Games, music, gigantic video screens, billiards, dance floors and comfortable seating or maybe a run of bowling; the decision is yours. These wonderful bars and restaurants are designed to please those who like to make one trip and settle in for the evening. Once you’ve arrived and experienced a Boston night of fun and excitement, you’ll be ready for more. Make sure to bring your friends along for dueling pianos or an arcade marathon.
25 Union St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-2121

Voted Boston’s best Irish bar for six years in a row, Hennessy’s ambiance settles into your bones, as well as your heart, with its unique dining and entertainment experience. The feel of Ireland is nestled within downtown Boston, offering a home away from home with sunshine pouring through open windows or the warmth of a coal fire during the winter months. Arcade games are featured on its computer system at the bar. Hennessey’s offers 10 imported brews on tap, bottles, non-alcoholic beverages or a range of liquors including single malts. Live music is hosted here seven days a week, as well as a hopping DJ. Hennessy’s is known to fill up quickly, so get seated early and be ready to enjoy the evening.

The Tam
222 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-9182

Ready to play? Then leave the car at home and hop from the T to The Tam, just a quick walk off the train. Head to the back for vintage arcade games like Ms. Pac Man. There may be no door on the men’s room, but if trivia night is tempting, come on by on a Tuesday evening to win the grand prize. Almost any night of the week is an opportunity to win something whether that be a raffle or a round of free alcohol. The Tam is proud to be one of Boston’s best dives, it’s not meant to be a family adventure.

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Beacon Hill Pub
149 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 625-7100

Beacon Hill Pub is known for its cheap drinks and loyal Boston neighborhood patrons. Housing arcade games like Duck Hunter, foosball, pop o shot and darts, gear up for some neighborly competition. Pop a dime into the jukebox because it’s almost a guarantee you’ll find your music genre on its extensive list of tunes. From college student to banker on the happy hour tour, you’ll find plenty of good company and plenty of activity to stay entertained. BHP is very low key and a cash-only pub, so unwind and be prepared. A well-loved dive bar adds to the authenticity only a Boston neighborhood bar can muster up.

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