Cambridge drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Cambridge

Café Pamplona

Located in a snug cellar on a backstreet, this no-frills European cafe is the top choice among old-time Cantabrigians. In addition to tea and coffee, Pamplona serves up snacks such as soup, sandwiches and biscotti. …
Top Choice Brewery in Cambridge

Lamplighter Brewing Co

This East Cambridge brewery and taproom is a favorite Boston hangout. In addition to the flights and pints of frothy goodness, there are free beer snacks and board games, plus a front-row view of the beer-brewing pr…
Bar in Cambridge

A4cade

Slipping through a barely marked door inside Roxy's Grilled Cheese, you know it's gonna be good. And it is… This retro bar will whisk you back to 1980 with pinball, Pacman and other old-timey arcade games. They're m…
Brewery in Cambridge

Aeronaut Brewing Co

Aeronaut Brewery is a bold experiment in beer, founded by a couple of MIT grads with a passion for local ingredients and scientific methods. Down a dark alley and tucked inside a courtyard, the hidden facility is us…
Cafe in Cambridge

LA Burdick

This boutique chocolatier doubles as a cafe, usually packed full of happy patrons drinking hot cocoa. Whether you choose dark or milk, it’s sure to be some of the best chocolate you’ll drink in your lifetime. There …
Club in Cambridge

Havana Club

Five nights a week, this old social club on a backstreet in Central Sq transforms into the Boston area's most happening salsa and bachata dance party. It's an international crowd – not just Latino – and the first ho…
Cocktail Bar in Cambridge

Café ArtScience

Before David Edwards was a restaurateur, he was a Harvard professor and an inventor, dreaming up novelties such as Wikipearl (edible food wrapper) and oPhone (an aroma gadget). Now he's channeling his energies into …
Cocktail Bar in Cambridge

Green Street

Gritty on the outside, cozy on the inside, Green Street is a long-standing neighborhood joint that still manages to be thoroughly up-to-date – thanks in part to bartenders in flannel and killer cocktails. The urban …
Pub in Cambridge

Shays Pub & Wine Bar

A charming basement-level bar, Shays is an enduring favorite among Harvard students – definitely more 'pub' and less 'wine bar.' Inside, it’s an intimate space that's often crammed with friendly folks noshing on exc…
Irish Pub in Cambridge

Plough & Stars

The Plough & Stars is real-deal Irish, serving up bangers, eggs and gastropub fare in a cozy wooden room with stout on tap and in bottles. Weekend soccer matches are on the telly and stringed bands play Irish tu…