This delightfully dive-y Central Square haunt offers everything from bring-your-ax blues jams (Sundays/Wednesdays) to singer-songwriter open mics (Mondays). There are a couple undisputed stars: on Tuesday nights, some of the best fiddlers and banjo-pickers this side of the Mississippi trade licks while host Geoff Bartley sends around a donation hat (More recreational bluegrass players can sharpen their skills together downstairs). On Thursday evenings, a bevy of unbridled grad students dance their cares away to the Chicken Slacks’ mix of Motown covers and funky originals. A well-stocked jukebox fills in during quieter moments at the bar, which draws a diverse clientele ranging from twentysomethings to grizzled barflies. The one Cantab constant throughout is high-quality musicianship and an undeniably unpretentious vibe.
|Venue name:||The Cantab Lounge||Contact:|
738 Massachusetts Ave
|Cross street:||at Pleasant St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 8om-1am; Thu–Sat 8am–2am, Sun noon–1am|
|Transport:||Red line to Central|