Top 22 Boston Music Venues in Massachusetts and Where To Eat

Well this ain't Nashville, honey, but Boston has got some incredible spots to enjoy some tunes. If you're like us, your ears love hearing someone tickle those sweet ivories and live music is your jam from small to large venues. Well, we've done our research for you -- over decades, we've enjoyed so many spots, and here are some that we recommend for you.
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Looking for a concert in Boston tonight? We have been to so many Boston music venues that we wanted to showcase our top memories for concerts in Massachusetts.

Our Favorite Music Venues in Boston and Greater Massachusetts (in no order):

 

1

Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA

  • Favorite show memory: Session Americana
  • Where to eat: Upstairs at Cambridge Common, afterwards ice cream at Honeycomb Creamery across the street

 

2

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA

  • Favorite show memory: Maroon 5, Bare Naked Ladies, Train
  • Where to eat: We love the pizza @ Salvatore’s Seaport

 

3

The Middle East
Central Square, Cambridge

Visit this hot spot on our Central Square Food & Mural Arts Tour. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a special back stage tour.

  • Favorite show memory: I can’t remember, it was 1am
  • Where to eat: ​The Middle East, Little Donkey

 

4

Symphony Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

We are frequent BSO and Boston Pops listeners. Enjoy some delicious Ethiopian food across the street at Lucy Ethiopian Cafe beforehand — it’s divine!

  • Favorite show memory: New Years Eve at the Boston Pops
  • Where to eat: Lucy’s Ethiopian Cafe across the street

 

5

Berklee Performance Center
Boston, Massachusetts

The nearby Red Room @ Cafe 939 is a sister venue and oh-so-fun!

  • Favorite show memory: A tribute show to Bruno Mars
  • Where to eat: Pad Thai Cafe on Hemenway

 

6

Club Passim
Harvard Square, Cambridge

We visit here on our Sunday morning Harvard Square Food Tour — they have a killer brunch with music every Sunday!

  • Favorite show memory: The (now defunct) Stray Birds
  • Where to eat: Dine around Harvard Square at places like Benedetto or Grendel’s Den

 

7

City Winery
Boston, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Matisyahu or David Broza
  • Where to eat: ​The North End! Check out our North End recs

 

8

Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Ed Sheeran (and Country Fest in our younger days!)
  • Where to eat: It takes forever to get in, so we suggest eating at the stadium! Although nearby Dedham, Massachusetts has some incredible eats!

 

9

The Gah-den
Bahstahn, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: U2
  • Where to eat: The North End! Check out our North End recs

 

10

The Backyard
(private home in Brighton, Massachusetts)

  • Favorite show memory: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
  • Where to eat: It’s a potluck, bring delicious gourmet eats!

 

11

The Lilypad
Inman Square, Cambridge

  • Favorite show memory: The Western Den
  • Where to eat: City Girl Cafe! (love their lasagna)

 

12

The House of Blues
Fenway Park, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: 311 or Erasure
  • Where to eat: we have a new Fenway Park Food Tour! Lots of amazing options in this area including Fenway and Kenmore Square.

 

13

Once Somerville
Somerville, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Local Somerville big-band ala Honk! Festival vibes
  • Where to eat: Sarma or Highland Kitchen

 

14

Paradise Rock Club
Boston, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Sister Hazel or Matisyahu
  • Where to eat: Life Alive or Love Art Udon

 

15

Loretta’s Last Call
Fenway Park, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: good ole’ Honky-Tonk!
  • Where to eat: Make it a country nite @ Sweet Cheeks BBQ

 

16

Atwood’s Tavern
Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: winning BINGO at their bingo brunch
  • Where to eat: Atwood’s has yummy food

 

17

Toad
Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: up-and-coming country talent
  • Where to eat: Christopher’s

 

18

The Burren
Somerville, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Japanese klezmer or the Dirty Dotties
  • Where to eat: At the Burren! They have delicious Irish pub fare including yummy beef stew if you’re into that kind of thing mmmm!

 

19

The Somerville Theater
Somerville, Massachusetts

  • Favorite show memory: Pink Martini
  • Where to eat: You’ll discover all kinds of eats on our Davis Square Somerville Food Tour, but we highly recommend places like Dazken, Opa Greek Yeeros, Rosebud, Spoke Wine Bar, Genki Ya, Snappy Kitchen, Flatbread (also has live music), Sugidama

 

20

The Hearing Room and Warp and Weft
Lowell, Massachusetts

  • We have an awesome Lowell Food Tour, and we discovered these cool venues on our way up north.

 

21

Cantab Lounge
Central Square, Cambridge

  • Favorite show memory:Bluegrass Tuesdays
  • Where to eat:check out the Tavern 730 or Asmara

 

22

Midway Cafe
Jamaica Plain, Boston

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we’ll keep adding to it as we try new venues!


Check out our Boston Neighborhood Food Tours and Chocolate Tours which run every weekend year-round. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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