Cantab Lounge

Dive Bar and Rock Club
738 Massachusetts Ave (at Pleasant St.), Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 8:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Cocktails
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    Lorie L.
    "back and enjoy some funk/blues from the Chicken Slacks"(4 Tips)
    Julie T.
    "Open mic poetry on Wednesday was amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Brandon G.
    "Fun place, fun music, cheap beer ."(3 Tips)
    Frank A.
    "Doesn't look like much but the live music is always great."(7 Tips)
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  • poetry
  • live music
  • chicken slacks
  • cheap beers
  • lively
  • great value
  • casual
  • dancing
  • open mic
  • jams
  • cash only
  • open mic night
  • mushrooms
  • friendly staff
  • restrooms
  • arts
  • Nindya R.

    Vote for your favorite beer. Win $500 in drinks! Read more

    Nindya Rahma · 4 days ago
  • Brandon G.

    Fun place, fun music, cheap beer . Give it a go

    Brandon Gregz · October 20
  • Liam N.

    2015 Best Dive Bar: "While other dives may offer the same gritty character (and characters), very few couple that with worthwhile live bluegrass bands, jazz, poetry, and folk."

    Liam Nee · July 23
  • Leah O.

    Live music here is awesome! Come on Thurday, Friday, and Saturday to get your groove on. The drinks are super cheap, and the staff is friendly. Only downfall is that it's a cash only bar.

    Leah Otuda · July 21
  • Sandra R.

    Chicken Slacks are still going strong on Thursday nights. Make sure to down some liquid courage and put on your dancing shoes before the second set.

    Sandra Rubinchik · July 19
  • Spencer S.

    this place is very authentic. great place to chill with your friends. one of the last of it's kind in cambridge

    Spencer Schoeben · April 2
  • Jeremy K.

    A dive bar with live music? Yes please. Cash only.

    Jeremy Krantz · December 18, 2014
  • Frank A.

    Doesn't look like much but the live music is always great.

    Frank Anes · December 7, 2014
  • Beverly C.

    Good music!

    Beverly Cadorette · October 18, 2014
  • Justin S.

    Friendly staff, good bands, but I'm not too sure about the sound guy...

    Justin Snow · September 22, 2014
  • Hristo

    Баси гасито

    Hristo · March 23, 2014
  • Steven A.

    Cash only always. $6 cover always.

    Steven Antonio · January 25, 2014
  • Selena C.

    Make sure you know where your friends are. Upstairs or down. They are more than happy to double charge you & DO NOT CARE about it! No excuses.

    Selena Craig · November 9, 2013
  • Jeff K.

    Bluegrass Pickin' Party is phenomenal. Every Tuesday, starting at 8p

    Jeff Kissel · September 18, 2013
  • Miles M.

    Cash only bar. Good prices though. Don't miss out in the picking party Tue nights downstairs.

    Miles Masci · September 4, 2013
  • Nicolas W.

    It's always Christmas here.

    Nicolas Warren · August 7, 2013
  • Remy S.

    Get up and get on blues

    Remy S · May 30, 2013
  • Carla D.

    Awesome live music!

    Carla D'Avanzo · May 15, 2013
  • Sara

    There is only one reason to go to this place and it is the music. And that is typically reason enough.

    Sara · April 3, 2013
  • Robin M.

    old hangout and love it......

    Robin Mccusker · March 17, 2013
  • Greg C.

    The scenery ain't so bad here.

    Greg Capasso · March 2, 2013
  • Coline

    Cash only, but there's an ATM in the back.

    Coline · August 30, 2012
  • Pete R.

    Great bluegrass, cheap beer.

    Pete Reed · June 13, 2012
  • BU Today

    Come for cheap beer, and stay for Monday’s open-mic, Tuesday’s bluegrass jams, and Wednesday’s poetry slams. Read more

    BU Today · June 5, 2012
  • Lorie L.

    Bring in your own food, buy a $5 draft, kick back and enjoy some funk/blues from the Chicken Slacks on Thursdays!

    Lorie Lin · March 2, 2012
  • Melissa M.

    Not worth the cover. Bai

    Melissa Mattoon · February 26, 2012
  • Jake S.

    Live music almost every night. Grab a PBR and nod your head.

    Jake Smith · February 2, 2012
  • Colleen G.

    Great bathroom art

    Colleen Gallahue · January 27, 2012
  • Colleen G.

    Smells like cat litter and porter potties.

    Colleen Gallahue · January 27, 2012
  • Andrew E.

    Great live music! During the Winter holidays, beware the tinsel!

    Andrew Eldredge-Martin · January 25, 2012
  • Julie T.

    Open mic poetry on Wednesday was amazing!

    Julie T. · January 5, 2012
  • Kraig M.

    Condoms at the bar. Take it or leave it.

    Kraig M. · December 24, 2011
  • Ani J.

    Shot o' jameson does the trick!

    Ani Johnson · December 17, 2011
  • Robin M.

    The bluesJazz is there every Wednesday and Sunday.

    Robin Mccusker · November 17, 2011
  • Robin M.

    Head to the Cantab Wednesday night for the Blues at 9:00

    Robin Mccusker · November 16, 2011
  • Zachary B.

    Cantab, short for Cantabrigian, is one of the most unique spots in the area. Head for a live show, open mic night or just a beer at this great divey spot!

    Zachary Bouzan-Kaloustian · August 15, 2011
  • Kyle

    Some really great local bluegrass bands play here. There is no cover charge but you should give a few bucks to the band. Read more

    Kyle · June 13, 2011
  • Joe M.

    Head downstairs around 11 on bluegrass night for a chance to see the performers jam together

    Joe McAteer · April 6, 2011
  • Billy Calmovita Photo

    Thursday night Chicken Slacks! Kick ass

    Billy Calmovita Photo · March 25, 2011
  • Kristin M.

    This place is amazing. Friday/Saturday nights come for Fatback bam

    Kristin McLeod · March 13, 2011
  • Jennifer D.

    Chicken Slacks on Thursday nights. Soul and funk!

    Jennifer DiMase · March 8, 2011
  • CityRover M.

    The impromptu dance area is likely to fill up with patrons spanning at least two generations, but do not be alarmed. Down a couple of beers and elbow your way into some hip-shaking space. Read more

    CityRover Media · January 5, 2011
  • Kimberly M.

    Bluegrass on Tuesday nights

    Kimberly Moniz · September 1, 2010
  • Shane S.

    Wednesday night jam sesh. So good.

    Shane Solar-Doherty · July 8, 2010
  • DobermanBoston

    Last of a (sadly) dying breed in Cambridge.

    DobermanBoston · July 6, 2010
  • David H.

    live music 7 days a week so therefore go there on shrooms

    David Healy · October 24, 2009
  • Tommy L.

    Head to Cantab on a Tuesday night for a few hours of bluegrass. PBR is the way to get your feet movin'.

    Tommy Leep · July 18, 2009
  • Ethan D.

    Greg Lyon solo tonight.

    Ethan Dussault · May 21, 2009
  • John C.

    Went to the CanTab on Firday night to see Diana Blue ret down with her band. Great band, cool crowd and very big shots. Thumbs up.

    John Connolly · March 18, 2009

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