Boston, Massachusetts

Ever since all that tea was dumped in the Harbor, Boston has been a great place to party. Although these days, it’s more likely that the thing getting thrown into the water is one of your buddies for saying the wrong thing to the wrong girl (Boston women can be tough – and that’s why we love them).

Boston is known for its Puritan roots – so you can rest assured that it’s resilient enough to bounce back from any damage that you and your buddies can dish out.

From avoiding fights at a Sox game to dining at a fine seafood restaurant, (that’s not a euphemism – there are great restaurants in Boston), everything you need is either a walk or a T ride away. Enjoy nightclubs, strip clubs, and even tourist highlights – the USS Constitution is a fantastic military museum and the aquarium has a shark.

Quincy Market and the Freedom Trail will give you a taste of Colonial America during the day, while your own exploits will remind you why you love freedom at night.

Love the dirty water!

Our Top Picks !

  • Boston Harbor Hotel$$$$

    70 Rowes Wharf

    Five-star unpretentious hotel on Rowes Wharf with emphasis on spa. Grab dinner and wine at Meritage, get a massage, enjoy harbor view. Short walk to South Station (train and bus).

  • Back Bay Hotel$$$

    350 Stuart St.

    Careful! This large boutique hotel in Back Bay was built in the former HQ of the Boston police. Enjoy the cozy interiors and toast your buddies in the popular Irish bar Cuffs. With 24-hour business center, good for business or pleasure.

  • Four Seasons$$$$

    200 Boylston St.

    Designed to impress, stately five-star in Beacon Hill is near main attractions. Large (272 rooms and 82 suites) with heated lap pool on top floor. Bay windows overlook city and historic Public Garden.

  • Ritz-Carlton Boston Common$$$$

    10 Avery St.

    It’s just a short strut from this formal hotel to the Financial and Theater districts. Or stay in your room and survey the 50-acre Boston Common Park below. Club Level provides enticing extras.

  • Fairmont Copley Plaza$$$

    138 St. James Ave.

    History meets style in stately corner hotel in Back Bay. Drag sophisticated pals to grand lobby or for cocktails in Oak Room. Renaissance-inspired conference space. Still stays modern with iHome docking stations.

  • Westin Boston Waterfront$$$

    425 Summer St.

    Doing business in Beantown? Perfect! Shoot back and forth from the hotel to the massive Boston Convention and Exhibition Center via skybridge. Then wind down in the indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Located alongside Boston Harbor.

  • Omni Parker House$$$

    60 School St.

    Don’t blame the Parker House just because John Wilkes Booth stayed here. USA’s oldest continuously operating hotel served actors and politicians. Now offers business amenities, history, location, and restaurant that created Boston Cream Pie.

  • W$$$

    100 Stuart St.

    When you’re encased in 28 stories of glass, there's plenty of room to survey the bustling nightlife of the Theater District below. W offers chic luxury and the modern comforts of Bliss Spa and SWEAT Fitness Center.

  • Hyatt Regency$$$

    1 Ave. de Lafayette

    Nightlife and shopping are well within reach from this location near Boston Common and the Financial District. Macy's is in the same building and Quincy Market is not far off. Buy gadgets and gear now, take a dip in the indoor pool later.

  • Mandarin Oriental$$$$

    776 Boylston St.

    Stay in Back Bay but feel like you're in the far East among the Asian-themed décor and cuisine. Building is connected to the Prudential Center for those business meetings, but the spa has a menu of holistic services for later respite.

  • The Estate $$$

    1 Boylston Place

    Located in the Alley Theatre District, the Alley's largest nightlife space features multiple levels and rooms. House DJs keep the crowds moving along with the club's dancers who shake and grind for all to see.

  • Underbar $$$

    275 Tremont St.

    UnderBar is best described as a lounge with a ridiculous sound system that adds a club feel to it. Recognized Internationally as one of the top club destinations worldwide featuring the latest electronic dance music hits and hottest DJs.

  • An Tua Nua $$

    835 Beacon St.

    An Tua Nua has all the trappings of a casual Irish pub, but its back room turns into a popular dance establishment after 10 p.m. with DJ's spinning the hits. Considered a laid-back, non-pretentious place to dance.

  • Rumor $$$

    100 Warrenton St.

    One of the city's more trendy area clubs, Rumor is located in the Theater District and plays top 40, hip-hop, house music, and dance. Attracts a good number of international patrons. Holds popular "Evolution Tuesdays" weekly dance event.

  • Gypsy $$

    116 Boylston St.

    A style-conscious club where DJs play top 40 hits, disco, '80s and hip hop. Large dance floor gets crowded after 10:30 p.m., small bar in front. Located in the Theater District, Gypsy is known by some as a place to "see and be seen."

  • Rise $$

    306 Stuart St.

    Rise is open much later than the other dance clubs in Boston (6:30 a.m.) There's no alcohol - just the buzz you get from DJ's spinning techno and house on two floors. It's exclusive; you must be a member or guest of a member to enter.

