Landing

This is a small club/bar in Cambridge with a good atmosphere and a young crowd. There are good drum and bass and break beats on Thursdays. It is 21+ every night, but no dress code, and a really cheap cover.

512 Mass. Ave.

Cambridge

(617) 576-6260

Pour House Bar & Grille

The Pour House is 21+ at night, with no age restrictions during the day. The atmosphere is one of the best of the restaurants/bars in the Boston area, and there is no dress code. The food and drinks are not only really good, but really cheap, as well.

909 Boylston St.

Boston

(617) 236-1767

Paradise Lounge

Offers live rock and DJs at the club, with a history of great musicians that have played with them. The lounge is more of the hip punk scene. (*Tip: it is really easy to sneak into shows undetected if you show up after the first hour or so. You enter the building before purchasing a ticket . . . so if you just walk by the ticket-taker, they usually won't stop you.)

969 Commonwealth Ave.

Boston

(617) 562-8804

Our House West

This is the big BU nightspot. It is 21+ at night, but the restaurant has no age restrictions during the day. It has comfy couches covered in pillows, foosball, pool, cheap food ($5 burgers in 11 varieties), board and card games, TV, and an easy-going attitude.

1277 Commonwealth Ave.

Allston

(617) 782-3228

Palladium

This venue holds big concerts in Massachusetts (Moe, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Disco Biscuits). There is no dress or age restriction.

261 Main St.

Worcester

(508) 797-9696

Silhouette Lounge

This lounge, a local favorite, is mainly populated by students and old men. Pool and darts are taken very seriously here. There is cheap food and drinks, and is 21+ every night with no dress code.

200 Brighton Ave.

Allston

(617) 254-9306

Who's On First?

Stop in before the game for cold drinks, big screen TVs, great music and a crowd that knows what a good time is all about. Then come back after the game because when the lights go out in Fenway the dancing begins at Who's. With a great mix of classics you love and the newest music you wanna hear being played by one of the five House DJs.

19 Yawkey Way

(617) 247-3353

Wonder Bar

This place is only a good time if you like that plastic, flashy, expensive feel of most posh city bars and clubs. While there is pretty good jazz, the vibe is obnoxiously unintelligent. The bar is 21+ and has a strict dress code.

186 Harvard Ave.

Allston

(617) 351-COOL

An Tua Nua

An Tua Nua is a lounge in the South Campus that is 19+ and offers weekly theme-oriented nights, like Goth and Industrial on Monday nights. An Tua Nua has been very popular because of its affordable drink prices.

835 Beacon St.

Boston

(617) 262-2121

Sunset Grille and Tap

There are about 300 different types of beer available every day. So if beer is your thing, this is the place to go. It is also a restaurant, so there are no age or dress restrictions, and the food is as good as the beer. Whatever you do, don't dare order a Bud Light with your meal. You will be made fun of by your waiter.

130 Brighton Ave.

Allston

(617) 254-1331

T.T. the Bear's Place

T.T.'s offers live rock and roll, pinball, and a pool table. It is usually 18+ and doesn't have a dress code.

10 Brookline St.

Cambridge

(617) 492-BEAR

Dick's Last Resort

This is a restaurant/bar that occasionally has live entertainment. The waiters are paid to be extremely rude to the customers. This is supposedly a good time.

55 Huntington Ave.

Boston

(617) 267-8080

Gypsy Bar

With its dimly lit corners, inviting couches and plasma TVs tuned to the Fashion Channel, Gypsy Bar is the spot for a chic late-night rendezvous. DJs please European students by spinning international dance tunes.

116 Boylston St.

Boston

(617) 482-7799

Copperfield's Bar

Copperfield's, located next to historic Fenway Park, features Boston's hottest local talent. They provide some of the best original, cover, and college bands throughout New England. Open seven days a week with live entertainment Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

98 Brookline Ave.

(617) 247-8605

Bill's Bar

Bill's alternates between 18+ and 19+ all week long. Bill's is used both as a lounge space, and a venue for concerts.

5 1/2 Landsdowne St.

Boston

(617) 421-9678

Club Café

This well-known gay (male) bar downtown is 19+ most nights of the week, and brings together an American menu with a lounge/bar atmosphere.

209 Columbus Ave.

Boston

(617) 536-0966

Harper's Ferry

This is a really chill place, with live R&B, jam bands, and funk. They also have dart tournaments and pool. It is always 21+, but no dress codes.

158 Brighton Ave

Allston

(617) 254-9743

Model Café

The Model has a `50s feel, showing new works by local artists, and offering home-style lunch and dinner specials, four beers on tap, accompanied by good music and a personal atmosphere. It is populated by a 21+ hip, punk, and mod crowd-no dress code. Lines for Model can get very long so be sure to arrive early.

7 North Beacon St.

Allston

(617) 254-9365

O'Brien's Pub

Irish style brewery in Allston; The pub is 21+, with no dress code.

3 Harvard Ave.

Allston

(617) 782-9082

Middle East

Cool venue with three levels of live music and Middle Eastern food. The place is 18+, with occasional 21+ shows. But if you are going, remember your ID. Even for 18+ shows, they are extremely strict: no ID, no entrance.

472 Mass. Ave.

Cambridge

(617) 497-0576

The Kells

The Kells has premier rock shows on Wednesday nights. and drum and bass on Tuesdays. There is also pool, darts, dancing, DJs and food. It is 21+ with no dress code.

161 Brighton Ave.

Allston

(617) 782-9082

Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

Yeah, it is a drive. But they have great shows almost every weekend, with pretty big names. If you have a car, check it out. The club is 21+ and it has no dress code.

239 Westminster St.

Providence

(401) 272-5876

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Clubs and parties

Most clubs regularly have 18+ nights, especially for special events/live music shows. Frat parties are always available for nighttime partying around campus (both at BU, and the other schools in the area). Apartment parties are literally everywhere, every night. Information about outdoor parties is usually spread by word of mouth (there are some fun ones that are thrown on the beach on Cape Cod).

The Other Side Cosmic Café

Serves really healthy and interesting food, including fruit smoothies, brie, pear sandwiches, and beer. The atmosphere is really chill, and they are open pretty late.

407 Newbury St.

Boston

(617) 536-9477

Aquarium IMAX

The Aquarium has a new 3D IMAX theatre that is open after the exhibits close.

Central Wharf

(617) 973-5200

The Asylum

The Asylum holds all of the major raves in the Massachusetts area. Various production companies throw parties at this venue once a month, and have hosted really big names in the electronic industry, across genres. There are four rooms, each with a different sound. Tickets for parties are sold around $25 and are available at Satellite Records on Massachusetts Avenue, on the corner of Newbury Street

1592 Main St

Springfield

(203) 287-8398

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 93 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 91 responses

  • 14% Walk.
  • 21% Taxis.
  • 55% Public transportation.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 2% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% There are no good options.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 35 responses

  • 42% Allston or MIT frats
  • 32% Bars when you are 21
  • 13% Harvard
  • 8% I don't party
  • 4% Boston College
  • 2% Cambridge for latin dance

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 40% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 44% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 28 responses

  • 89% Marathon monday
  • 7% Back Bay Ball
  • 4% St. Patricks Day

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