Bars & Clubs

Dive Bar

2016 Winner: Cantab Lounge

Photo Credit: John D. Keegan



Grandiloquent laudations of lowly dive bars usually tick through this checklist of charms: sticky floors, cheap drinks, salty service, slipshod style. Cantab can claim them all. But it’s the people that make a place—and there the Central Square stalwart really excels, uniting marvelously motley factions of young mustachioed hipsters and grizzled neighborhood old-timers with the promise of poetry slams, a bluegrass pickin’ party, ’80s nights and dance bands that get everyone grooving.

Cantab Lounge

738 Mass. Ave., Cambridge • (617) 354-2685

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