Don't wait till late night to begin your partying. Head over to District where hosts Al Sheeler & James Farias are putting on the ulitmate day party. Grab a seat on a white leather banquette to sip some cocktails or dance to the beats of DJ Dirty Dek with Eric on the sax. Your Saturdays just got 4 hours longer with THE DAY PARTY.
Head over to Venu Nightclub tonight for the ultra exclusive FLOORPLAY party, hosted by Al Sheeler and James Farias. DJ Tamer Malki will be spinning house music for your dancing pleasure. The crowd will be exclusive and international so make sure to dress up. The party will be held in The New Room of Venu Nightclub. Warning: This party will be filled with debauchery!
Once a month, an elite group of gender-bending, burlesque-dancing and occasionally high-flying performers takes the stage at Oberon for TraniWreck, an attitude-heavy cabaret variety show starring Host and MC Heywood Wakefield, Johnny Blazes, Madge of Honor, Katya and others.
This Thursday, TraniWreck--or, this month only, "TraniWrock"--features a rare special performance by indie rock band Come. The show also boasts poetry from The Haiku King, aerial performance from Rachel Stewart, and much more.
DJ Chris Ewen leads an "as late as they'll let us stay" dance party after the stage show.
April Fools’ Day is for sissies--the hardcore jokester needs a heck of a lot more time to clown around. That’s why we’re reminding you that April is National Humor Month, which means there’s no reason to stop LOL-ing after just one day. Sure, nothing quite compares to the adrenaline (and seratonin and dopamine) rush of 24 straight hours of whoopie cushions and fake pregnancy announcements, but to ease the chuckle-withdrawal you’ve been feeling for almost a week, we put together this special list of some of the best comedy spots in town.
Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault
With a main location beneath Remington’s restaurant, and decor befitting the bank it once was, Dick’s has a very private feel--especially since it seldom draws a huge crowd. Think of this as a plus: comedy clubs are notorious for tight seating, but here you’ll have all the space you need. With casual atmosphere and shows for $15-20, it’s a great way to check out some local talent without getting your toes stepped on. Dane Cook had a weekly show here back in the 90s. Dick’s is an 18+ venue, with food and drinks available.
Comedy Connection @ Wilbur Theatre
Big names like Norm MacDonald, Kathy Griffin, Larry King have been known to stop by as part of Wilbur Theatre’s ongoing comedy series. Ticket prices vary tremendously, and are seldom cheap, but you know you’re paying for guaranteed laughs and serious talent. There’s no age minimum here, so if you’re playing wealthy sugar daddy to a 15-year old girl, here is the place to take her. Actually, on second thought, take her home to her parents, you creepy old bastard.
This North End Improv performance and training center has a massive range of shows, including, but not limited to: “You’re a good man, Scott Brown,” which the venue describes as “a musical reinterpretation of the events that led to the Massachusetts Republican's landmark January upset”; a regular Main Stage Show along the lines of SNL or Whose Line Is It Anyway?; an after-midnight, adults only show called “Raunch” and even shows by Improv-ers-in-training for as little as $5. Most performances are recommended for 17+, and Tickets run from $5-20, with some student discounts available.
Like the Asylum, Improv Boston has a huge range of options, but its offerings are decidedly more unusual. Highlights include “The Naked Comedy Showcase,” which is exactly what it sounds like, and “Mosaic,” a thought-provoking, evolving performance that tackles current events with games, puppetry and more. There’s no minimum age, but shows after 10pm are recommended for 13+. Beer, wine, snacks and soda are available. Tickets typically run from $5-10.
The Comedy Studio
Located on the third floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant, in Harvard Square, The Comedy Studio brings in a mix of local acts and well-known comics looking to test out their new material. There’s a rotating list of theme nights, each with a different set of hosts. Shows are $8-10, and there’s a full food and drink menu. No age minimum, as far as we know.
Nick’s Comedy Stop
Not to be confused with Dick’s, Nick’s, in the Theater District has been known to bring out talent along the lines of Dane Cook (the guy really gets around) and Denis Leary, as well as local up-and-comers. Seating is a serious squeeze, even for a comedy club, and there’s no food menu--just drinks for the 21+ crowd and juice boxes for the 18+ kiddies--but Nick’s draws a crowd for a reason. Shows are typically $20, with a few exceptions.
