Boston Afterhours Tips

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Comedy Connection

Looking for some guaranteed laughs? Start out with The Comedy Connection at Faneuil Hall in the Quincy Market. Hailed as the best in town by the Improper Bostonian for the past several years, it was also named by USA Today as the best comedy club in the country. The Comedy Connection often hosts such big names as Chris Rock, Dennis Miller, Margaret Cho and George Lopez along with a lot of very talented locals. For a special treat, drop by on Thursday nights to see comedian/hypnotist Frank Santos who is simply amazing. There is a cover, which varies. Appetizers and desserts are available. Reservations strongly recommended. The club is on the second floor of the Quincy Market building. Telephone: 617-248-9700.

   

Newbury Street

Newbury Street is Boston's version of Los Angeles's Rodeo Drive. During the day, it is a luxury-shopping mecca. At night, Newbury Street's restaurants and bars fill with trendy young professionals looking to mix and mingle over martinis and gourmet foods. Try Sonsie if you're looking to dress up for cocktails, Daisy Buchanan's if you'd like to spot a Red Sox player, and the patio at Stephanie's on Newbury Street if people watching is your thing.

   

Boylston Street

The bars on Boylston Street attract a mix of young professionals and college students. If you want to bar hop on Boylston Street, be prepared to walk. In other words, if you plan to wear high heels, you might want to choose the one-inch pump over the three-inch stilettos.

Start at Dillon's for dinner and mingling, then head to the Cactus Club for one of their famous margaritas. If you're looking to follow the crowd, stop at the Pour House, Foggy Goggle, or Gypsy Bar. If you're looking to sit down for a drink, try Vox Populi, the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, or the Parish Café.

Boylston Street is close to the bars and clubs on Newbury Street and the Theatre District.

   

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall is a popular nighttime destination for tourists and locals alike. There are a number of Irish pubs, the Comedy Connection, and several places to dance. If you go, be prepared for crowds and lines, both at the door and the bar.

   

Lansdowne Street

Adjacent to Fenway Park, Lansdowne Street is one of Boston's busiest after-hours destinations. Lansdowne Street's many clubs and bars offer dancing, bowling, shooting pool, or a place to watch the Red Sox.

Masses of club-clothed twenty-somethings rule Lansdowne Street on most nights. During baseball season, expect crowds of Red Sox-logo garbed fans to invade the bars for pre- and post-game festivities. If you're looking for an evening of quiet conversation and martinis, Lansdowne Street is not for you, but if you're looking to let loose, it's the perfect place.

   

Pre- and post-Red Sox game

Boston's Fenway neighborhood bars serve an influx of Red Sox fans from April to October every year. Stop by one of these bars if you're attending a game or just want to be close to the action.

- Game On! – Fenway's newest bar features plasma TVs everywhere you turn.
- Cask ‘n Flagon – This baseball season staple was renovated for the 2006 season.
- Boston Beer Works – Known for its specialty beers, such as blueberry beer and watermelon beer.
- Boston Billiards – Watch the game and play a game of pool.
- Eastern Standard – A more sophisticated option to sports bars. Try to snag a patio seat.
- Who's on First – Popular with the younger crowd.
- Tequila Rain – This dance club turns sports bar before Red Sox games.

   

The Alley

The Alley is just that, an alley lined with several popular Boston nightclubs and bars. The crowd is typically young and the mood is on the rowdy side. The Liquor Store's mechanical bull attracts crowds and The Big Easy has multiple floors and rooms of dancing. If you go, expect to wait in line and be prepared for a cover charge.

   

The Paradise

The Paradise is synonymous with Boston's rock scene. Since its opening in 1977, it has hosted rock and roll royalty such as U2, AC / DC, and Billy Joel. The club touts its ability to select and feature music stars of tomorrow, and history shows they have a good ear. The Paradise has shows throughout the week.

   

Fancy cocktails

Whether you're looking to celebrate or just prefer fancy drinks, Boston has something to suit even the most discerning liquor palette. Check out these places, known for their specialty cocktails:

- The Bristol Lounge at The Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St.

- Saint, 90 Exeter St.

- JER-NE at The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, 10 Avery Street

- Excelsior Restaurant – 272 Boylston Street

   

Outdoor Ideas

While Boston is subject to cold, oftentimes dreary New England weather six months of the year, it has an enviable spring and summertime climate. And when the weather heats up, the nightlife goes outside. Here are a few suggestions:

- Newbury Street is perfect for sipping martinis on the patio on a warm summer night.
- Some bars without patios, such as The Rattlesnake on Boylston Street, open their rooftops during sandal weather.
- Tia's on the Waterfront has an outdoor bar and a prime waterfront location. Nearby is Joe's American Bar & Grill on the Waterfront.
- Take a walk through the North End – Boston's Little Italy - and you will happen upon many restaurants with open floor-to-ceiling windows and some with rooftop dining.

   
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