  • Felt $$

    533 Washington St.

    Sleek sign outside promises "Billiards, music, restaurant, lounge," but remember to dress to impress. Felt more than delivers, with four large dance floors and a DJ on each pumping out house, top 40, '80s, and mashups.

  • Royale $$$

    279 Tremont St.

    Live large. One of the biggest clubs in Boston, Royale has room for 1,300 people. This former opera house boasts live performances with go-go dancers and concerts in addition to its own huge wooden dance floor for patrons.

  • Venu $$$

    100 Warrington St.

    Popular international club with a sleek and upscale interior. DJs pump out every kind of dance music, from Latin to techno to hip-hop to R&B. Draws Latin/European crowd. Topend sound system and lighting for a multi-sensory experience.

  • Umbria $

    295 Franklin St.

    The top three floors of the five-story Umbria Prime steakhouse have been transformed into the nightclub, with a sophisticated selection of wines and beers and two dance floors. Strict dress code. Located in the Financial District.

  • MoooSteakhouse$$$$

    15 Beacon St.

    This legendary steakhouse located on the historic and affluent beacon hill straddles the line between classic and modern steak house offerings with and attention to detail that is insane.

  • MistralFrench, Mediterranea$$$$

    223 Columbus Ave.

    Located in Boston's stylish South End, Mistral showcases uncomplicated French cuisine, highlighted with the season's finest ingredients. Inspired by the flavors of South France.

  • MentonFrench/Italian$$$$

    354 Congress St.

    Barbara Lynch's most prestigious French restaurant yet and one of Boston's finest - with a high-price tag to match - provides a dining experience worth remembering with an inmaculate presentation and unique mix of flavors.

  • T.W. FoodFrench, New American$$$

    377 Walden St.

    One of the intimate, chef-owned restaurants that have defined Cambridge restaurants in recent years. Known for American cuisine using New England ingredients. Features unique dishes like oat pappardelle and desserts like tobacco ice cream.

  • Hamersley's BistroNew American$$$

    553 Tremont St.

    A veteran of the dining scene for over 20 years, this restaurant's reputation is staked partly on its infamous roasted chicken and casual French-inspired food with a distinctly American and decidedly upscale accent.

  • UniSushi$$$$

    370 Commonwealth Ave.

    Among many sushi spots in Boston, considered one of the best. Small and upscale; combines unique ingredients (foie gras and eel with green apple and glaze) at high-end sashimi bar. Part of owner Ken Oringer’s vast restaurant empire.

  • Neptune OysterSeafood$$$

    63 Salem St.

    Slide it into your mouth and you’ll go back again. Small and bustling and worth the wait. Great raw bar, hot or cold lobster roll, tuna carpaccio.

  • No. 9 ParkFrench$$$$

    9 Park St.

    Elaborate French and Italian dishes; cheese list rivals the wine list. Popular for special occasions and meant to impress. Your destination for Pinenut crusted skatewing or seared dayboat scallops. In a townhouse in historic Beacon Hill.

  • L'EspalierFrench$$$$

    774 Boylston St.

    High-end, well worth splurging on. Considers its cuisine “sophisticated and modern New England-French,” usually part of pairings and tasting menus. Praised for lobster and specialty cheese; in bustling Back Bay.

  • SorellinaItalian$$$$

    1 Huntington Ave.

    Generous Italian dishes, high prices, attracts movers and shakers. Chops and fish just as good as the pasta. From gnocci to grillied Colorado lamb, elaborate menu shows off unique desserts.

  • Cask'n Flagon $$

    62 Brookline Ave.

    Roomy sports bar with an outdoor patio in the Fenway section of town, serves up favorites like great burgers with special toppings and fried appetizers.

  • Four's $$

    166 Canal St.

    With 42 TV's and extensive sports decor, excellent place to watch the game. Convenient location near the Garden. Typical menu with decent burgers and apps. Make new friends at the very jovial bar area.

  • Bleacher $$

    82 Lansdowne St.

    Located in a wall of Fenway Park, it's praised for its unique views of the field (even from a window in the men's room)! Score their highly praised deli sandwiches, fried pickles, pretzel sticks, and beer. Go early to watch batting practice.

  • Alibi $$$

    215 Charles St.

    Located inside the Liberty Hotel on an old jail, Alibi is jail-themed complete with bared windows and cell gates in the decor. Pary like a criminal and go home with the loot.

  • City $$$

    61 Exeter St.

    Patrons love to linger by the neon-lit bar at this cozy, relaxed establishment in the Lenox Hotel. Known for its scrumptious specialty martinis and other diverse drinks. Located in the Back Bay area.

  • Drink $$$

    348 Congress St.

    Drink is focused on just that - the drink. Bartenders put on a show of mixing and shaking each special concoction, and will customize your tasty quaff to your tastes. Located below ground, provides a fun experience even for light drinkers.

