Don’t be deterred by Allston’s infamous reputation of “Rat City.” Packed with bars, restaurants, music venues and more, it is the ideal Boston nightlife destination away from the sleek clubs and tourists of the city’s downtown. Here are some places you can’t miss if you are looking for a fun night in a neighborhood locals love.
Silhouette Lounge – 200 Brighton Ave
Famous as the best dive bar in the city, Silhouette Lounge is a great place to go if you are looking for cheap beer and a good time with friends. Decorated with vintage 70’s and 80’s decor and graffiti, this bar has a huge juke box where customers can pick songs, a room to play darts and free popcorn! When reviewing Silhouette, customers have used words like “punk,” “grunge” and “metal” to describe its aesthetic.
Tavern in the Square – 161 Brighton Ave
During the school year, Tavern in the Square is the Thursday night go-to for Boston University students. Especially during the warm weather of fall and spring, there is sure to be a line down the block, so make sure to get there early! However, the wait is well worth it. Inside you’ll find a lively atmosphere with groups of friends seated at the high tops chatting and people dancing to the DJ on the dancefloor. With reasonably priced drinks and famous blue fishbowls, Tavern in the Square is conveniently located in the center of the Allston bar scene, so even during the summer when the college crowd has gone home, it’s still bustling with activity.
Great Scott – 1222 Commonwealth Ave
Great Scott is another one of a kind Allston destination. A live music venue and bar, Great Scott hosts many outstanding bands every week, and tickets are usually in the affordable $10-$12 range. At this intimate, slightly divey venue, customers can casually chat and grab drinks with the bands after their sets. The people who usually frequent this bar are friendly and laidback concertgoers, looking for a fun night of good music. During the warm weather, enjoy a drink on their outdoor front porch, which looks out onto Commonwealth Ave.
Habibi’s Lounge – 1217A Commonwealth Ave
If you’re looking for an authentic Middle Eastern hookah experience, look no further than Habibi’s Lounge. With its super lush cushions and comfy pillows, you could spend all night lounging and hanging out with friends while enjoying a wide range of Habibi’s tobacco flavors. Habibi’s menu also features Middle Eastern snacks and drinks like Arabic coffee, grape leaves and hummus.
Wonder Bar – 186 Harvard Ave
During the day, this popular spot is a restaurant serving Asian-American fusion. At night, it turns into one of the most popular nightclubs in Allston. Featuring local bands and DJs, Wonder Bar is always a great choice if you just want to get out and dance. Or, if you’re looking for a laugh, the club also hosts comedy nights and open mic nights, giving up and coming comedians a chance to test out new material.
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