Lily Pad

Inman Sq
3 out of 5 stars
Lily Pad
Photograph: Michael Young

Only for the most devout of music listeners, this Inman Square institution deserves credit for its stubborn refusal to play by other venues' rules: no stage, no drinks, and certainly no newfangled “service charges.” Just a small performance space, some metal folding chairs and an eclectic, experimental line-up. The atmosphere feels intimate and DIY, with local art adorning the walls and a table at the front door where patrons drop their $10 donations. Any given night you might find a Brazilian rocker, a punk outfit with a string quintet, or the next Beirut (who played here in 2006). Soak in the tuneage—and BYOB.


Venue name: Lily Pad
Address: 1353 Cambridge Street

Cross street: at Inman Square
Opening hours: Open times vary; see website for schedule
Transport: Red line to Central, then 15mins walk or bus 83, 91.
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