What is the best Boston nightlife?

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Boston might not be known for its nightlife (it’s an early to bed, early to rise Puritanical kind of place, after all), but there is still fun after dark. Most action seekers head to the South End, where the clubby, trendy 28 Degrees serves up creative cocktails (including a signature frozen bellini) and the buzzing Beehive is the watering hole of choice for neighborhood hipsters. Cambridge’s Central Square also has several venues that stay open late, from the stylishly spare Middlesex Lounge with its nightly DJ performances to the actually tiny Enormous Room and its loungy, Moroccan-style seating arrangements and meze platters. Nearby is the Middlesex’s sister bar, the nerd-chic pub Miracle of Science, influenced of course, by nearby MIT. Order snacks like satays or chips and salsa from a menu fashioned after a periodic table and sip local brews such as Tremont Ale (that’s “treh-mont” if you want to sound like a local).

You may have sipped a gin and tonic in the Back Bay, but everyone who’s anyone is doing it at Mandarin Oriental, Boston’s stylish and sleek M Bar & Lounge. Other weekend favorites for those who prefer a more sophisticated environment include Alibi, a dimly lit lounge housed in what was once the “drunk tank” of the historic Charles Street Jail (now The Liberty Hotel), and Woodward, an inviting, sexy lounge and restaurant housed in Ames Hotel, where cocktails such as the Boston Mule (vodka, gingerbeer and spearmint) are crafted by hand.

Boston’s South End, located just minutes from the hotel, has become a center of lively restaurants, wine bars, music and dancing venues. On any night of the week travelers will find the restaurants buzzing with people enjoying the lively food, drink and ambience. The Beehive on Tremont Street is well known as a hot spot for live music nightly.

Jonathan Nicholson

For the best Boston nightlife, visit The Beehive, Liberty Wharf and Cure.

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Drink for cocktails, I love. 

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