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  • The colorful facad of The Middle East
    The colorful facad of The Middle East
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  • In business since 1969
    In business since 1969
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    Central Square: 2 new-ish bars

    by mariluetta Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Two great bars have opened in Central Square in the past couple of years that make it hipper than ever without turning it into an annoying Davis Square 'scene' - RIVER GODS on River Street is fantastic. The Irish owner is a total powerhouse and darling and she's got some mad decorating sense. They have some cool music themes - preview a new album in its entirety on Tuesday nights, Dj-ing a couple of nights a week. Their food used to be top-notch but seems to be a little reduced in quality. And their beer prices are still pretty good even though they went up a bit.

    THE ENORMOUS ROOM above CENTRAL KITCHEN on Mass. Ave. is great, if trying a little hard. This guy PJ spins there on Thursday nights (maybe still?) - it's got a very loungey feel, which is not common in Boston, where the Irish pub aesthetic dominates. The food is good, a bit on the precious side, but nicely done. Very very small space so impossible to get into late on a sat or sun night but great on weekdays.

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    ManRay: If you're in the mood for something different...

    by dracko Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    ManRay Nightclub is the home of New England's underground scene, catering to a variety of alternative cultures. They are open Wednesday through Saturday. Each night is a different theme - Goth on Wed., Campus on Thu, Fantasy Fetish on Fri., and Liquid on Sat. Music depends on the night, check their website for particulars...

    If you go on Fri, keep in mind that it is a fetish night and that most people do dress up (or more often than not, down) for it. You also get a $5 discount off the cover charge if you're in appropriate attire for the night

    Dress Code: Dress code is enforced, especially on Wed. and Fri. Wear black as last resort. Thu. & Sat. aren't quite as strict, so your typical club garb might do.

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    The Middle East: The Middle East

    by diver-x Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    The colorful facad of The Middle East

    The Middle East has grown from restaurant with belly-dancing to THE rock club in the Boston area. The restaurant is still there, but most people go for the music. They have three stages:
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    Upstairs is an intimate venue for lesser-known acts.
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    The ground floor has the restaurant with free entertainment, usually in the folk genre.
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    Downstairs has the big stage where better-known regional bands play.
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    All three floors have their own bar.
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    The Middle East is a great place to see a band and it's right next to TT The Bear's Place, my favorite spot to see music.
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    Take the Red Line to the Central Square stop, (or Bus #'s: 1,47,70,64,83,91) walk two blocks towards boston. The Middle East is on right at corner of Mass Ave and Brookline St.
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    Dress Code: Come as you are.

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    TT The Bear's Place: TT The Bear's Place

    by diver-x Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    TT The Bear's Place (http://www.ttthebears.com):

    Great spot to catch up and coming local bands. Mostly rock, but sometimes folk, surf or what-have-you.

    Take the Red Line MBTA train to Central stop. Walk two blocks down Massachusetts Ave (street numbers going down) and then turn right onto Brookline Street. T.T.'s is on the left at 10 Brookline Street.
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    Dress Code: Come as you are.

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    The Field: The Field

    by diver-x Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    Girls, if you like good-looking Irish boys, this is your kind of place. Every time I've been here, the men outnumber the women by at least 3 to 1 and they were all CUTE!

    Dress Code: Casual.

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    The Plough and Stars: The Plough and Stars

    by diver-x Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    In business since 1969

    The Plough and Stars is one of the great Irish pubs with great beer, great music and great people! Music is usually blues, rockabilly or surf.

    Dress Code: Come as you are.

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