Nightlife in North End, Boston


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  • Volle Nolle
    Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Volle Nolle is a go-to lunch spot in Boston's North End district. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Volle Nolle, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Parents appreciate Volle Nolle's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. For diners that don't mind waiting to be seated, feel free to stop by during the week — the restaurant draws quite the crowd (and does not take reservations). No need to gussy up for a trip to Volle Nolle, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Haymarket Station (Green, Orange), Aquarium Station (Blue), and North Station (Fitchburg/South Acton, Green, Haverhill, Lowell, Newburyport/Rockport, Orange). Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Volle Nolle for next to nothing. Make sure to hit the ATM before heading to Volle Nolle — it's strictly cash-only. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    351 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA US
  • The Wine Bottega
    Set among all of the restaurants that line popular Hanover Street is a simple neighborhood wine and beer store known as The Wine Bottega. The friendly staff here is only too happy to help guests find the perfect wine for their palate, from burgundy and cabernet reds to chardonnay and pinot grigio whites, not to mention organic and biodynamic wines. The nice selection from small Italian and global wineries also leaves room for some unexpected finds, like sake and an impressive collection of craft beer. Free tastings are held on Friday nights, usually inside the subterranean wine cellar, well-appointed with long wooden benches and a communal table that runs down the middle.
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    341 Hanover St
    Boston, MA US
  • Nico Ristorante
    Nico Ristorante's crimson walls, plush red drapery, and sparkling chandeliers seem designed for romance, as do the extensive list of fine wines and the menu full of classic yet sophisticated dishes. Chef Salvatore Firicano and his crew use locally sourced produce and other fresh ingredients as the tools of their trade, selecting farm-raised mussels and littleneck clams to serve over grilled tuscan bread and stuffing 2-pound lobsters with shrimp and scallops. They use a variety of artfully hand-crafted fresh pasta, from fusilli and rigatoni to tiny, toothsome bundles of potato-dumpling gnocchi. The restaurant is a part of The Varano Group, a collection of Boston dining establishments created by celebrity restaurateur Nick Varano. Varano's other lauded endeavors include the star-studded Strega Ristorante, Strega Waterfront, and the newest location Strega Prime Italian Steakhouse, located just ten minutes north of Boston.
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    417 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA US
  • Limoncello Ristorante
    From the chefs and waiters—the owner’s brothers—to the owner’s very own mother, who forms the meatballs in the kitchen, this ristorante truly brings family-style cooking to family-style dining. The homemade limoncello, which is used in select dishes, has drawn celebs such as Robert De Niro.
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    190 North St
    Boston, MA US
  • Bella Vista
    Bella Vista serves modern Italian fare in a stylish setting. No need to miss out on Bella Vista just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Bella Vista's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Bella Vista. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Bella Vista, so plan your budget accordingly. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    288 Hanover St
    Boston, MA US
  • Mystery Café
    It's one thing to sit down to a perfectly nice three-course meal, surrounded by your close friends and loved ones. It's quite another thing to sit down to the same meal surrounded not only by your friends, but by a slew of shifty-eyed murder suspects. Such is the situation guests find themselves in at Mystery Café, America's original murder mystery dinner theater. Like the perfect crime, the idea behind Mystery Café is equal parts simple and brilliant. The line between dinner guest and audience member is blurred as a crew of potential murders attempts to evade suspicion by serving a delicious three-course meal. All the while, guests answer a series of questions based on their observations; at the end of the meal, the individual with the most correct answers wins. Popular though it may be, the mystery dinner is only one of several gut-busting comedy acts sponsored by Mystery Café. Another is ComedySportz Boston, a lightning-fast improv competition in which two teams vie for points by playing in a series of goofy improv games. Regularly held at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville, ComedySportz has all the elements you'd look for in a more traditional sport: breakneck speed, a rowdy audience, and a referee who governs the action and decides if the losers get to live.
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    175 North Street
    Boston, MA US

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