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Cantab Lounge

Dive Bar and Rock Club$$$$
  • Pete R.
    "Great bluegrass, cheap beer."(8 Tips)
    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)
48 Tips and reviews
  • bluegrass
  • poetry
  • chicken slacks
  • live music
  • cheap beers
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  • Leah O.
    Leah OtudaJuly 21, 2015
    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.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenApril 2, 2015
    this place is very authentic. great place to chill with your friends. one of the last of it's kind in cambridge
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeJuly 23, 2015
    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."
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJuly 19, 2015
    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.
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    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
  • Miles M.
    Miles MasciSeptember 4, 2013
    Cash only bar. Good prices though. Don't miss out in the picking party Tue nights downstairs.
  • Kyle
    KyleJune 13, 2011
    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
  • 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!
  • Lorie L.
    Lorie LinMarch 2, 2012
    Bring in your own food, buy a $5 draft, kick back and enjoy some funk/blues from the Chicken Slacks on Thursdays!
  • John C.
    John ConnollyMarch 18, 2009
    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.
  • Selena C.
    Selena CraigNovember 9, 2013
    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.
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GregzOctober 20, 2015
    Fun place, fun music, cheap beer . Give it a go
  • Sara
    SaraApril 3, 2013
    There is only one reason to go to this place and it is the music. And that is typically reason enough.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 5, 2012
    Come for cheap beer, and stay for Monday’s open-mic, Tuesday’s bluegrass jams, and Wednesday’s poetry slams. Read more
  • Justin S.
    Justin SnowSeptember 22, 2014
    Friendly staff, good bands, but I'm not too sure about the sound guy...
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzDecember 18, 2014
    A dive bar with live music? Yes please. Cash only.
  • David H.
    David HealyOctober 24, 2009
    live music 7 days a week so therefore go there on shrooms
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew Eldredge-MartinJanuary 25, 2012
    Great live music! During the Winter holidays, beware the tinsel!
  • Frank A.
    Frank AnesDecember 7, 2014
    Doesn't look like much but the live music is always great.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin McLeodMarch 13, 2011
    This place is amazing. Friday/Saturday nights come for Fatback bam
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 2, 2012
    Live music almost every night. Grab a PBR and nod your head.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeepJuly 18, 2009
    Head to Cantab on a Tuesday night for a few hours of bluegrass. PBR is the way to get your feet movin'.
  • Joe M.
    Joe McAteerApril 6, 2011
    Head downstairs around 11 on bluegrass night for a chance to see the performers jam together
  • Steven A.
    Steven AntonioJanuary 25, 2014
    Cash only always. $6 cover always.
  • Julie T.
    Julie T.January 5, 2012
    Open mic poetry on Wednesday was amazing!
  • Robin M.
    Robin MccuskerNovember 17, 2011
    The bluesJazz is there every Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DiMaseMarch 8, 2011
    Chicken Slacks on Thursday nights. Soul and funk!
  • Coline
    ColineAugust 30, 2012
    Cash only, but there's an ATM in the back.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KisselSeptember 18, 2013
    Bluegrass Pickin' Party is phenomenal. Every Tuesday, starting at 8p
  • Pete R.
    Pete ReedJune 13, 2012
    Great bluegrass, cheap beer.
  • Robin M.
    Robin MccuskerNovember 16, 2011
    Head to the Cantab Wednesday night for the Blues at 9:00
  • Shane S.
    Wednesday night jam sesh. So good.
  • Robin M.
    Robin MccuskerMarch 17, 2013
    old hangout and love it......
  • DobermanBoston
    DobermanBostonJuly 6, 2010
    Last of a (sadly) dying breed in Cambridge.
  • Nicolas W.
    Nicolas WarrenAugust 7, 2013
    It's always Christmas here.
  • Ani J.
    Ani JohnsonDecember 17, 2011
    Shot o' jameson does the trick!
  • Carla D.
    Carla D'AvanzoMay 15, 2013
    Awesome live music!
  • Kraig M.
    Kraig M.December 24, 2011
    Condoms at the bar. Take it or leave it.
  • Remy S.
    Remy SMay 30, 2013
    Get up and get on blues
  • Beverly C.
    Beverly CadoretteOctober 18, 2014
    Good music!
  • Billy K.
    Billy KoreckiMarch 25, 2011
    Thursday night Chicken Slacks! Kick ass
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MonizSeptember 1, 2010
    Bluegrass on Tuesday nights
  • Colleen G.
    Colleen GallahueJanuary 27, 2012
    Great bathroom art
  • Greg C.
    Greg CapassoMarch 2, 2013
    The scenery ain't so bad here.
  • Hristo
    HristoMarch 23, 2014
    Баси гасито
  • Colleen G.
    Colleen GallahueJanuary 27, 2012
    Smells like cat litter and porter potties.
  • Ethan D.
    Ethan DussaultMay 21, 2009
    Greg Lyon solo tonight.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MattoonFebruary 26, 2012
    Not worth the cover. Bai
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