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A Beginner's Guide to Boston Nightlife
Jennifer Michel

Boston offers myriad nightlife experiences, not the least of which are its excellent restaurants. Here are a few favorites, organized by location. Because Boston is a relatively small city, however, itapostrophes easy to mix and match culinary delights.


Restaurants abound throughout downtown Boston. These picks range in price from relatively cheap to darned expensive.

  • One very tasty and decently price locale is The Marshall House (15 Union St.; (617) 523-9396). It offers basic but delicious pub fare and is a pleasant place to eat and have a few drinks.
  • For something a little different and a tad more expensive, try Tatsukichi (189 State St.; (617) 720-2468) for excellent Japanese food.
  • Biba (272 Boylston St.; (617) 426-7878) features expensive but diverse and tasty fare served with flare.
  • After dinner, head to Bostonapostrophes oldest tavern, the Bell In Hand Tavern (45 Union St.; (617) 227-2098) for a quiet drink.
  • For a livelier evening--and dancing--try Zanzibar (1 Boylston Place; (617) 351-7000.

The North End:

This section of Boston is renowned for its Italian restaurants.

  • Try Luciaapostrophes (415 Hanover St.; (617) 367-2553). Its dinner menus eclectic, reasonably priced and delicious. Be sure to look up: The ceiling is decorated with gorgeous frescoes.

After dinner visit the Café Paradiso (255 Hanover St.; (617) 742-1768) for handmade spumoni, or perhaps gelato or granite.

Beacon Hill:

  • Rebeccaapostrophes Restaurant (21 Charles St.; (617) 742-9742) serves up delightful New American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Prices are reasonable, making this a stop worth making.
  • Afterwards pay your respects to the Bull and Finch Pub (84 Beacon St.; (617) 227-9605), made famous by the television series, "Cheers". Itapostrophes somewhat touristy, but remains an excellent bar.

Back Bay:

There is much to choose from in the colorful Back Bay, but these restaurants and watering holes emerge as favorites:

  • For seafood visit Skipjackapostrophes Seafood Emporium (199 Clarendon St.; (617) 536-3500. The menu is vast and features unusual dishes, all in a snazzy atmosphere.
  • A completely different but equally excellent restaurant is Café Budapest, located in the Copley Square Hotel (90 Exeter St.; (617) 734-3388). Although pricey, the food is phenomenal, and the ambiance is classic Old World charm.
  • Seeking an after-dinner drink and some blues? Head over to the Pour house (909 Boylston St.; (617) 236-1767). Itapostrophes a little wilder than the Bull and Finch, but definitely not touristy.


  • Mucho Gusto (1124 Boylston St.; (617) 236-1020) offers a change of pace in the Fenway neighborhood. It features traditional Cuban fare such as black beans and rice or paella.
  • Spicy and affordable Thai food is on the bill of fare at Bangkok Cuisine (177-A Massachusetts Ave.; (617) 262-5377.
  • Follow up with an evening at the Karma Club (9 Landsdowne St.; (617) 421-9595) for music and dancing (a dress code is enforced).
  • For more casual fun, try The Tam OapostropheShanter (299 Harvard St.; Brookline; (617) 277-0982) for jazz and blues.

The South End:

  • Desirous of a truly unique dining experience? Try the Addis Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant (544 Tremont St.; (617) 426-8727) in Bostonapostrophes South End. More of an adventure than simply a meal, the dining area is decorated with beautiful African artifacts and the food is served on large platters without silverware.
  • To round out the evening, head to Wallyapostrophes Café (427 Massachusetts Ave.; (617) 424-1408) for live jazz and cocktails.

Jennifer Michel lives in Boston and can be reached at She recommends that anyone living in or traveling in New England peruse Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press. She recommends that anyone living in or traveling in New England peruse Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.Hidden New England, from Ulysses Press.