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The Middle East Downstairs

The Middle East Downstairs

Rock Club and Bar
  • Don't forget it is Washington’s Birthday today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • OurStage
    "Best bet is the pumpkin kibbeh or falafel sandwich."(2 Tips)
    Ashley O.
    "The grape leaves are awesome, so is the kibby"(2 Tips)
    Simon & Schuster
    "Beef Shawarma sandwich"(2 Tips)
    "Lots of live bands!"(3 Tips)
71 Tips and reviews
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  • concerts
  • kibby
  • shawarma sandwich
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  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamMarch 27, 2016
    Wonderful venue but be careful when exiting through the back door , bums usually sleep there and you don't wanna hit them.
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelFebruary 23, 2012
    Some of the best shows in the Boston area happen here. Bands from all genres may be new or established, local or international, but are always, always excellent.
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterJanuary 3, 2011
    Steve Seabury, author of Mosh Potatoes heavy metal cookbook, has his world rocked by the Beef Shawarma sandwich and Shrimp Shish Kababs. Save room for the Chocolate Baklava to turn your meal to 11. Read more
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    Not only do the best bands play here when they come to Boston, but it also has delicious Middle Eastern food. Bring some gum: baba ganoush breath will get you nowhere fast.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanFebruary 22, 2016
    The venue downstairs isn't as nice as upstairs. Bigger but the stage sits too low and you have hvac cutting into your view. Sound quality lacks too. Got way too hot. Still a good time though!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    As renowned for its Middle Eastern cuisine as it is for putting on some of the best shows in town, this is a sure bet for a prime pumpkin kibbeh or mjudra (lentil stew) during lunch.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiJuly 26, 2012
    Go towards the end of the bar closer to the stage and lean against the railing for a great view
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    The downstairs venue boasts two bars & serves up great rock shows. The relatively intimate setting means you'll get up close and personal with the band, but get your tickets early - they sell out fast Read more
  • B M.
    B MApril 16, 2011
    the 20% off dinner w/ ticket deal ended up being 10%??? actual service was slow but server was friendly & food came out in a reasonable time. (Doctor Doom Orchestra was great!)
  • PUMA
    PUMAMarch 18, 2011
    If you want to know the next up and coming bands, booking a table at this place is a MUST! Oh and check out the grilled salads!
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    Back on ground level, the restaurant offers “Middle Eastern fare with a twist” late into the night. Try hitting one of their special events, like the lamb cook-off. Read more
  • @TraciAndKracka @.
    @TraciAndKracka @RealProFanityMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great time! And as non-drinkers the free room temperature water at the end of the bar is MUCH appreciated!
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebJune 15, 2011
    This Boston Landmark is legendary! The national and local acts keep the downstairs rumbling! Grab a bite before the show! TW ♥'s The Middle East Downstairs! Read more
  • Jacob E.
    Jacob ElderJanuary 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This is by far the best quality, cheapest lunch in Central Square. Try the salmon steak on beans and rice pilaf.
  • Laura
    LauraFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Former bowling alley; it feels like you're seeing a concert in someone's basement - sticky floors and all.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanMay 19, 2015
    Probably my favorite place I've seen a show in the Boston area. Great crowds, usually.
  • OurStage
    OurStageApril 7, 2011
    Only sit at a table if you're going to eat - and tip. Best bet is the pumpkin kibbeh or falafel sandwich.
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  • Jessie V.
    Jessie Van AmburgMarch 3, 2013
    Such a funky concert venue! Great place for a night out.
  • hugo l.
    hugo liuSeptember 19, 2011
    get ear plugs from the bar for $1 and stand in the front row in front of the woofer tower.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RenaudJuly 13, 2011
    Wear as little clothing as you can unless you want to sweat to death. Drink some Narragansett to keep cool.
  • Melon w.
    Melon wanFebruary 20, 2011
    special taste on food...I don't like it. Otherwise, it s a good bar with live house upstairs and downstairs though
  • Seth T.
    Seth TisueJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I like how they bring your pita in a little plastic bag so you can take the rest home.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 11, 2010
    Carnival Of Ink - Roll up the sleeves & get to work showing off your piece at the Middle East on Friday for this art of the tattoo contest (November 12th, 9 p.m., $12). Read more
    WTBU RADIOApril 10, 2012
    check out Throwed on Tuesday nights, and other awesome shows all the time.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyMay 13, 2015
    Bring earplugs, check your coat, and enjoy the show.
  • Abby J.
    Abby JohnsonJune 13, 2012
    Buy drinks from Dave! ...he spikes them with unicorn tears and dragons blood (depending on the event)
  • Phabi
    PhabiSeptember 17, 2011
    Not that good...the fries are the only good food & the fact that if u get tickets to a show you get 20% off of ur bill
  • Ashley O.
    Ashley OnoyanMay 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The grape leaves are awesome, so is the kibby
  • ドーラ
    ドーラSeptember 28, 2010
    Lots of live bands! Great music (only if you could stand the loudness)!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydApril 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to get heavily patted down if you're here for hip hop.
  • Guy
    GuyJune 6, 2011
    If you use SCVNGR, check for rewards there, including 20% off your food bill.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipJune 24, 2015
    chill place to catch a show. sound system is so-so.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RumizenApril 1, 2015
    The coat check is more fun than a normal coat check...
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangJune 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It gets hotter than hell in here. Come dressed in a tank top/t-shirt or risk turning into a sweat monster.
  • claynferno F.
    claynferno FernaldFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    RE: set and door times. Not necessarily. Doors at 8, first band sometimes at 8:15! Set times posted daily at
  • Chris R.
    Chris RhodesSeptember 3, 2010
    First Thursday of the month - Jamie Lynn Hart's band - check it out, she's amazing!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MilletDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mark and Stormy is tasty if you're a bourbon fan.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Clio Restaurant as seen on Bizarre Foods America Read more
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin CAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Free acoustic punk shows on Mondays at the Corner, it's "Cut the Cord" night.
  • Louise C.
    Louise ConnollyAugust 25, 2010
    I sang there!! Awesome place! Great bands! Cheap beer!
  • Prashanth M.
    Prashanth MakaramOctober 15, 2012
    Awesome food, and some great bands.
  • claynferno F.
    claynferno FernaldFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    We sell earplugs for a buck! Bottled Water...also one dollar! I'd buy that for a dollar!
  • Robert C.
    Robert COctober 29, 2014
    - hallowed live music venue
  • Emma P.
    Emma PedersenMarch 6, 2013
    Watered down drinks downstairs.
  • Rheinheart B.
    Rheinheart BenjaminFebruary 24, 2012
    Don't order premium vodka downstairs, even KetelOne. It's just bottom shelf vodka poured into an appropriate bottle.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AnthonyFebruary 4, 2012
    Check out Nemes
  • Evan L.
    Evan LindMay 30, 2010
    Remember, doors may open at 8pm, but most shows don't actually start until at least 9:30.
  • Andy H.
    Andy HJune 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The "upstairs" is actually on the ground floor.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WebbAugust 28, 2010
    Mrs Danvers is playing here tonight. And they are the best :D fyi
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