If youre looking for a sedate spot to enjoy a good stout and a bowl of stew then stop in during the day. If you’re looking for a crowded dance floor filled with gyrating college kids then stop in at night. A variety of dance music, DJ spun and live, and comfortable surroundings make Phoenix Landing one of the most popular destinations in the Central Square area of Cambridge. Since the music and age requirements vary on a nightly basis, it’s a good idea to call ahead.
512 Massachusetts Avenue Tel 617.576.6260 http://www.skinny.com/music/club/phoenix/
The Black Rose
This Irish pub and restaurant is considered to be one of the best spots in the country to hear live Irish bands. There are bars and restaurant areas on two floors with the bands playing on the first. The combination of raucous music, hearty pub fare, and genuine pub ambience make the Black Rose a favorite with tourists and locals.
160 State Street Tel 617.742.2286 http://www.irishconnection.com/blackrose.html
With a lounge and bar upstairs and a dance floor and bar downstairs, Vertigo let’s you relax or dance the night away. Thus Vertigo caters to those who want to see and be seen, as well as the more sedate who just want to tuck into a table with friends and drinks. The combination makes it one of the friendliest and trendiest clubs in Downtown Boston.
126 State Street Tel 617.723.7277 http://www.vertigoboston.com
T.T. the Bear’s Place
Live rock music from internationally known and local acts dominates the scene at this popular club in the Central Square Area of Cambridge. With live acts almost every night of the week, T.T the Bear’s is considered by far the best small venue in Boston. Though almost all of the shows are 18 and over, there is a bar for those over 21.
10 Brookline Street Tel 617.492.0082 http://www.ttthebears.com