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 that usually includes multiple generations of music enthusiasts. The drinks are strong and reasonably priced. Nightly live music includes sets of blues, jazz, and/or funk. No matter the day of the week, it's invariably jazzy, often inventive and always without a cover charge.
The South End’s two parallel arteries, Tremont and Washington Streets, are at the center of the area’s thriving food and drink scenes. It also has a rich cache of culture, taking in the likes of the Boston Center for the Arts and the domed structure of the Boston Ballet headquarters. In recent years the area south of Washington Street, known as SoWa, has exploded with showrooms and studios—notably, the converted warehouse at 450 Harrison Avenue, which houses myriad artists’ studios and exhibition spaces. Small shops, selling everything from kids’ gear and pet accoutrements to fashion and chic home accessories, are dotted throughout the neighborhood. Once you’ve had your fill of the South End, find more to do by checking out our guides to the best restaurants in Boston, best live music in Boston, and best museums in Boston.
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