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Have A Blast After Dark: 8 Best Things Do At Night In Boston, MA

Updated Sep 13, 2018

Boston is a historic city well known for its culture and museums, but there are also interesting things to do in the evening. Walk around the city for spectacular night views or enjoy all different types of performances offered such as comedy, music, and theater. If you want to stay up late, head to the restaurants that are open late for a foodie adventure. Here are the best options for things to do in Boston at night.

1. Boston Common & Public Gardens

The Boston Common, one of the oldest public spaces in the nation, has a skating rink in winter. It was created in 1634 and consists of 50 acres (20.2 hectares). It’s part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston. It was once owned by William Blaxton, the first European settler in Boston. The Commons were also used as a British Camp during the Revolutionary War. The Boston Common and Public Gardens, which is next to the Commons, are both listed on the National Landmark Registry. The garden, located in downtown Boston, became the first public botanical garden in 1837 and has a lagoon, ponds, and swan boats (only run from April to September). You can enjoy watching a graceful pair of swans during spring and summer, and if you visit in May, you may just see the parade that welcomes the pair back to the garden.

The Public Gardens is home to 80 species of plants and flowers planted twice each year, and around 750 varieties of trees and shrubs. There are also street performers in the area to watch. Monuments are on the Arlington Street-side of the park, providing a bit of history. Beacon Hill borders the park. The bronze statue “Make Way for The Ducklings,” from a popular children’s book by Robert McCloskey, is located in the park.

Boston Public Gardens

Address: 4 Charles St, Boston

Price: free

Opening Hours: 7 am to 9 pm

Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

Access: Red/Green Line to Park Street Station or Blue Line Bus

Contact: 617 723-8144

Near by Food: The Paramount, Earl of Sandwich

Website: Boston Public Gardens

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Late night foodie trail:

2. Bova Bakery

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During the day you can tour the historic Freedom Trail, but at night, there’s the foodie trail. Many restaurants in Boston are open late at night, making eating out a perfect activity for your vacation if you can’t sleep. Start with a sweet treat at Bova Bakery, a family-owned business near Paul Revere’s House. They carry a variety of baked goods.

Bova Bakery

Address: 134 Salem St Boston

Price: under 20 USD

Opening Hours: 24 hrs every day

Duration 10 min

Access: Orange Line at Haymarket

Contact:617 523 5601

Website: Bova Bakery

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3. Barracuda Tavern and Max Brenner

The next stop is Barracuda Tavern near Boston Commons for dinner. The final stop is for dessert. Max Brenner in Back Bay has a chocolate bar and restaurant that specializes in desserts such as sugar crepes and chocolate flavored waffles.

Barracuda Tavern

Address: 15 Bosworth St Boston

Price: 5 USD and up

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 11 am to 2 am, Sat and Sun 10:30 to 2 am

Duration: 30 to 60 min

Access: Green Line at Park St Stop

Contact: 617 482 0301

Website: Barracuda Tavern

Max Brenners

Address: 745 Boylston St Boston

Price:6-20 USD

Opening Hours: M to TH 10 am to 10 pm, Fri 10 am to 1 am, Sat 9am to 1 am, Sun 9 am to 10 pm

Duration: 1 hr

Access: Green Line Copely

Contact: (617) 274 1741

Website: Max Brenners

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Be entertained by performances:

4. House of Blues

Source: Wikipedia

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If you are a music lover, then House of Blues is the place to be, it has a restaurant and bar inside and has concerts most nights of the week. They also have a VIP room. The House of Blues as been in Boston for 25 years. The first House of Blues opened in Cambridge, MA in 1992; it’s dedicated to educating and celebrating the history of Southern culture and African American artistic contributions to art and music.

House of Blues

Address: 15 Landsdowne St Boston

Price: 30 USD UP

Opening Hours: 3 pm to 2 am

Duration: 2 hrs plus

Access: Green Line at Kenmore

Contact: 1 888 693 2583

Website: House of Blues

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Have a laugh:

5. Improv Asylum

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If you want laughs, then head to Improv Asylum, an improvisational theater in the north end. They have shows Tuesday to Friday and on the weekends. Performances consist of improv students, main stage actors, and sometimes a surprise guest star. It’s a blend of sketch comedy and improvised scenes. Do be sure to check the descriptions before you go because the material is not always G-rated.

Improv Asylum

Address: 216 Hanover Street, Boston

Price: 15 to 30 USD

Opening Hours: Mon 2 pm to 10 pm; Tues, Thurs, Wed, and Sun 12 pm to 10 pm, Fri and Sat 12 pm to 1 am

Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

Access: Validate Parking Parcel 7 garage, Green Line to Haymarket Station

Contact: 617 263 NUTS

Near by Food: Dolce Vita, Mare Oyster Bar

Website: Improv Asylum

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6. Mystery Cafe

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If you want to watch a theater performance, head to Mystery Cafe for a Mystery Dinner, which features a variety of shows that’s sure to be a hit. Packages include drinks and a three course dinner with a performance. The performance runs at two restaurants and include four separate scenes and are around two hours. The audience gets to help figure out who committed the crime with the help of a clue packet with fake bribe money to give the actors for clues.

Mystery Cafe

Address: 161 Devonshire St Boston

Price: 55 USD

Opening Hours: 7:30 pm to 10 pm

Duration: 2 ½ hrs

Access: Orange Line to Haymarket

Contact: 617 426 1999

Near by Food: dinner included with performance

Website: Mystery Cafe

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7. Eat and play at Jillian's Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge is a place to have some fun with friends and you can eat there too. The place is clean and if there’s a queue, there are games like pool you can play while you wait. Like any bowling alley, the staff are friendly, the fun stakes are high and the food is reasonable, even offering fruit for dieters.

If you take your own shoes, it’s cheaper than hiring. The place starts heaving in the evening after a game at Fenway Park. If you didn’t make the game, there’s plenty of sports on TVs on both floors.

Jillian's Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

Address: 145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215-3539

Website: Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

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8. Take a ghost tour and learn about Boston's dark history (from USD 16)

The Evening Ghost Tour of Boston takes about 90 minutes. The tour will take you to places you maybe never went to before. Boston has a haunted history, what with the Boston Strangler and Boston Massacre.

You start the ghostly journey opposite the Bank Of America and walk the haunted streets, stopping as your guide shows and tells. They even boast some “paranormal” photographs have been taken, so take along your camera - you may get lucky.

The number of famous deaths and ghost stories will astound you. Your guides are knowledgeable and the evening is entertaining

Evening Ghost Tour of Boston

Duration 90 minutes

Rating 0/5

Number of Reviews

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Have fun in Boston

Boston has something to offer visitors in the daytime and evening. Make your visit to Boston memorable and don’t be afraid to stay up late. It doesn’t matter where you come from or your age, just enjoy every minute with these best things to do at night.

This article was originally published on May 19, 2017

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