Boston is rich in two main things, history and culture. Because of each of those things, the city features an incredible array of music venues. An excellent city to visit for those who live, breathe, and dream music, each music venue in Boston is distinctly different. Whichever type of music you prefer, there’s a concert venue that specializes in it. Being in such close proximity to New York City, Boston becomes a stop on every major performance tour. No matter which part of the year you choose to visit, you’re almost guaranteed a good show or two will be in town.
Venues in Boston
To give you a more detailed idea of Boston’s concert venue offerings, here’s a quick list of some of our favorites.
1. House of Blues
The House of Blues is technically a chain, with concert venues across the nation, yet that doesn’t take away from its popularity. It helps that the House of Blues can be relied upon to feature well-known performers from all genres consistently. Just across the street from Fenway Park, and steps away from the iconic Back Bay, the House of Blues is ideally situated in the heart of the city. This is a great for a friends night out, date night, or even just grooving to your favorite band, solo.
2. Brighton Music Hall
Located in one of the more hipster parts of town, Brighton Music Hall is a great venue featuring an array of music genres from rock to country. It’s within walking distance to plenty of restaurants and bars for before show bites and post-show drinks.
3. Great Scott
Located in a part of Boston called Allston, which has a bit of a grungy reputation to it, Great Scott is a rad venue where big names such as MGMT gigged before global stardom. It’s an intimate club with no backstage, giving music fans a chance to, possibly, meet the performers. The lineup typically features rock, electronica, folk, and occasionally country.
4. The Sinclair
Located in Cambridge, just next to Boston, The Sinclair is one of the area’s youngest music venues but by far one of the best. The music is fantastic, but perhaps the most important reason to try The Sinclair is the cleverly crafted cocktails. The performances are as varied as the cocktails, with everything from folk to emo. No need to go elsewhere for food, it has an attached gastropub that features a surprisingly sophisticated menu. Parking is scarce; we recommend taking a cab or using the T.
5. Paradise Rock Club
One of our absolute favorites, the Paradise Rock Club generally features well-known local bands only. Every now and again there will be a showcase of up-and-coming artists recently signed onto major labels. Around the venue, local artwork is on display. As far as eating goes, there are some appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, but nothing fancy. For anyone looking to experience a local-haunt, this is it!
6. The Middle East
Known as one of the leading rock clubs in the U.S., The Middle East is a sprawling venue featuring four performance areas as well as a Middle Eastern restaurant. The downstairs portion is the most charming, having formerly been a bowling alley. Oh, and did we mention there are often belly dancers performing as well? It’s truly a one-of-a-kind venue and one that you will fall in love with.
7. The Royale
One of the more elegant venues in the city, the Royale features a marble foyer, excellent sound, a grand stage, entrancing light, and bustier-clad bartenders. On many weekends the venue is more of a club than a live music venue, featuring DJs spinning house and dance music. Weeknights at the Royale bring in a diverse array of indie, rock, pop, and hip-hop performances.
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There you have it, a delightful array of music venues featuring anything you can imagine! Whether you want to put on your fanciest attire or go for the grunge, there’s a venue for you. Each venue is in a slightly different part of town, and if you’d like to remain central to all of them, we recommend a stay in Boston’s iconic Back Bay. Within the Back Bay, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more chic, historical, and luxurious hotel than Copley Square Hotel. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you soon!