Boston has got plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs hosting live music several nights a week. Whether you’re looking to sip on a fancy gin drink while seated at a dimly lit jazz club or eat tapas while taking in a live flamenco performance, Boston’s live music scene can accommodate you. Here are some of the best spots for live music Boston and the surrounding area has to offer. (Note: This map focuses on restaurants that offer music for free or relatively cheap cover charges. Venues that are solely bars or larger spots with ticketed shows are not included.)Read More
13 Boston-Area Restaurants With Live Music
From jazz to flamenco to mariachi, the city offers something for every musical taste
Head to the Burren for a Guinness — and/or a Guinness beef stew — and you’re bound to hear anything from swing jazz to traditional Irish music. The music in the front room is free, while the music in the back room is ticketed. On the other side of the river? The Burren team opened another venue, the Bebop, near Berklee in mid-2017.
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El Potro Mexican Grill
The food and the margaritas are worth a trip alone, but the best part about El Potro is the mariachi band. Currently playing on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at El Potro’s Chelsea location.
The musical stylings that can be heard in the Lizard Lounge are all over the map. Reggae? Check. Jazz. Yup. Jam bands? You got it. Witch pop? Why, yes. Also, order the tots.
Lily P's Fried Chicken and Oysters
At Lily P’s, start with the oysters — fried, roasted, or raw — then move on to the fried chicken sandwiches and buttermilk biscuits. Come on Tuesday night to catch live bluegrass bands, which perform weekly starting at 7 p.m. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for weekend shows, too.
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The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
Events in the Middle East’s downstairs venue can get expensive, but music lovers can catch shows on the Corner, in Zuzu, and Upstairs on the cheap. Tallboys are also cheap. Order the hummus and some grape leaves.
Lucky’s was cool before people started thinking Fort Point was cool. Catch a show while snacking on reliable, laid-back dishes of pizzas, nachos, fish and chips, and empanadas.
Loretta's Last Call
Loretta’s bills itself as Boston’s original country venue. In other words, if you’re looking for a night of line dancing and Southern food like fried pickles, hushpuppies, and hot fried chicken, look no further. There’s live country music most every night of the week; check the schedule for who’s up next before you go.
Few better spots for jazz and blues in Boston. The drinks at the Beehive are also exceptional, and the decor conjures jazz clubs from the first half of the 20th century.
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
Owned by Nia Grace — who is also working on a brand new restaurant and live music venue in the Seaport — this South End favorite is the spot for soul food and live jazz.
Slade’s Bar & Grill
Catch live music and DJ sets on most nights at Boston institution Slade’s. No night is complete without an order of the restaurant’s famous fried chicken wings.
Catch the Sinatra show in Capo’s downstairs Supper Club every Sunday night (yes, this is real), or head there other nights of the week for rotating musical acts — including, as of February, Taylor Swift Tuesdays.
Eat some haggis, drink up from Boston’s most comprehensive Scotch list, and listen to many musical acts at the Haven.
Head to beloved JP restaurant and record store Tres Gatos on the first Wednesday of every month for a live Spanish flamenco performance at 9 p.m., and keep up with the restaurant on Instagram for other live music acts throughout the month.