Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape has three homes: Below Howl at the Moon in Boston, New England Seafood Restaurant & Lounge in Methuen, and Park Grill & Spirits in Worcester. While the Methuen and Worcester locations bear the name Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape, the Boston location is known as Dick's Beantown Comedy Den. The Boston location recently moved to the Comedy Den from their previous location at the Vault, where they hosted standup comedians, including Dane Cook, who held a weekly gig there for more than a year, and fellow Boston natives Bill Burr and Joe Rogan. Dick Doherty's comedy clubs as a whole continue to detonate laugh dynamite with their rotating casts of national and local comedians.
In business for 30 years, Nick's Comedy Stop has served as an essential venue for up-and-coming comedians, having hosted Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and other notable jesters before their big breaks. The venue hosts shows twice a week, featuring hilarious headliners, emerging comics, and moments of silence for misunderstood punch lines.
Former Boston mayor James Michael Curley was known as a man of the people: charismatic, popular, and controversial. The same could be said at this restaurant that shares his name. jm Curley's menu is crowd-pleasing, but not without controversy. Case in point: the jelly donut, which is fried in bacon fat, filled with strawberry rhubarb, and glazed with foie gras. Need more examples? How about the organic hot pocket, made with grilled leeks, Vermont raclette, and tempura or the beet Doritos made with beet powder, citric acid, and corn tortillas. Of course, jm Curley is out to please all the people, so these eclectic offerings are balanced by more traditional dishes such as a 9-ounce natural angus burger or fried chicken with biscuits, both of which tread the middle ground in the culinary divide. Regardless of whether diners prefer their cuisine creative or conventional, all can come together over a beer. But even that may prove contentious, as jm Curley’s beer menu features more than 60 brews to choose from, including the chef’s private stock of Narragansett Cream and Genesee Cream Ale. Can’t decide? Just order a Manhattan or a hot toddy and save energy for more important debates, like deciding who has to carry the car home.
Every night, Mojitos Lounge’s brick walls, plush chairs, and Brazilian-oak floors transform from a cocktail bar to a swanky dance club with just a change in lighting. Sharply dressed patrons gather for the lounge’s high-energy, Latin-inspired entertainment, including signature mojito cocktails, live DJs, and the occasional staged reading of Julius Caesar’s personal diary. To further patrons’ appreciation of Latin culture, Mojitos Lounge also hosts salsa-dancing lessons on Friday and Saturday nights, where students can pick up a sizzling repertoire of new moves to enliven the dance floor or make elevator rides with the boss less awkward.
With more than 25 years in the laugh racket and more than six decades of collective experience in the legislative branch, The Capitol Steps continue to tickle ribs with its potent brand of political lampoonery. The irreverent troupe, which has made appearances across national television and radio and created dozens of comedic albums, tackles the foibles of elected officials through skit and song, transmuting scandals and shortcomings into pure laughter, the commodity on which America's monetary system was originally based. Many of the performers are former Capitol Hill staffers, bringing to bear an intimate knowledge of political intrigue that can normally only be obtained by slaying a filibuster in single combat.
A step inside the opulent Boston Opera House, located near Downtown Crossing in the Theater District, reveals a magnificent marble lobby complete with a grand staircase and classic red theater carpeting, plus gold leaf finishes and brilliant crystal chandeliers. This grand dame was lovingly restored in 2004, but has managed to retain (or at least recreate) much of its historic gilded interior and gorgeous silk tapestries. The 2,677-seat theater, which is now the official home of the Boston Ballet and touring Broadway shows, was originally constructed as a movie theater in 1928. Upgraded seating options include comfortable plush red seats for both the orchestra and mezzanine levels, and choice views of the stage throughout. In addition to the Boston Ballet’s annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker, the revolving roster of year-round performances here includes everything from The Lion King to Phantom of the Opera.