The red-orange glow of smoldering coals only enhances the cozy, inviting vibe of Sheesha Lounge, a local hangout that recently earned a spot on CBS Boston's list of Allston?s Best Hookah Bars. It's not hard to find something to love about this place, whether it's the exposed brickwork and padded, pillow-lined banquettes or the fact that the lounge stays open as late as 2 a.m. The biggest draw, however, has to be the 35 different flavors of tobacco, which include rose, jasmine, vanilla, mint, and mountain spring water. As the fragrant, cloud-like wisps of smoke mingle in the air, guests can dine on sweet snacks that include cheesecake and baklava.
Anderson Comedy has its fingers in many comedic pies around Boston, hosting numerous events for local up-and-comers to make their names. The company?s The Gas comedy show takes over Great Scott?s stage every Friday night to exercise audiences? stomach muscles with standup sets by local comedians and special guests. The comic confederation also hosts The Horse's Mouth show every first Wednesday as well as free open-mic nights on Tuesday, allowing unknowns to test their material in front of a captive audience and to control the venue?s laugh track.
The Boston University Terriers men's basketball team defends its home court for another sneaker-squeaking season of exorbitant point totals. Fresh off their performance in the America East title game and the College Basketball Invitational semifinals, the Terriers are a preseason conference favorite. Agganis Arena's steep seating offers vertigo-inducing views of every fast break, daring three-point fadeaway, rim-rattling rebound, and spontaneous combustion. Witness an in-conference clash on the Binghamton, Maine and UMBC dates—or watch the Terriers get into a finger-snapping rumble with La Salle or St. Joseph's. Agganis Arena's six concession stands will keep your throat's cheering muscles greased with hot nacho cheese down to the last buzzer-beating bucket.
At Stoli Bar, waitresses walk by with trays of clinking vodka shots, bowls of warming borscht, and plates of potato latkes layered with house-smoked gravlax. Diners dig in to Russian dishes that borrow flavors from Ukrainian and French cuisine, such as the salmon kulebyaka—a puff pastry filled with salmon, julienne vegetables, and red caviar. Each dish is artfully presented on a white rectangular plate, which highlights the shape and texture of the food without surrounding it with distracting sparklers.
Formed by a pack of game-changing new comedians, The Comedy Studio's casual laugh lab hosts both acclaimed funny people and fresh faces. The jam-packed schedule ensures plenty of opportunities to take in a show. The 8 p.m. shows break up the monotony of a chaotic workweek but end early enough (10 p.m.) to curb next-day exhaustion. Seating is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. The all-ages facility provides a funny-bone-fondling venue for blind dates, out-of-town visitors, or disgruntled neighbors.
With its close proximity to Fenway Park and Boston University, it’s no wonder that An Tua Nua has learned how to please the masses. The pub fosters the laidback atmosphere famous of neighborhood watering holes: guests kick back and munch on a menu of classic Irish and American cuisine including shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, and towering burgers. At the bar, the likes of Blue Moon, Guinness Stout, and various Harpoon brews flow from taps while bartenders shake and stir cocktails infused with a vast selection of liquors. As the night progresses, bodies fill An Tua Nua's spacious dance floor, framed by two large projection screens and a disco ball. Themed music nights unleash a deluge of tunes ranging from salsa and bachata to goth and industrial. Meanwhile, regular karaoke and board-game events bring out aspiring singers or people who dream of one day bringing Monopoly money to a bar without consequence.