Local art info on unusual art spots can be found at Art Initiative.
The bars close early, especially in Cambridge, but there are still a few fun things to do there. But if you are a fan of spicy food, you MUST go to MARY CHUNGS on Mass Ave in Central Square, Cambridge. Its a few blocks down from MIT. They have an amazing dish called Suan La Chow Show, which are wontons on a bed of beansproats in a sweet, sour and spicy sauce. Also their Peking Ravioli (known elsewhere as pan fried dumplings) are excellent, and the dipping sauce that goes with it also comes with the Scallion Pancakes that are on the brunch dim sum menu on weekends.
Right next door to Mary Chungs you will find the Middle East club, which gets some great bands.
Also nearby in Cambridge, there is a great, huge thrift store called the Garment District. They have a pricer, picked over section as well as a clothing by the pound section. 200 Broadway , Cambridge (617) 876-5230
The Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue, (617) 267-9300, is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 9:45 p.m. (Thursdays and Fridays after 5 p.m., only the West Wing is open). Fridays is a very big singles scene and the museum has bands and cocktails. $12.
For a slight touristy diversion, you can take the blue like to Revere Beach. Walk over to the water and you will find Kellys Roast Beef. Its not necessarily cheap, or necessarily good, but you can eat a roast beef or fried clams by the water. It depresses me to go there because Revere Beach used to have an awesome amusement park like Coney Island right where those ugly buildings are. Kelly’s Roast Beef, 410 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA (781) 284-9129
Pauli’s-65 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-Affordable subs and a relatively inexpensive lobster roll when no such thing exists.
James Hook Lobster-Since 1925-Not cheap but thats just what lobster rolls cost these days-Only open til 5 pm at least in Winter- 440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Royale-279 Tremont Street-Boston, MA 02116- 617-338-ROXY (7699)-Big club that sometimes features bands
Paradise Rock Club-classic club
Great Scott-1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
There are a few Newbury Comics stores around town. They are very good indie/comic shops.
Mars Records, 840 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Bobby from Boston-545 Washington St, Lynn, MA 01901 -Vintage spiffy duds (moved from Boston)
The Avenue Allston -1249 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02134 (617) 903-3110 Great Late night burgers and tons of fried awesome options, like sweet potato tots.
Generally, Bars in Cambrige close a little later than their counterparts in Boston, usually 2 am instead of 1 am. However each bar is different. Some only stay open later Thursday to Saturday.
Mary Chung-My favorite restaurant in the whole wide world, mainly for the delicious Suan La Chow Show. Get those and get peking ravioli and all is right with the world. Mains are okay, but the apps, oh wow.464 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 864-1991
Eats-Warren Tavern -Legendary circa-1780 tavern draws locals with decent food near the bunker hill monunment. Parking is a bitch. 2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129
East Boston, MA
Actually North of Boston, this area is where Bostons Logan Airport is Located. Trashy Travel lived here for several years. There’s a well known pizza place here called Santarpios which we actually DO NOT LIKE.
Roy’s Cold Cuts- 198 Marion St, East Boston, MA 02128 (617) 567-9760-Amazing cram packed takeout only sub shop run by a Rock and Roll fan with hundreds of photos of 60s and 70s musicians. Closed Sunday
Sammy Carlo’s Delicatessen & Catering- 567 Bennington St, East Boston, MA 02128-Another solid sub choice. Closes super early.
Taquería Jalisco-291 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128 (617) 567-6367-Quality tacos.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Deep Thoughts JP -Address: 138b South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130: (617) 522-3587-Record Store with occasional instores
The Midway Cafe-3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617) 524-9038
Simco’s -1509 Blue Hill Ave ,Mattapan, MA 02126 Old timey Hot dog stand, chili dogs (chili has beans though), slaw dogs. Great onion rings.
The Somerville Theater has a branch of the Museum of Bad Art in its Basement
Redbones BBQ-55 Chester Street, Davis Square, Somerville, 617-628-2200-Moist tender bbq near the Davis Square Red Line Station.
The Burren ?- 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 776-6896-Irish pub with folk, bluegrass, blues and other bands. They have lunchtime concerts!
Goodwill Davis Square
Eats-Kellys Roast Beef– 410 Revere Beach Blvd Revere, MA 02151 stand serving roast beef and seafood by the beach. Easy to get to from Boston. Don’t get the seafood dude, though its good…
Eats-Deluxe Town Diner – 627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 926-8400-an AMAZING stunning diner with phenomenal fresh homemade food. Great crabcakes and blue plate specials
wonderful old timey ice cream parlor with 24 flavors of soft serve also serving fried seafood platters, pizza & sandwiches -684 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472