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Discover sightseeing attractions and things to do in Boston Massachusetts

With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Guide - Nightlife - Live Music

Bill's Bar

5 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215 617-421-9678

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Bill's offers live music that's in the rock and funk genre. The interior is a veritable shrine to rock legends of the past. You'll find pictures of Jimmy Hendrix, John Lennon, and Janis Joplin adorning the walls. In fact, the bathrooms are quite a conversation piece here: the men's room is dedicated to the King and features pictures and memorabilia; meanwhile, the ladies room is a shrine to Marilyn Monroe. Most nights have a theme, ranging from rock night to reggae. It gets quite loud for such a small space, so be prepared to avoid conversation with your neighbor while the bands are doing their thing.
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Cantab Lounge

738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-354-2685

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Lead performer Little Joe Cook keeps this lounge hopping while setting the pace with bluegrass and R&B favorites, like the house anthem, \"Down at the Cantab.\" Monday nights are open mic night, and Sundays are blues, jazz and rock jams. In addition, poetry readings are held downstairs in the Third Rail room.
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Common Ground

85 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 617-783-2071

Description: BRIGHTON. A staple of the nightlife scene in Allston since the 90's, this neighborhood watering hole has a little something for everyone. Featuring trivia, live reggae music, karaoke during the week, brunch and DJ dance parties on the weekend, Common Ground stays busy every night. The food is locally sourced, and menu highlights include burgers, panini, salads, fish and chips, and mac n' cheese. Over 15 beers are on tap, including several New England craft brews. Stop by on Friday night for their award winning 90's night, when DJs spin tunes from Madonna to Ice Cube.
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Good Life

28 Kingston St, Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA 02111 617-451-2622

Description: DOWNTOWN. Once a '50s-style martini bar, Good Life has been reincarnated as a sleek, European vodka lounge bent on attracting a young, sophisticated brand of clientele. All signs indicate the place has hit its mark on a formula that includes more than 130 brands of vodka, live music, DJs, iPOD parties, and revolving art collections that promote local work. If you're looking to dine, the kitchen's bistro-inspired fare includes such well conceived numbers as butternut squash ravioli and roasted Atlantic salmon.
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Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club

17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144 617-776-2004

Description: SOMERVILLE. Namesake John DeLellis, a retired police officer, opened this live music club way back in 1969. Though he's passed, his family remains dedicated to providing their loyal customers with opportunities to catch some of the city's best root musicians in an intimate, old school setting. The weekly line-up ranges from jazz to Cajun, rock to country, blues to folk, so you can always count on cool goings-on here. Sunday's jazz brunches are popular affairs, and the daily dinner menu features hot numbers like fried calamari, Southern-fried chicken, shrimp scampi and panini. Reservations are suggested on nights when big-name performers take the stage.
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Lizard Lounge

1667 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-547-0759

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Folks pack out this below-ground music club for live concerts and weekly poetry nights. The space is cozy and inviting, embellished with Oriental rugs, red lighting and bar, where patrons flock for a luscious mai tai (Bacardi, Cointreau, pineapple and orange juice), margarita or beer. Dependable eats, such as nachos with chicken or chili, sweet potato fries, burgers and sandwiches, keep hunger at bay.
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Model Café

7 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134 617-254-9365

Description: BRIGHTON. The crowd at Model is a mixed bag with a variety of neighborhood folks, trendy up and comers, and Goth types all hanging out together. Live rock music is the order of the night. The decor isn't all that snazzy (in fact, Model has actually won accolades for being the area's best dive bar), but the work of local artists does adorn the walls. Regulars prefer this place because drinks are very economical!
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Paradise Rock Club

969 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-562-8800

Description: BRIGHTON. This notable Boston club has hosted a variety of big names in its past, including Van Halen, Coldplay, Phish, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, AC / DC, Dire Straits, and the list goes on and on. If you're into alternative rock, pop, world music, and dancing, you will definitely appreciated the performers at Paradise Rock. This club features a dance floor and full bar, and next door you'll find the Paradise Lounge, a bar and restaurant featuring a full menu and decorated with the artwork of local artists.
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Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center

47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-492-7679

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Formerly known as Club 47, this Cambridge area establishment has been operating as a non-profit since 1994. The club hosts a variety of local and national artists who specialize in folk, world, and bluegrass music. The place is casual, and wine and Cambridge Brewing Company beers are served. Guests can also order non-alcoholic spritzers from the juice bar and score some eats from the in-house vegetarian pizza shop. The interior's brick walls are painted green and feature dark pink accents.
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Phoenix Landing

