Middlesex Lounge

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Central Square

Though the DJs spin the best vintage hip-hop, classic electro and underground dance, and while the clientele has been known to kick off their shoes and fill the floor, Middlesex is still more of a lounge than a full-blown nightclub. The room is filled with little metal benches on wheels that can be artfully arranged to accommodate even the most disorganised of parties, enabling the space to transform to suit laidback hipster hangouts, MIT tech nerd power lunches or downtown hip hop heads that form the sidewalk queue each weekend night.

Venue name: Middlesex Lounge
Address: 315 Massachusetts Avenue

Cross street: at State Street
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm, 5pm-1am Mon-Wed, Sun; 11.30am-2pm, 5pm-2am Thur-Sat
Transport: Red line to Central