Sizzling summer nightlife in Boston

Sizzling summer nightlife in Boston

By Adriana Campos

If you are a virgin to summer on campus, the obvious doesn’t need to be spelled out: Summer is slow at Northeastern.

Discover what Boston summer nightlife can offer a hot coed in the city, if morphing into a Marino Center gym rat isn’t your thing.

Boston may have a reputation for catering to the 21 plus crowd, however those underage need not worry. There are many clubs and hot spots that offer events and dates catering specifically to the those who can’t buy alcohol.

Jillian’s Boston on Ipswich Street is popular for its proximity to Fenway Park and for its three floors of activities. Tequila Rain Bar and Dancing occupies the bottom floor of the building and is popular with the over-21 crowd. Jillian’s Billiards on the second floor and Lucky Strike Lanes on the third floor allow those 18 and over to enjoy over 30 pool tables, bowling lanes, darts, table tennis, foosball and sofa lounges until 2 a.m. Sunday – Thursday nights and before 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For those of age, Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue opposite Fenway Park offers beers on tap, rotating weekly. Make sure to look for the award-winning Bay State E.S.B., Back Bay IPA, and Allston Mild Ale during the summer months, as well as the notable Buckey Oatmeal Stout and Bunker Hill Blueberry Ale, which comes with blueberries in the bottom of your glass. With a full menu, don’t miss the extensive burger menu and the sweet potato fries.

For those who need to shake their stuff, head to Ryles Jazz Club, a Cambridge institution in Inman Square. Throughout the week, entertainers perform jazz, middle eastern, R’B, funk and world jazz shows.

Sunday Salsa nights feature free salsa lessons for beginners and intermediates at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Stay for ancing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. for guests over 18 years old with a $10 cover.

Mojito’s Lounge and Club features nightly Latin live performances and DJ spins. Thursdays at Mojito’s DJ Alex plays merengue, reggaeton, and hip hop at the club’s weekly College Nights. Sponsored by Bacardi, guests enter free with a college ID and enjoy free Bacardi drinks between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

One of Boston’s best-kept summer secrets is a Salsa Cruise on Boston Harbor offering a dockside pre-party and beginners salsa lessons before boarding at 7:30 p.m. by the Boston Aquarium. The cruise departs at 8 p.m. and docks at 10 p.m., when cruise attendees can dance the night away for free at Club Sanctuary on State Street.

The cost for this Havana night in Boston: $26. But including a pre-party, cruise, dancing and a post party, it’s a steal. The best part is that all ages are welcome to participate.

When you finally get bored of rereading “The DaVinci Code” for the fifth time on Centennial Common, consider some of the summer night activities waiting just around the corner, or, on the other side of the Fens.

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