Harvard Square is an amazing place, with a lot of history. Nestled near the Charles river, there are majestic naturally beautiful spots to see, as well as fabulous night life to experience. This guide explains what's what in the are.
One of the first places you might might visit at night time is Felipe's Taqueria, and for good reason. With delicious food that doesn't break the bank, and a roof-deck bar that overlooks Harvard Square, Felipe's Mexican Taqueria is certainly a destination spot for foodies and drinkers alike.
TIP: If you're looking to have a drink outside on the roof-deck, it's best to arrive early. On busy nights you might be in for a 1-2 hour wait.
Drink Recommendation: Frozen Margarita (w/ tamarind)
Food Recommendation: Chimichanga w/ carnitas
FELIPE'S MEXICAN TAQUERIA
21 Brattle Street, Cambridge
P: (617) 354-9944
Charlie's Kitchen has been a staple of Harvard Square for more than 60 years. It's got plenty of outdoor seating in the 'beer garden' for hot summer nights. The inside of the Kitchen is a throwback to a bygone era, with prices to match. Some of the best seafood dishes in town, including dollar oysters, shrimp, and delicious Lobster Rolls. If you're looking for value, it's hard to beat Charlie's.
TIP: There is upstairs, downstairs and outdoor seating available.
Drink Recommendation: Red Bull Vodka
Food Recommendation: Double Lobster Roll
1 Elliot Street, Cambridge
P: (617) 492-9646
Tucked away below Parsnip, Grendel's Den is a nostalgic tavern with an ample craft beer selection, and affordable dinner options that make it a local favorite. In the summer months, enjoy outdoor seating on their park-adjacent patio.
Tip: Half-price food during lunch and dinner happy hours.
Drink Recommendation: Captain Morgan & Coke
Food Recommendation: French Dip w/ Chips
28 Winthrop Street, Cambridge
P: (617) 491-1160
Hong Kong has been the play palace for more Harvard students, alumni and visiting friends than probably any other venue in Harvard Square. With 3 floors of bar, club, and dancing, Hong Kong has it all in one place. Oh and if you're hungry, the Kong offers traditional Chinese cuisine with reasonable prices.
TIP: This place usually picks up later in the evening.
Drink Recommendation: Scorpion Bowl
Food Recommendation: Shrimp Fried Rice
Hong Kong (Cambridge)
1228 Mass Ave, Cambridge
P: (617) 864-5311
Located on the first floor of the Charle's Hotel, across the street from Charlie's Kitchen, Noir Bar is local late-night favorite. With outside seating, a 2am liquor license, and a five star atmosphere, Noir is the goto place after 1am.
TIP: If you're looking for someplace to go during the week, and it's after 12am, Noir is one of the only choices.
Drink Recommendation: Black Dalia
Food Recommendation: BBQ Chips
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge
P: (617) 661-8010