  • Locke-Ober $$$$

    3 Winter Pl.

    This classy bar on the high price range serves up strong drinks and great food. Dates back to the 1800s as a place to get quality steaks and chops. Be mindful of the dress code.

  • Les Zygomates $$$

    129 South St.

    Cozy bar/restaurant with large wine list, live jazz band, and exposed brick walls. Described by one website as "An after-work favorite of the jet set," offers unique French American dishes like lobster crepe and pan-seared venison.

  • Bukowski Tavern $$

    1281 Cambridge St.

    A true beer lover's delight with and great lunch specials and even better beer. Modestly priced and great fun. Must try the grilled cheese!

  • Sevens Ale House $$

    77 Charles St.

    This traditional and unpretentious neighborhood pub in Beacon Hill has been in business since 1933 serving up great beer, good wine and tasty burgers.

  • Centerfolds $$$

    12 Lagrange St.

    Resoundingly praised for having hotter girls than other area strip clubs, which may make oft-criticized cover charges and high-priced beers worth it. One of only a few strip clubs in Boston proper.

  • Foxy Lady $$$

    265 N. Pearl St.

    An upscale club with mahogany interior, good food, full bar, friendly girls. Classy with style fit for a Hefner. Attracts both bachelor and bachelorette parties. Located nearby in Brockton.

  • Golden Banana $$

    151 Newbury St.

    Caters to different crowds, with massage girls, shot girls, TV's showing the big game, DJs. Considered classier than some of the nearby clubs, still casual and good for whoopin' it up.

  • Cabaret Lounge $$$

    96 Newbury St.

    Cabaret's girls offer both private dances and uniquely pleasing pole antics. While the club is considered second best to the Golden Banana down the street, Cabaret is considered a relaxing place for a beer and a lapdance.

  • Glass Slipper $$$

    22 Lagrange St.

    One of only a few bars in Boston rather than in a nearby town, there's nothing fancy about Glass Slipper. A casual place to crowd into a booth with your buddies and have a good time. Third floor VIP room for private parties.

  • Club Alex's $$$

    584 Washington St.

    A small club with hotter than average waitresses, Alex's sometimes lures adult film stars to perform. Casual place for a beer and a dollar dance. Offers four "Champagne Rooms" for private entertainment.

  • Squire Lounge $$$

    604 Squire Road

    One of the smaller strip clubs, recently underwent new management. Colorfully lit center stage and welcoming atmosphere for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Amateur night each month.

  • Paradise $

    180 Massachusetts Ave.

    Get your raunch on with a newly expanded, dimly lit dance floor in basement, gay adult films after 10 p.m., and hot male dancers. With those visuals it really is paradise – and strong, inexpensive drinks add to the scandal.

  • Club Cafe $$

    209 Columbus Ave.

    An institution and gay social center since the early ‘80s, attracts people from all over the rainbow and big crowds on weekends. Has everything from cabaret acts to dance parties to a piano bar. Convenient Back Bay venue.

  • DBar $$

    1236 Dorchester Ave.

    Who knew Dorchester could be fabulous? Worth a trip for weekly events (“Show Tune Tuesdays,” “You Be the DJ,”) and upscale martini lounge. Serves crave-worthy cocktails and comfort food. Warm, friendly place to unwind.

  • Jacque's Cabaret $

    79 Broadway

    Wig out! This classic drag bar is legendary among locals. The nightly shows are flamboyant and lure bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and hedonists. Get there early, Cinderella – it closes at midnight!

  • The Alley $

    275 Washington St.

    Feeling a little furry? The Alley has been described as the “biggest bear bar in New England” and a look at the patrons proves it. Ideal for cocktails and cruising. Don't primp; it's come as you are. Expect a hug, not a photo shoot.

  • Guerrilla Queer Bar $$


    GQB is actually a hilarious monthly activity in which a group of gay folks takes over a bar (usually a straight bar) decided the morning of the event. The element of surprise packs 'em in, straight stragglers too. A movement in many cities.

  • Eagle $

    520 Tremont St.

    A colorful, campy cruise bar that’s open late. Guaranteed to cheer you up. Try the strong, cheap drinks and call your friends the next day to hear all the stories of what happened last night.

  • Sister Sorrel $$

    645 Tremont St.

    An intimate, low-lit place to bring a first date or to meet a future first date. Tasteful, cozy décor with bar in front, booths in back. Great food served from connected restaurant next door. Good things can come in small packages.

  • Ramrod at Machine $

    1254 Boylston St.

    It’s two-part entertainment near Fenway. The leather bar upstairs has a back room where leather is mandatory on weekends – all over your body. Downstairs, Machine boasts pool tables and a large dance floor with vibrant crowd.

  • Fritz $$

    26 Chandler St.

    It’s a gay sports bar, so everyone's cheering for a tight end. Watch the Pats pat each other while grabbing one of their praised fruity drinks (cheap too!) Casual, friendly, has regulars but very welcoming to newcomers. Cruise or just watch.