3. The Brahmin
Don't be fooled by the stuffy name: this Back Bay bar/lounge is not your grandfather's watering hole. The artwork and decor may be on the vintage side, yet the atmosphere is anything but. Friday and Saturday nights turn into a raucous scene with DJs spinning club beats and groups of girlfriends dancing around (or on) tables, or spilling out on to the outdoor patio in Summer.
33 Stanhope St., Bay Village (617-723-3131).