1/15/2013 03:56:00 PM

6 Boston Hot Spots for Live Music and Dining

The Beehive
Sure, there’s Wally’s for a cold one and a blues jam like no other, and there’s the TD Garden for The Boss, but where do you go when you want good eats and live music on a regular basis? We have a short list of six hot spots. Let us know if we’ve missed a favorite of yours.

The Beehive: This “sexy” “bohemian” South End club/funky art house is lauded for its eclectic nightly music - jazz, R&B, electronica, reggae, Latin - as well as its creative American fare; brunch is also a winner (617-423-0069).

The Burren: If you’re looking for the taste of the Irish, it’s here at this Somerville pub that not only serves the appropriate food, but a good dose of traditional Irish music seven nights a week, including an open mic night (Tuesdays) if you dare (617-776-6896).

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen: This stalwart neighborhood haunt in the South End remains a popular hot spot not only for its Southern-accented fare, but for the cool jazz most nights, occasional reggae and hopping Sunday jazz buffet brunches (617-536-1100).

House of Blues: Feeling a bit like some Marilyn Manson or a taste of Brit star Ellie Goulding? Then this Fenway venue is your go-to spot for the music and a bite, though the traditional American resto only opens for nights of shows and Red Sox home games (888-693-2583).

The Middle East: Local indies love this Middle Eastern dive in Central Square that developed a loyal following for its gigs as well as food that's great for a pre-show or late-night bite (617-492-9181).

The Sinclair: The latest darling on the scene is this rough-and-ready music hall in the heart of Harvard Square that spotlights national indie bands and has the rugged no-seat setup for close-to-the-stage dancing action the way the oldies (The Rat, Paradise) used to. The adjacent American restaurant gets cred from Michael Schlow, and the mostly communal dining room is open even when the music hall is not (617-547-5200).

1 comment :

  1. Naomi Kooker, who needs "good eats," when they can get "good music" 7 days a week, FOR FREE at Wally's? Eat before you go, so that you can fill up with Boston's Best Musicians and always an interesting Guest or two from out of town, like John Blackwell, Roy Haynes, Donald Harrison, Bruce Willis and so many more! Nowhere else in Boston!