B-Side Lounge: Drinks and Vinyl
The B_Side Lounge is a bit out of the way, but worth it. Great drinks, great food, and great atmosphere. The menu looks like typical bar fare and a bit overpriced, but the food is actually the best bar food I've ever had--unexpectedly good. The B-Side only plays vinyl, and has a huge good collection.
Lizard Lounge: Great music, easy style
This is the basement lounge of a good local retaurant (Cambridge Commons). The bands play in the middle of the space, so it's intimate, and some of the best bands and musicians in Boston are regulars. A well-stocked bar and a variety of beers on tap, and you can order food from upstairs, from sweet potato fries to a full meal.
Tommy Doyle's: Irish Pub and local hangout
This Irish Pub (with REAL LIVE Irish men for bartenders), serves up decent food, but that's not why you should come here. It's a cool place because the service is good and the atmosphere feels very neighborhoody (I think I made up a new word) and fun with people who know each other running into more people who know each other. Before long, you'll be knowing everyone too.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Rocky Horror in Harvard Square
The cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show is shown at the Loews Theater in Harvard Square in Cambridge. The flim is accompanied by a live performance.
The first US live performance of the Rocky Horror Show play took place here, while the film itself found a home at the theater in 1984, after it's old home, the Exeter St. Theatre, closed.
I first went to RHPS in the mid 80's. The audience was wild! Back then EVERYONE participated and the theater allowed the use of "props" for example throwing rice during wedding scene and using water guns during rain scene. Over the past 10 years or so, participation has gone way down. The audience is pretty quiet and throwing props is only allowed on Halloween. Rules may have changed as I haven't been in about 2 years. RHPS is still a fun experience in Harvard Square, but it's glory days are over.
Saturdays at Midnight
Dress Code: This is one place where you can wear whatever you want without fear of judgement...
You can dress up as your favorite Rocky character
You can show up in fishnet stockings
You can wear a condom on your head
Be creative or not. Nobody here cares.
Come as you are!
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The Toad...: The Toad...
Despite being one of the smallest bars in Cambridge it amazes me that the Toad still manages to squeeze in bands for live music. The place fills up quickly and it’s standing room only, shoulder to shoulder with the Cambridge college crowd. And to top it off, the Toad is open slightly later than most bars in Cambridge, so, it gets that extra surge of desperate people in their “last ditch effort search” to find a drink before last call. In fact, my first Toad experience was one such night…
We had been binge drinking at the Kirkland in the far groovier neighborhood of Somerville for the better part of five or six hours and blew through the 1am last call like the Strange Men blow through hair spray. And I think it was Stegs that called for one last round. I don’t know why another drink always sounds like the right thing to do when you’ve had too much…but hailing a cab we piled in and headed to Porter Square, Stegs claiming to know of another bar that serves until 2am… For some reason, she knows these things and we ended up at the Toad…we even found a table!!!
More beer was obtained as the Toad called out their last call and a full pint found its way into my hands…and that’s when things started to head south!!! The Toad was so packed with people, it was hot, the band was playing, the room was spinning and all the people standing around us seemed to be giants…it made me feel shorter than I actually am. I rarely feel claustrophobic, but it hit me like a ton of bricks this night… I had to get out of there, I needed air, I needed space, but mostly I just needed to pass out….so, with no explanation I stood up and ran out of the Toad, leaving my friends behind in total bewilderment.
Lucky for me I only lived about five minutes from the Toad and Porter Square at the time. As I stumbled back to my swank Somerville flat, there was an incident with a tree that I don’t really remember, and, well, perhaps I should spare myself the embarrassment of the “full” story….
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The Middle East: the hot spot in Central Square
The Middle East is both a restaurant (ground floor) and nightclub (downstairs, and upstairs). Located in Central Square, the restaurant features Middle Eastern cuisine...good and reasonably priced, sometimes with a small cover for the live acts (bellydancing, amongst other things). The last time I was downstairs, it was to see an act by the name of "Dirty Three" with M.
Dress Code: Casual...don't over-dress, you won't blend in.
The Middle East: Dancing on the tables
The Middle East is a Cambridge legend - an alternative music club (let's be honest: if you're not hip to what's happening on the music scene, you won't have heard of 90% of the bands on the calendar) and restaurant that specialises in, well, fare from the Middle East. They first opened their kitchen doors way back in 1970, and the music followed in 1975.
Don't worry too much about who's playing: just tell yourself that it you're very cool, and it will all be okay!
The food, by the way, is fabulous: the dishes are mostly Lebanese, and there are many bean dishes. We love Maklouta, and the pumpkin kibby is excellent, too. It's all very fresh, and very funky.
Dress Code: Relaxed, pleased, relaxed, although some of the patrons of ZuZu, the classier restaurant in the Middle East 'complex' do the all-in-black Eurotrash thing.
The Cambridge Common: The Cambridge Common
This is O'Shea's favorite bar in Cambridge...many a night did that drunken Irish Rebel rouser lure me out for beers at the Common...
And I was all too eager to go for the Common is great place to drink with a fine selection of beers on tap....then there's the cute waitresses...and the food, great burgers....and the cute waitresses...i guess i already mentioned them....the Common was such a great down-to-earth place it ought to be located in Somerville...
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The Harvard Box Office
...offers films, concerts -- singing and instrumental music, and theatre productions. At the Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall.
Tickets available online or at the Office for the Arts at Harvard: Holyoke Center Arcade, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.
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Shay's: Shay's is my favorite pub in Cambridge...
Shay's is my favorite pub in Cambridge. Shay's is small English style pub that is slightly 'sunken' into a small upward sloping sidewalk near Harvard Square. The outdoor patio, which sits between the sidewalk and the building, is almost as big as the inside area and is great for watching the world go by.
Drinking pints while sitting on the 'sunken' outdoor patio at Shay's makes me feel like I am back in college at Ball State skipping classes to drink with friends at Muglys. Whether it's a rainy spring day, a warm summer afternoon or cool fall evening; it just feels comfortable there so drop by for a pint (or two)...
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I haven't been here after work...
I haven't been here after work for the nightlife. But being so close to Boston, I'm sure there are lots of nightlife happenings going on and you could find them listed on the VT pages of others who have been here.
Here's a picture of where Boston meets Cambridge at the Longfellow bridge. If you can't find something happening in Cambridge, there's something going on in Boston!
THE CELLAR (Between Harvard...
THE CELLAR (Between Harvard and Central Square)(991 Mass Ave.) This is a bar with a good selection of beer on tap. Part of it is actually located in a cellar (not a very deep one, though) with stone walls. It is not too exciting on week nights, but on Friday nights there is an interesting mix of locals, students and a nice international crowd.
This is Harvard Yard. During...
This is Harvard Yard. During the summer nights, believe or not but a lot of people would be partying and drinking here. I think for a lot of students, it was their first time away from home and they'd live it up.
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