Best Non-Bar Late-Night Activities In MetroWest

May 30, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt)

(Photo Credit: Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt)

Sometimes, the late-night scene can become a little stale, even for the most adventurous of party animals. There are only so many bars and pubs one can visit for a weekend bender before the whole affair begins to blur together into one big alcohol-fueled haze. Luckily, there are plenty of late-night options within the area of Boston’s MetroWest that serve as alternatives to the whole “bar scene” which can amuse and entertain with just as much unpredictability as any bar or pub within the area’s ever-vibrant nightlife.
(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

Nick’s Pizza
263 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 235-9494

The life of a struggling young adult is often filled with two overwhelming feelings: poverty and hunger. Luckily, Nick’s Pizza can assist even the most frugal of folk with the latter of these feelings, offering an affordable menu of pizza and sides late in the evening and beyond. This spot also serves as a nice meeting place for a bite and good conversation with a friend. Pizza is regarded as one of the best foods out there in which to drown one’s melancholy sorrows, and Nick’s has it covered from crust to crust.

Related: Best Pizza On The South Shore And Cape Cod

(Photo Credit: Amazing Things Arts Center)

(Photo Credit: Amazing Things Arts Center)

Amazing Things Art Center
160 Hollis St.
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 405-2787

Film, comedy, music…the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham is a cultural, artistic and entertainment mecca for MetroWest; a place to support and enjoy nearly every sort of performance art imaginable. Through donation and membership, the Amazing Things Art Center is able to provide entertainment all month long, all day and late into the evening, with slam poetry and jazz workshops sharing stage space alongside stand-up comedy and art exhibits. This is truly a great place for arts lovers throughout MetroWest to visit and support on any evening.

(Credit: Treat Cupcake Bar)

(Credit: Treat Cupcake Bar)

Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 444-4495

With cupcake culture snowballing across the country, this small but mighty confectionery has quickly gained steam as one of the trendiest desserts out there for obsessed fans of all ages. That being said, it sort of makes sense that the Treat Cupcake Bar would open up shop in Needham and Natick, feeding suburban sweet teeth throughout the evening and late into the night via its delivery system, which ensures that any party can be properly stocked with yummy, delicious cupcakes. This is a “bar” of a different sort; a jolly little joint which celebrates the mighty cupcake in tried, true and trendy style.

(Photo Credit: Dragon Chef)

(Photo Credit: Dragon Chef)

Dragon Chef
679 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 891-5510

Let’s face it, no one, not even the most delusional among us, eats Chinese takeout for their weekly dose of health-conscious vittles. Nay, takeout is comfort food for most, with said “comfort” factor working on an exponential level when consumed late into the evening. Dragon Chef serves as one of Waltham’s only late-night destinations for food and non-bar-related socializing, which makes this otherwise unassuming joint a go-to for thrifty locals and hungry night owls who aren’t exactly concerned about their caloric or sodium intake.

(Photo Credit: Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt)

(Photo Credit: Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt)

Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt
216 Cambridge St
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 221-0338

Who out there hasn’t experienced the sudden, desperate need for some late night ice creamy goodness? Those who live in Burlington and suffer from this ailment are in luck, however, for the city’s residents always have Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Yogurt on Friday and Saturday nights. Schoolhouse offers indulgent, sugar-loaded cones and cups of happiness to its customers, even hosting the famously fun “build your own sundae” parties. This shop is as fun as it sounds and ensures that the Burlington sweet tooth shall never go unsatisfied.

Related: Best Lobster Shacks On The North Shore

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at


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