Paradise Rock Club
Fans revere Paradise as a chill place to hear good Indie rock bands. Somewhere between trashy and trendy, Paradise is a delightful venue that holds some great dance nights, as well as hosting gallery events and new art releases. The lounge is considered small, but consistently gets great acts.
The closest thing Boston has to a big-name New York club, the Roxy charges New York prices as well. It's only open three days a week, but it's always packed. The swanky ambiance, hired dancers, and expensive drinks may be too much for some, but for scenesters, it's a must.
Bill's features a mix of music, covering everything from rock to funk. Weekends are for rock, Indie local bands perform on Thursdays, and reggae jams on Sundays.
Boston Beer Works
The self-proclaimed oldest and largest brewpub in Boston boasts great seasonal beers and decent food. The place is always packed during baseball season, but the seasonal beers can be enjoyed in a little more peace at other times of the year.
The Cantab is as close to a dive as you'll find in Central Square, and a wonderful dive it is. Bluegrass night on Tuesdays draws a mix of preppy college students and grizzly old men, and after a couple visits, you'll know the names of the servers and bartenders. Other nights feature the Cantab's mascot, "Little" Joe Cook, who performs blues and R&B a few nights a week. There are also slam poetry competitions and open mic nights, some going on down in the basement while a band performs upstairs.
The Enormous Room
The Enormous Room is a dimly-lit, high-ceilinged space frequented by hipsters and run by the coolest waitresses in town. It's expensive, but has great food, good music, and the chance to sit on rugs and cushions. It may be hipper-than-thou, but it's also chill, and a nice break from the hard-partying bars and clubs in Central Square.
John Harvard's Brew House
A Harvard Square anchor, John Harvard's offers tasty food and good beer. Seasonal specialties are popular, and there's always a good crowd filling up the basement space. Though it attracts mostly college students, it's not a hip place; it's a bar's bar.
Miracle of Science Bar & Grill
A nerd bar-it shouldn't be a novelty in this city of students, but it is. Yet somehow, like Weezer, this bar manages to make nerdiness cool. Order a tasty meal off of the periodic table chalkboard on the wall, and slide yourself behind one of the few tables in the small, glass-walled space.
Sunset Grill & Tap
A beer fan's dream, this bar offers 112 beers on tap and 400 by the bottle. Popular among Wellesley's beer connoisseurs (there are more than you'd think), Sunset Grill also offers a good menu that is as extensive as its beer list.
130 Brighton Ave.
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