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“Club Bohemia - good music in someone's basement”
Review of Cantab Lounge

Cantab Lounge
Ranked #5 of 24 Nightlife in Cambridge
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Club Bohemia - good music in someone's basement”
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 had a good view of the bands. The place is pretty small and the acoustics are so-so, can be very loud at times. People seem friendly and laid back. On Saturday night there was an 8 dollar cover, which I don't mind paying to support local talent. Only one bar tender so it takes awhile to get a drink. Parking is difficult to find, but available in some city lots a few blocks down.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Keeping it real”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Grungy, dirty, divey, punk, pop-punk, and otherwise great bar in Central Square. Don't go here if you don't want a gross bar with cheap drinks and loud music. They have two floors that frequently play different shows at the same time. A lot of older people were here on the top floor when I came, and younger punk wannabes on the bottom floor. This is the perfect bar if you're looking for that kind of scene. Also, they get a bonus star for their open mike nights.

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Pittsburgh, PA
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Dive bar, great music.”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Since this place was easily accessible via the T, we ventured out on a Tuesday night while visiting Boston to hear the bluegrass band. No atmosphere here (well, if you don't count the terrible smell that escapes the restroom every time someone goes in or out). But the service was good, we liked the band, and everyone in the joint seemed to be enjoying themselves. They have live music every night. A fun thing to do while visiting Boston.

Visited August 2012
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Tullahoma, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Bluegrass in Boston”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

Cozy music bar in Cambridge. I visited on a Tuesday night which is bluegrass night...sat at the bar- served a frosty cold draft as soon as I sat down and another one when the first was gone. Good bar service, nice folks, good 6-piece band. Crowd got lively as the band played on. No cover, pass the hat at the end. No dancing, just sit and listen to the live music.

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Bluegrass Tuesdays and Moonshine”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Cantab (upstairs or down) is always fun no matter which day of the week you go. Be prepared since it's one of the few holdout cash only bars in Cambridge. Music varies depending on the night, so take a look at the schedule posted on the wall outside before you go in and pay the cover. (No cover on Tuesdays)

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