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For sheer history and ambience there's no beating Wally's. Since 1947, this unassuming South End spot has been the premier showcase for Boston jazz talent, including plenty of students from Berklee, the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. The crowd is a colorblind mix of post-grads, South End yuppies and be-bop-diggin' septuagenarians. The drinks are strong and reasonably priced. Musical highlights include blues on Mondays, funk/fusion on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Afro-Cuban jazz on Thursdays. No matter the day of the week, it's invariably jazzy, often inventive and always free. 


Venue name: Wally's
Address: 427 Massachusetts Avenue

Cross street: at Columbus Avenue
Opening hours: 11am-2am Mon-Sat; noon-2am Sun
Transport: Orange line to Mass Ave
Price: Admission free
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