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Old 09-30-2019, 11:30 PM
 
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Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, LA are destination party cities. Boston can't be expected to compare In my mind, the question is how does Boston's nightlife compare to Philly, DC, SF, Montreal, maybe Seattle? I still find it pretty disappointing relative to it's peer cities.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:03 AM
 
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Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, LA are destination party cities. Boston can't be expected to compare In my mind, the question is how does Boston's nightlife compare to Philly, DC, SF, Montreal, maybe Seattle? I still find it pretty disappointing relative to it's peer cities.
Honestly, the nightlife in Boston in my opinion ranks below all the cities mentioned as well as a considerable number of smaller cities. Though nightlife has become less and less "important" to me over the years. Combination or getting older and also just keeping a budget. Man, hard to justify the expenses.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:11 AM
 
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Honestly, the nightlife in Boston in my opinion ranks below all the cities mentioned as well as a considerable number of smaller cities. Though nightlife has become less and less "important" to me over the years. Combination or getting older and also just keeping a budget. Man, hard to justify the expenses.
Id be tempted to put Montreal in that former group too.

But overall most cities are pretty similar
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Old Yesterday, 11:25 AM
 
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Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, LA are destination party cities. Boston can't be expected to compare In my mind, the question is how does Boston's nightlife compare to Philly, DC, SF, Montreal, maybe Seattle? I still find it pretty disappointing relative to it's peer cities.

It's certainly far worse than Montreal, and I'd say worse than Philly.
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Old Yesterday, 12:21 PM
 
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Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, LA are destination party cities. Boston can't be expected to compare In my mind, the question is how does Boston's nightlife compare to Philly, DC, SF, Montreal, maybe Seattle? I still find it pretty disappointing relative to it's peer cities.
Montreal might be the best city in NA for nightlife other than Vegas. Certainly right there with NYC (Genuinely think Manhattan nightlife is overrated, despite the late hours), Chicago, and Miami.

Boston is a notch below Philly, but pretty similar to SF and DC. I lived in Seattle for almost three years.. It's not a very fun town. Boston has more nightlife, without a doubt, across many different neighborhoods. Seattle has Capitol Hill, Belltown (there's like 8 legitimate bars in Belltown), and Ballard. Georgetown has some spots, but would be like a more underwhelming Davis Square.

Capitol Hill is fine, and is probably more substantial than any one area in Boston. Similar to Mass Ave through Central, or Broadway in Southie, or Faneuil might be closest. It would feel more like Central.

Seaport, while still growing, is far superior to Belltown. I'll take Seaport Blvd and Congress St. any day of the week. Trrillium, Drink, Lucky's, City Tap, Envoy, Sunbar, Comittee, Cisco Garden, Legal Rooftop, the Pavilion, etc. There is no comparison here. I'll take the food too.

Ballard and Davis Sq. are a wash. Add Porter/Union, and Somerville wins handily. Ballard attracts an older crowd, which is nice, but there's more action in Davis on the weekends.

Then comes the rest... I can't think of an Allston equivalent in Seattle. No Fenway. No busy streets like the North End. No Faneuil. No Harvard Square, though the nightlife in Harvard stinks. It's still there. I actually like the music venues in Boston/Cambridge more too. And I prefer the Boston areas beer scene, though Seattle is no slouch. Beer Gardens are the best thing Boston has done, even if it's not truly "nightlife". And now we host the most substantial casino east of Vegas in our backyard.

I agree that Boston is not a great nightlife city. I say it all of the time on city vs. city threads. But, we sell it short on CD, no doubt in my mind. Friends come into town quite frequently, and they think it's a great drinking town
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 PM
 
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The first thing I would say is I've never lived in Boston but have been there several, several times in my party days.

The 2nd thing I would say is that each city has it's 'personality' for nightlife. Yes, Vegas is fun for the hit and run, but I wouldn't want to have lived there in my 20s (lived in NYC). It's not my style.

Boston has several 'amenities' which makes it a great city for nightlife...

1) Asian culture and presence, so a lot of good Asian restaurants, some karaoke clubs
2) A lot of colleges, so cool hip places
3) Probably the most popular music school in the country, good for live music

Nightlife to me isn't just about clubs and hotties, it's about a variety of activities you can partake in. (That said, somebody in the NJ thread wanted to compare nightlife in Vegas versus Trenton, NJ. That obviously is a chasm any way you look at it.)

So, for that I'd say Boston is somewhere on par-ish with Philly and Chicago.

Below NYC, LA.

New Orleans and Miami are again more of the in your face nightclub nightlife scene. Not necessarily better. Different.
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Old Yesterday, 12:50 PM
 
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Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, LA are destination party cities. Boston can't be expected to compare In my mind, the question is how does Boston's nightlife compare to Philly, DC, SF, Montreal, maybe Seattle? I still find it pretty disappointing relative to it's peer cities.
While all of this is dependent on your interests, I'd put Boston (and the rest of them) well below Montreal (which I think has one of the best and most well rounded Nightlife scenes in North America), on par with Philly/DC/SF*, and slightly above Seattle.

*YMMV depending on your interests, your demographics, etc. For example, if I'm a 25 year old professional black man, I'll probably think DC has a better scene than Boston. If I'm a craft beer swilling 30-something white guy, Boston's going to offer more. Personally, I think DC can be stodgier than Boston in many ways. San Francisco suffers many of the same ills as Boston (young population paying a fortune in rent and tons of house parties). Philly is actually better than BOS/DC/SF in my experience, but I can't put my finger on the "why" exactly. Seattle is another city I would not tell someone to seek out for night life.
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Old Yesterday, 12:56 PM
 
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See, Seattle, like Portland, I would seek out for night life. I go to each yearly specifically for it. But what appeals to me is live music and those two places are just hot beds. So, yeah, it depends on what type of nightlife you are seeking.
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Old Yesterday, 01:05 PM
 
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See, Seattle, like Portland, I would seek out for night life. I go to each yearly specifically for it. But what appeals to me is live music and those two places are just hot beds. So, yeah, it depends on what type of nightlife you are seeking.
I prefer the local music scene in Portland over Seattle, though neither really do it for me despite their reputation.

Atlanta, Chicago, and Austin. That's my trio for live music.
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Old Yesterday, 01:08 PM
 
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I prefer the local music scene in Portland more than Seattle, though neither really do it for me despite their reputation.

Atlanta, Chicago, and Austin. That's my trio for live music.


I used to like Chicago's, but that was probably 15 years ago. Hasn't been on my radar since. But yeah, Austin is pretty great too.


I found the music scene to be lacking in SF itself when I lived there (10 years or so ago), but was pretty happening in Oakland.


Tons of this is pretty dependent on what genres you're into. A lot of it, actually.


(Edit for clarity, I don't go to both Portland and Seattle yearly, but one or the other. This year is was Seattle.)
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