The Top 9 Most Intimate Boston Concert Venues

Boston has a fantastic music scene. While there are many impressive venues, the city’s musical roots can easily go unseen. From Jamaica Plain to the South End, cozy bars and lounges feature incredible local artists every night. This February, take shelter with a craft pint and some stellar dance moves. It’s all here folks–reggae, blues, folk, electronic, rock, hip-hop–so come join in the local festivities!

Impress a visiting friend or avoid being a tourist by checking out our list of Boston’s 9 most intimate concert venues!

Club Passim

Since 1958, this underground venue has offered candlelit ambiance, beautiful music, and delicious organic food. Grab a craft beer and settle in for a night of folk music and memorable storytelling. Get cozy at Passim on a cold winter night!

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Bull McCabe’s

Located in Union Square, this seedy outpost features the best reggae bands around. On Sundays, go for the dredded men of Dub Apocalypse. On Tuesday, check out some funky soul from The Ghetto People. Always rowdy and cheerful, this spot is a local gem!

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You can’t get more intimate than Toad. This tiny watering hole is constantly full of die-hard regulars. Find yourself sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with a guitarist or dancing with the lead singer. Better yet, Toad will never charge a cover!

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Plough and Stars

One of Cambridge’s oldest pubs, The Plough sits on a corner off of Mass Ave. With live music 7 nights a week, you can pop in whenever you’d like. If you play tunes yourself, join in on the open blues jam every Wednesday. A very friendly crowd always awaits!

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Lucky’s Lounge

Lucky’s brings an old school cool to Boston’s Seaport. Paying homage to Sinatra and The Rat Pack, this suave spot features classic lounge music. Sip on a primo cocktail and tap your foot to the beat.

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Midway Cafe

The Midway is one of Boston’s best hidden secrets. Located in Jamaica Plain, This no-frills concert venue hosts an eclectic mix. Partake in Thursday’s famous “Queeraoke” or come support a talented upcoming artist. The Midway celebrates diversity, community, and music!

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Atwoods Tavern

Order a boozy milkshake (with Bailey’s) and settle in for a show. With fireplaces and a raised stage, Atwood’s offers a classier concert feel. Offering a mix of roots, blues, folk and rock, you are likely to spark up a conversation or get your dance on. What’s better than that?

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Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen

Southern cuisine and live jazz thrive at Darryl’s. If you’re in the South End, definitely stop in for Sunday Brunch or a late-night snack. Both the food and tunes are sure to soothe the soul!

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Middlesex Lounge

Interested in electronic music? Middlesex is unlike the other spots on our list. Walk in and immediately feel the full-body beat of whatever DJ is spinning. Here, you can dance hard and feel normal about it. With simple yet enjoyable bar options, this Kendall Square night club is small and loads of fun!

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