Mottley’s Comedy Club @ Trinity
Mottley’s, in the basement of Trinity bar, is not your typical comedy club. With a range of original and offbeat shows, like “Mike Dorval’s Trial of Love”--where the comedian invites a real couple onto the stage and helps them settle conflicts--and “The Dress-Up Show” with Erin and Bethany, where performers and audience members are encouraged to show off their sharpest ensembles, don’t expect anything ordinary. Tickets run around $12-20, and shows are 21+.
Starting this Sunday, April 3rd, bartenders from around the city will find themselves pitted against one another in a March Madness-style competition to see who can produce Boston’s best cocktail. The competition, Cocktail Wars, will run from this weekend through May 15. Competitors will face-off every Sunday evening at Woodward, in the lobby of the Ames Hotel.
The seven-week competition will feature 32 bartenders. Each week, two go head-to-head to create the tastiest and most inventive drink, using two secret ingredients in a set amount of time. Their creations will be judged by some of the top experts in the industry.
In case you got so drunk that you don't remember, last night marked the start of the second annual Boston Wine Week. Through April 3rd, participating restaurants will be offering wines at huge discounts - each serving up a minimum of six typically way-pricier wines for $9 a glass or $32 a bottle.
As part of the event, this Thusday, March 31, Second Glass invites you on a bar crawl through some of the classiest bars in Back Bay Boston. Be sure to don your Thursday best, since some of the venues have strictly-enforced dress codes. After all, this isn't just any bar crawl, it's a classy bar crawl. Kicking off at 94 Mass Ave, the crawl will also take you to Brasserie Jo, Back Bay Social Club and more.
It’s Saturday morning. You had a lot of plans today. You were supposed to clean the apartment, do the laundry, tinker around with your resume so you can start applying for a new job. The weather is gorgeous, bright and sunny—the warmest it’s been in months. After a little work around the house, you were planning on exploring the city on your new bicycle, then maybe going out for dinner and drinks with your best friend a little later. Drinks? You start to gag at the thought.
Nope, none of those things are going to happen today. You feel like you’ve been pummeled with a frying pan while riding a rollercoaster all night long...before crashing face first into the bottom of a birdcage. Your mouth is dry and your tongue, toxic. Nausea makes every little noise and ray of light feel like utter torture. You moan and clamp a pillow over your head, but that’s not before you realize that you don’t see your purse anywhere near your bed, where you usually dump it before climbing into bed after a late night. It must be near the front door, right? You bolt out of bed to check. Nowhere in sight. You must have lost it last night. Scheisse.
The atmosphere at Cuchi Cuchi, a saucy small plates restaurant/cocktail lounge, offers a welcome change of pace in a city notorious for being just a little too buttoned up. Glamorously designed in vivid colors and vintage décor, and with a staff outfitted in retro attire, Cuchi Cuchi immediately transports you to the salon party of a belle époque era bon vivant.
The décor is artfully sensuous, decadent, yet tasteful; a 19th century French Salome painting in a massive Rococo frame and a bronze nude sculptural fountain frame a doorway, colorful glass lamps cast a moody glow across the room, and an aged hardwood bar silently beckons to the thirsty. Over the bar hang three striking blue-green stained glass windows from a 19th century Chicago restaurant and the intimate rear dining room features glittering glass brick partitions and walls of gold-veined mirrors. The exposed rafts give you the strange sense that you are standing on a stage as the 1930s music playing in the background hums and pops with a low-tech crackle.
The formula at Simple Truth Lounge is just that—simple. Strong drinks in this intimate, low-key, 16-seat lounge located in the Square’s new boutique hotel, Hotel Veritas, guarantee a good night whether it’s where you start, stay, or end up.
Sip on drinks like Moscow Mule, made with vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime, and nibble on charcuterie and cheeses from Formaggio Kitchen. All of Simple Truth’s vodka, rum, and gin cocktails are made with booze from Berkshire distillers, the beers veer local, and the wine list is international. The fire smoldering in the hearth sets the mood, but with the weather warming up fast, the front patio will be open soon. No doubt you’ll be spending more than one fine evening at Simple Truth, savoring the cool night air with a drink in your hand.
Yes, we're all feeling it right now—that Monday morning crash. Maybe you were out drinking 'til the wee hours every night this weekend, or maybe you were up reading Mansfield Park really late last night. Whatever it was, if your weekend is hitting you over the head in a bad way, we've got the solution: Tijuana Alarm Clock, Trina's Starlite Lounge's special recovery cocktail. It was offered off the menu last year for a while, and we thought it was discontinued, but apparently, they still serve this strange concoction of blanco tequila, orange juice, Worcestershire, Sriracha, raw egg, and Dos Equis, if you ask nicely, that is.