Bars & Clubs

Jazz Club

2017 Winner: Wally's Café

This narrow, easy-to-miss South End bar practically vibrates with a venerable history of nightly jazz performances by hallowed veteran musicians and up-and-coming talents from nearby Berklee. The tightly packed crowd is also notably more diverse than at most Boston nightspots. Early-evening jam sessions give way at 9:30 pm to jazz of all stripes as well as blues, funk and salsa. At the tender age of 70, Wally’s is still the most jumping little joint in town.

Wally's Café

427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston • (617) 424-1408

Other Winners

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    2016 Winner: Scullers Jazz Club

    They call it “Allston Rock City.” But for 27 years jazz haven Scullers has been swinging from its Charles River-side perch inside a DoubleTree hotel, outlasting many local music venues...

    Jazz Club - Scullers Jazz Club Photo Credit: Bob Festa