Top Music Venues Near Chroma Cambridge
From the iconic Club 47 to the original House of Blues, Cambridge has long been the heart of Boston’s music scene. Today, Cambridge still holds it down with some of the best live music joints around Boston. Whether you’re looking for some mellow DIY indie folk or turned up EDM, Cambridge has it all. Here are the top music venues near Chroma Cambridge.
Once known as Club 47, this Harvard Square classic frequently hosted the likes of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in the ’60s. You can enjoy a vegetarian pizza while you watch live acts perform in this iconic music venue. Club Passim continues the folk renaissance legacy by featuring lots of singer-songwriters on the bill each night.
Now that the House of Blues and TT The Bear’s Place are closed, The Sinclair has stepped in as a music revival hero for Cambridge. This glorious savior of sound opened in 2013 and boosted Harvard Square nightlife by bringing some of the best touring acts to Cambridge. This venue is run by The Bowery, so its sound equipment and space are on par with some of the larger, top-tier music venues. Attached to the venue is a restaurant with some seriously next-level food. The Sinclair burger is an instant classic.
Plough & Stars
Plough & Stars is the sort of cozy watering hole where you can watch your friend’s band while you enjoy a pint of Guinness. This local dive has a friendly vibe and hosts plenty of up-and-coming local musicians. It also features a great beer selection balanced by a healthy amount of whiskey and a Southern cuisine menu.
The Lizard Lounge
A short walk from Harvard Square, this basement bar is known for open mic nights and poetry slams. The Lizard Lounge is a veteran venue for jazz, folk, rock and Americana. It’s a place to experience intimate performances, as there is no stage. The only separation between audience and performer is an old rug on which the bands play. Hungry? Order a burger with some magical curly fries and wash it all down with a seasonal craft brew.
Boston was one of the last places to embrace electronic dance music, but the Middlesex Lounge started hosting DJs in 2004. With a minimalist vibe and an awesome cocktail menu, you’ll catch a bunch of people dancing the night away like P. Swayze every weekend. But it’s not all flashy dance music and DJs, this venue also features live shows with DIY indie bands that perform on the floor.
Consider one of these spots the next time you’re itching for a live music experience. Accessibility to Boston’s best music venues is just a little part of the living experience here at Chroma. – Jeff Richards