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© Michael Young

This Porter Square hole-in-the-wall is one of the few remaining cover-free spots in the city. There's a lot of good roots/Americana, though the joint isn't above booking a solid Beatles tribute band or a well-honed soul singer. Barely the size of a studio apartment, Toad gets packed easily, so expect to rub elbows with complete strangers. Fortunately, this place self-selects for a certain brand of open-minded musicophile, so mingling with this amiable bunch is usually a pleasure—and when it's not, the bands should be enough to hold your attention.

Venue name: Toad
Address: 1912 Massachusetts Avenue

Cross street: at Porter Square
Opening hours: 5pm-1am Mon-Wed; 5pm-2am Thur-Sat; 6pm-1am Sun
Transport: Red line to Porter
Price: Admission free
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