We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cantab Lounge

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Review Highlights
Like old home week

OMG! I hung out here in college, and it hasn't changed much. Not sure if that is good or bad, but... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2017
Tracy F
Boston, Massachusetts
Best of Live Music Bars -if you can handle rough around the edges!

Really was a great experience - because the music makes it awesome!Theres a cantankerous bouncer... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida
via mobile
Read all 24 reviews
All photos (4)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good55%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Jan 13, 2017
“Like old home week”
Sep 18, 2016
“Best of Live Music Bars -if you can handle rough around the edges!”
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
738 Massachusetts Ave, (Central Square), Cambridge, MA 02139-3308
+1 617-354-2685
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Cambridge
from $63.20
More Info
from $44.80
More Info
from $11.95
More Info
from $21.90
More Info
Reviews (24)
Filter reviews
21 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
See what travelers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 21 reviews
Reviewed January 13, 2017

OMG! I hung out here in college, and it hasn't changed much. Not sure if that is good or bad, but it was so much fun to stop by with my college aged son for a drink after dinner nearby. The band was warming up,...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Tracy F
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Really was a great experience - because the music makes it awesome!Theres a cantankerous bouncer taking cash at door , don't joke with him because he knows he can bounce you for anybody else dying to get in! Its a real mix of patrons .Crowd...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank TRIPBarrett
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

There's an open mic night here with the host Geoff Bartley - go on one of those days, you're guaranteed to catch some great music along with great liquor and food

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank ThisIsBadax
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Possibly classified as a 'dive bar'. With world class poetry slams and jaw-dropping open mic nights. Cash only bar, inexpensive but not cheap beers, and crowded (over-crowded) with people from every conceivable background. Really love this place, part of a vanishing tradition in Boston/Cambridge as...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Frederick W
Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a lively place but I consider it a "dive bar" rather than a classy spot for a cocktail. Depends on what you're looking for. Personally, there are half a dozen bars in Central Square I prefer to the Cantab.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank MergyMass
Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place always impresses me with the entertainment that it provides. Its a great place to pop your head in and at least check out midweek. the music is free, and the drinks are cheap. No one ever takes themselves too quickly, so its easy...More

Date of experience: August 2014
3  Thank wdyttm
Reviewed October 8, 2013

I don't know if I've ever walked through Central Square on a Friday or Saturday night and not been draw in here. And once drawn in, I don't think I've ever been disappointed. It's nothing to look at on the outside, just a big cinderblock...More

Date of experience: October 2013
1  Thank charlie_hitch
Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled into this place while visiting Cambridge from out of town. Best prices we have found Chris was a great bartender with a lot of information n Boston. The older gentleman that came in will Chris went to lunch was great aswell. I would recommend...More

1  Thank Patosyg
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Miss The Rat? Go here. Great, grungy, dirty basement. My mother would never use the bathroom here but it's all about the rock and roll. The last bastion of Boston's rock scene.

2  Thank LondonBunnies
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We saw 3 local bands in the Club Bohemia, which is located in the Basement of the Cantab Lounge in Central Square. Each band played for about an hour and it was a good variety. There are a few tables so we were comfortable and...More

Date of experience: February 2013
2  Thank gwardbeeler
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 20 nearby hotels
Le Meridien Boston Cambridge
356 reviews
.39 miles away
Hotel Veritas
554 reviews
.55 miles away
Courtyard Boston Cambridge
404 reviews
.72 miles away
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge
2,058 reviews
.78 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 698 nearby restaurants
Life Alive
267 reviews
.05 miles away
Asmara Restaurant
71 reviews
.03 miles away
H Mart
35 reviews
.16 miles away
Andala Cafe
42 reviews
.09 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 151 nearby attractions
MIT Museum
616 reviews
.48 miles away
Central Square
67 reviews
.08 miles away
Central Square Theater
14 reviews
.27 miles away
Inman Square
13 reviews
.58 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Cantab Lounge staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines