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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is a new gay club downtown. Some nights
246 Tremont St.
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.
This is a trendy club downtown, offering drinks and pool to the more mainstream crowd. It is 21+.
533 Washington St.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
This venue holds big concerts in Massachusetts (Moe, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Disco Biscuits). There is no dress or age restriction.
261 Main St.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Irish style brewery in Allston; The pub is 21+, with no dress code.
3 Harvard Ave.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Aquarium has a new 3D IMAX theatre that is open after the exhibits close.
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