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Paddy Whacked: Bartenders dish on St. Patrick’s Day drinking

To partiers, Saint Patrick's Day is a noon-to-night marathon of drinking. But to bartenders, it's amateur hour.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 15, 2013

The EDMmys

We just wrapped award-show season — so to prevent withdrawal, we asked some top DJs, representing diverse sounds, to nominate favorites within some creative categories.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 01, 2013

Prime time for Eric Prydz

This month, Eric Prydz launches the dark, atmospheric party Black Dice, his first American residency, at Vegas's Wynn — and he's still finding time to hit Boston's PRIME Nightclub at Umbria Prime on Saturday, February 16.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 15, 2013

Boston’s Biggest Bouncers

Whether they're guarding doors or patrolling dance floors, nightlife security staffers are intentionally intimidating — but there's more to these guys than brawny biceps.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 01, 2013

Jeffrey Tonnesen’s Night — and Day

Raised on '90s raves, Jeffrey Tonnesen started out by spinning bands like the Clash and the Kinks at hipster rock bars on the Lower East Side; now he plays international fashion shows for Prada and DVF.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  January 18, 2013

You're Doing It Wrong: Hitting the Club

Halloween isn't just the one time of year when we all get to pretend to be somebody else (the stumbling zombie you sometimes morph into at 2 am doesn't count); it also offers the opportunity to hit nightspots you might not usually frequent.
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012

the Solstice Circus winter 2011

Photos: Solstice Circus welcome winter at Plough & Stars

Solstice Circus celebrated this year's winter solstice at Plough & Stars in Cambridge on December 22, 2011.
Solstice Circus | Plough & Stars | December 22, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 30, 2011

Child Welfare Benefit Concert

Nicholas Alahverdian, who endured an awful run in the state's child welfare system, is hosting a benefit concert tonight to raise money for his push...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 27, 2011

Blog Party

Several of the local blogs are teaming up for a belated holiday bash tonight at Salon, a hipster bar featured in the Phoenix awhile back....
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Silhouette Lounge

Meet the Mayor: Silhouette Lounge

Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.Silhouette LoungeMercer Smith How long have you been...
By Barry Thompson  |  December 03, 2010

Photos: One Night in Boston 2010

STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over nine hours on the night of August 22, 2010; here are a few of our favorites
Fifteen photographers. Nine hours.
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 13, 2010


Drinking stories

Twenty-five thousand members of the Lutheran Youth Congress are leaving New Orleans. Replacing them are another kind of faithful, equally dedicated in their way to their calling: 15,000 eager bartenders.
How Boston's best barkeeps survived five days of around-the-clock cocktails
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 13, 2010

Ramping up safe-drinking strategies

It'll come as no surprise to anyone who was out and about during the long, hot, holiday weekend that Portland's drinking and nightlife scenes get a little bit more . . . intense during the summer months.
Summer Nights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 09, 2010

Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010

Vanessa Torres + Snack Cakes over Gay Pride Weekend

Among Pride Weekend's magic was a simply delicious moment at the Dyke March After-Party, when Vanessa Torres and the "Lady GayGays" did a cover of GaGa's "Bad Romance," with Torres on guitar, a cello, a violin, and a trombone.
Music Seen
By KATIE DIAMOND  |  June 25, 2010

Where the girls are

While Boston does have a few conventional — some might say uninteresting — gay bars, it doesn’t have a designated hotspot for queer women.
Prime places to track down all the single ladies
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 04, 2010


Smith Hill weighs a ban on the under-21 crowd

Seasoned partiers will recall that about a decade ago our august legislature considered barring anyone under age 21 from Rhode Island night clubs in a bid to curb underage drinking.
The Fun Police
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2010

Flashback: Art After Hours

There’s no shortage of nightclubs and bars in Boston, but the sheer magnitude of offerings has been no guarantee of quality. Between the scruffy rock clubs, gay discos, and often pretentious singles bars, there hasn’t been much of a middle ground.
A review of Man Ray nightclub
By ROBIN VAUGHN  |  March 26, 2010

Flashback: Art After Hours

There’s no shortage of nightclubs and bars in Boston, but the sheer magnitude of offerings has been no guarantee of quality. Between the scruffy rock clubs, gay discos, and often pretentious singles bars, there hasn’t been much of a middle ground.
A review of Man Ray nightclub
By ROBIN VAUGHN  |  March 26, 2010

Hot spots in an instant

Cologne on, dress pants clean, and IDs ready — your Friday night is in full swing. But before you take a step behind the bouncer-guarded pearly gates, check your cell phone. It may just save you the cover charge.
Real-Time Clubbing
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 26, 2010

Review: Out on the town

Bars and clubs everywhere, 2009
Music Seen
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009

Holiday Blogtastic Spectacular

Feeling blue about health care reform, the state budget mess, the imminent departure of Jason Bay? Cheer up with Not for Nothing, Providence Daily Dose, Kmareka and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 15, 2009

Brave new world

How many marriages are born or nursed in our city’s bars?
Styxx’s management sets an oddly pleasant menu
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 30, 2009

Pints And Blood On A Saturday Night

The Reverend Al Zombie, organizer of the Providence Zombie Pub Crawl, climbed on the bar at Fatty McGee’s as the event kicked off Saturday night to offer a disclaimer.
The undead
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  October 30, 2009

Knight of night life

The most feared man in Boston isn’t a crazy-eyed killer or a brutal street thug — he’s an elected official. Evidence? When was the last time you heard a disgruntled Boston businessperson publicly criticize Mayor Tom Menino?
Taking on Boston’s biggest bully
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2009

Last call; open season

Over the course of its short lifetime, the White Heart bar and lounge made its mark on Portland's nightlife scene.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 09, 2009


Where everybody knows its name

In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009

REHAB Sundays | September 13

Apparently, it’s a standard scenario: go to Vegas, end up in rehab (just ask Lindsay and Britney). We’re not Sin City, but you can replicate...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 07, 2009

High dives

Dive bars. Where the drinks are cold and stiff. Where the air wafts with the unmistakable but not-altogether-unpleasant tang of suds long since spilled. Where the neon shines bright and true and the jukebox plays good and loud.
It's harder than ever to find a bar with soul in town these days. But it's not impossible.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 04, 2009

Wild nights

I don't need to break this news to you returning LGTBTQ-folk, but for those of you just joining us in Boston, a bitter little amuse bouche to start off this otherwise super-tasty survey of our current gay-nightlife situation: our gay bars kind of suc
For better or worse, gay life is ditching the bars
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2009