512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-6260

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Trying to find a place in Cambridge where you can wear jeans and a T-shirt and not get bounced from the dance floor? Head to Phoenix Landing, an Irish pub that's also one of the area's hottest weekend dance joints. Those who've discovered the place try to keep it close, because it's a rather small place with great atmosphere! Live performers and expert DJs take turns satisfying the need for tunes, and TVs keep visitors informed about the latest soccer scores.
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Plough & Stars

912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-0032

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This Cambridge pub, which has been in business since the 60s, hosts a diverse collection of regulars who enjoy Guinness on tap, along with other draft options. Bands play most nights ­ everything from Irish and bluegrass to country music ­ and crowds (often collegiate) are friendly and welcoming. TVs broadcast the latest soccer games when bands aren't playing.
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1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-661-5000

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Elegant, fashionable Regattabar, tucked away inside the Charles Hotel, features a hushed ambience and low lighting, making it a perfect place for a quiet rendezvous. A variety of local, national, and international jazz and R&B acts can be found performing throughout the week, and a full bar helps guests unwind as well.
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212 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-876-9330

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Each floor of this conveniently located jazz joint provides a different type of musical entertainment. As a result, you're sure to find something that suits your taste ­ perhaps a laid-back venue with live jazz, or maybe an electric atmosphere with lively dance music. Local and national acts both perform regularly, and Ryles also offers salsa and swing dancing on weekends. In addition, they feature brunch and dinner menus and a full bar.
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Scullers Jazz Club

400 Soldiers Field Rd, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, Boston, MA 02134 617-562-4111

Description: BRIGHTON. The widely popular Scullers Jazz Club is located in the Doubletree Suites provides live entertainment from popular jazz acts. Visitors enjoy having a drink and an appetizer while taking in one of the two nightly shows. The relaxed atmosphere provides for an enjoyable and some would say romantic evening. A full menu offers tasty cuisine, and the dining room provides a great view of the Charles river.
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T.T. the Bear's Place

10 Brookline St, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-492-2327

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Hands down one of the top places in Cambridge (Boston for that matter!) for catching live music, T.T.'s has an appeal and energy level all its own. A relaxed, yet fiercely indie vibe engulfs the space, and the crowds who gather here night to night certainly know what's good and bad when it come music (rumor has it, local acts queue up to play here). The staff itself is a source of entertainment for first-timers, and it's quite fun to watch the bartenders interact with regulars. NB If you wait until the night of the show and try to buy tix at the club, make sure you bring cash ­ they don't accept plastic.
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The Asgard

350 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-577-9100

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A study in stone and wood, this Irish pub was designed in Ireland and has become a coveted local destination for live music and a good beer selection. The Central Square establishment also boasts traditional Irish eats like shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, and bangers 'n mash. Plenty of draft and bottled beers from around the world satisfy the thirsty MIT crowd, and a full bar is available too.
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The Burren

247 Elm St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144 617-776-6896

Description: SOMERVILLE. Located in Somerville, this area Irish pub is a standing favorite with the Cambridge crowd. It delivers plenty of dark Guinness, popular weekend brunches, and all the charms-n-trappings of a traditional brogue bar. The eats are quite good, and their heartier dishes like Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash and shepherd's pie are, indeed, worthy of song. A nice mix of draught and bottled beer, wine, and cider is also available. Best of all, the Burren features live traditional Irish music every night. You'd be hard-pressed to find better ­ and 'tis free, laddie.
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The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub

472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-492-9181

Description: CAMBRIDGE. "Eclectic" barely scratches the surface when attempting to describe this live music venue's week-to-week lineup of bands, which can include everything from bare-boned rock-n-roll and alternative bands to punk and rap acts. Indeed, the club is versatile to say the least. Aside from offering live music in three distinct settings (Upstairs, the Corner and Downstairs), the club also sports a bit of avant-garde edge by affording local artists space to display their work. In addition, the three performance rooms share space with a stylish restaurant that serves incredible Middle Eastern cuisine.
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1912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-497-4950

Description: CAMBRIDGE. From blues to folk to bluegrass, live bands perform every night at this cozy neighborhood bar. So, if you're looking for a good time on the weekend or just need a spot to chill after work, join this congenial crowd for a pint of ale and the quirky lineup of musicians. On busy nights, patrons sit elbow to elbow, but you won't mind ­ there's not a stranger in the house. Helpful, efficient service.
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Top of the Hub

800 Boylston St, Prudential Center, Boston, MA 02199 617-536-1775

Description: BACK BAY. Perched atop the Prudential Tower, this restaurant/lounge offers great nightlife. Come after work to enjoy a drink and a fine meal in elegant surroundings, complete with expert service, linen-covered tables, and the best views in the city. Strains of jazz music provide an excellent backdrop to the lovely scene. The dining room also offers an outstanding Sunday brunch.
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