Best Jazz Bar in Boston

2012

Wally’s Cafe

Boston

The South End has risen and fallen as Boston’s jazz center, but 65 years after Joseph Walcott originally opened Wally’s, the place still grooves. Every evening of the year, the…Read More

1996 Best Jazz Bar, No Frills

Wally’s Cafe

Boston

A taste of what jazz was like before it was a cultural treasure and was still just a species of fun—and some of the most unpretentious entertainment Boston had to...Read More

1996 Best Jazz Bar

Regattabar

Cambridge

A glossy, sophisticated setting for Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, and other jazz greats...Read More

1996 Best Jazz Bar

Connolly’s

Roxbury

This may be the oldest jazz club in town, but because of its out-of-the-way location, it’s fallen off a lot of radar screens. Decent food...Read More

1989 Best Jazz Bar

The Willow Jazz Club

Somerville

More guts and ferment than in the polished Regattabar, but high musical standards are met nightly...Read More

1986 Best Jazz Bar

Regattabar

Cambridge

For general excellence, in spite of the steep prices for thimble-size drinks...Read More

1985 Best Jazz Bar

The Regattabar

Cambridge

Booker Fenton Hollander continues to pull in the big names and a nice crowd...Read More

1984 Best Jazz Bar

Springfield’s

Cambridge

On Thursday nights they book rarely seen national acts. And sell the place out...Read More

1983 Best Jazz Bar

Ryles

Cambridge

Makes a serious effort to book the best music. Watch for Bellevista...Read More

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