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The Middle East Downstairs

The Middle East Downstairs

Rock Club and Bar
480 Massachusetts Ave (at Brookline St.), Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Hours:
None listed (See when people check in)

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  • Today
    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
  • Wed
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
  • Thu–Fri
    • 7:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 PM–11:00 PM
Reservations:
Yes
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

The Middle East is a live music venue, bar and restaurant in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

8.0/10

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    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)
    ドーラ
    "Great music (only if you could stand the loudness)!"(3 Tips)
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  • Jennifer Y.

    chill place to catch a show. sound system is so-so.

    Jennifer Yip · June 24, 2015
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  • Alex D.

    Probably my favorite place I've seen a show in the Boston area. Great crowds, usually.

    Alex Dobyan · May 19, 2015
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  • Rob H.

    Bring earplugs, check your coat, and enjoy the show.

    Rob Havasy · May 13, 2015
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  • Steve R.

    The coat check is more fun than a normal coat check...

    Steve Rumizen · April 1, 2015
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  • Robert C.

    - hallowed live music venue

    Robert C · October 29, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Clio Restaurant as seen on Bizarre Foods America Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
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  • Emma P.

    Watered down drinks downstairs.

    Emma Pedersen · March 6, 2013
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  • Jessie V.

    Such a funky concert venue! Great place for a night out.

    Jessie Van Amburg · March 3, 2013
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  • Zack D.

    Up the punx!

    Zack Danger · February 24, 2013
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  • Prashanth M.

    Awesome food, and some great bands.

    Prashanth Makaram · October 15, 2012
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  • Stephen B.

    Go towards the end of the bar closer to the stage and lean against the railing for a great view

    Stephen Barresi · July 26, 2012
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  • Abby J.

    Buy drinks from Dave! ...he spikes them with unicorn tears and dragons blood (depending on the event)

    Abby Johnson · June 13, 2012
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  • Michelle F.

    FUN & FUNKY...

    Michelle F · May 20, 2012
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  • @TraciAndKracka @.

    Always a great time! And as non-drinkers the free room temperature water at the end of the bar is MUCH appreciated!

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  • WTBU RADIO

    check out Throwed on Tuesday nights, and other awesome shows all the time.

    WTBU RADIO · April 10, 2012
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  • Rheinheart B.

    Don't order premium vodka downstairs, even KetelOne. It's just bottom shelf vodka poured into an appropriate bottle.

    Rheinheart Benjamin · February 24, 2012
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  • Keri G.

    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.

    Keri Garel · February 23, 2012
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  • Chris A.

    Check out Nemes http://www.facebook.com/nemesband

    Chris Anthony · February 4, 2012
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  • Janelle L.

    spip! yeah

    Janelle Lavigne · December 11, 2011
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    Thara Ravindran · November 30, 2011
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  • hugo l.

    get ear plugs from the bar for $1 and stand in the front row in front of the woofer tower.

    hugo liu · September 19, 2011
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  • Phabi

    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

    Phabi · September 17, 2011
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  • Tim H.

    The best place on earth

    Tim Halle · September 6, 2011
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  • seamus k.

    Slowest service on earth!

    seamus king · August 27, 2011
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  • Alexis S.

    Lunch service was terrible and very slow!

    Alexis S · August 11, 2011
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  • Jason R.

    Wear as little clothing as you can unless you want to sweat to death. Drink some Narragansett to keep cool.

    Jason Renaud · July 13, 2011
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  • Kyle

    Try the Kibby.

    Kyle · June 25, 2011
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  • Punketta D.

    I miss Zid. :(

    Punketta Doilie · June 22, 2011
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  • Seth T.

    I like how they bring your pita in a little plastic bag so you can take the rest home.

    Seth Tisue · June 17, 2011
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  • TicketWeb

    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

    TicketWeb · June 15, 2011
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  • Roc Nation

    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.

    Roc Nation · June 8, 2011
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  • Kevin W.

    It gets hotter than hell in here. Come dressed in a tank top/t-shirt or risk turning into a sweat monster.

    Kevin Wang · June 7, 2011
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  • Guy

    If you use SCVNGR, check for rewards there, including 20% off your food bill.

    Guy · June 6, 2011
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  • Kate S.

    Too many cops at the Curren$y show.

    Kate Sullivan-Jones · June 4, 2011
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  • Ashley O.

    The grape leaves are awesome, so is the kibby

    Ashley Onoyan · May 21, 2011
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  • B M.

    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!)

    B M · April 16, 2011
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  • OurStage

    Only sit at a table if you're going to eat - and tip. Best bet is the pumpkin kibbeh or falafel sandwich.

    OurStage · April 7, 2011
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  • PUMA

    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!

    PUMA · March 18, 2011
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  • claynferno F.

    We sell earplugs for a buck! Bottled Water...also one dollar! I'd buy that for a dollar!

    claynferno Fernald · February 27, 2011
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  • claynferno F.

    RE: set and door times. Not necessarily. Doors at 8, first band sometimes at 8:15! Set times posted daily at twitter.com/MidEastClub

    claynferno Fernald · February 27, 2011
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  • KillaKam

    Breath-a-lizer available for a dollar.

    KillaKam · February 24, 2011
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  • Melon w.

    special taste on food...I don't like it. Otherwise, it s a good bar with live house upstairs and downstairs though

    Melon wan · February 20, 2011
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  • Jacob E.

    This is by far the best quality, cheapest lunch in Central Square. Try the salmon steak on beans and rice pilaf.

    Jacob Elder · January 27, 2011
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  • Angela B.

    THROWED is amazing!

    Angela Bray · January 21, 2011
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  • CityRover M.

    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

    CityRover Media · January 5, 2011
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  • CityRover M.

    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

    CityRover Media · January 5, 2011
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  • Simon & Schuster

    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

    Simon & Schuster · January 3, 2011
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  • Angela B.

    THROWED is amazing

    Angela Bray · December 15, 2010
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  • Stephen M.

    The Mark and Stormy is tasty if you're a bourbon fan.

    Stephen Millet · December 9, 2010
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  • Slava M.

    shows are loud. a great venue.

    Slava Matveychuk · November 24, 2010
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