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Boston's Best No-Cover Music Venues

Looking to make live music part of your nighttime itinerary? Head to one of these drinking and dining spots with a stage for music, without a cover fee.

  • Wally's Cafe
    • Jazz Club
    • Fenway/Kenmore
    Atmo.
    26
    Decor
    18
    Service
    21
    Cost
    M

    Local musicians and music students congregate at this Fenway/Kenmore jazz club that offers live music every night of the week from 9 PM to 1:30 AM. A weekend jam session invites musicians to hone their craft from 6 to 8 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
    • American
    • South End
    Food
    24
    Decor
    22
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $35

    Live music, heavy on the jazz, starts at 7 PM Tuesday through Saturday at this South End American with a hearty menu of Southern comfort dishes. Stop by on Sundays after 10:30 AM for their weekly jazz brunch.

  • The Squealing Pig
    • Bar
    • Fenway/Kenmore
    Atmo.
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    24
    Cost
    I

    Comfort is key at this Fenway/Kenmore gastropub that offers free live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Folk fans should stop by for “Folk Off Thursday,” a weekly performance from local Irish folk singer Mike Barrett.

  • THE BEEHIVE
    • American
    • South End
    Food
    22
    Decor
    25
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $35

    This Bohemian eatery and bar in the South End serves eclectic comfort food and drinks to the tune of live music starting at 5 PM during the week. Make its jazz brunch part of your weekend plan on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Top of the Hub
    • American
    • Back Bay
    Food
    22
    Decor
    27
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $57

    Take in the view, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the nightly live jazz music in the lounge at this New American on the 52nd floor of the Back Bay’s Prudential Center.

  • Les Zygomates
    • Bistro
    • Leather District
    Food
    21
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $49

    The extensive wine list and classic French fare at this Leather District bistro is only part of its Parisian allure. Live music featuring solo pianists, jazz acts, and the occasional swing tune starts at 5:30 PM every night except Monday.

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