Boston College: GREAT SCOTT
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
T: Harvard Avenue (Green Line B)
It’s hard not to feel sorry for the bands that play at Great Scott. The inattentive audience is transfixed either by the TVs blaring around the bar or by the pick-up lines being seductively thrown at them by the opposite sex.
While the band makes some damn fine music, the predominantly BC jock crowd—dragging BC girls in small shirts and tight pants behind them—concentrates on finding a late-night mate. Still, waitress service makes getting a drink quicker and easier than it ever was at the Grille and $1 drafts on Wednesday nights make the price right.
Equivalent Harvard bar: The bygone Crimson Sports Grille with live music and some real live upperclassmen.
Tufts: THE BURREN
247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
While the façade and quiet front room resemble those of a traditional Irish pub, the back bar and its dance floor are quite another scene. Tufts students and a few locals relax at some of the readily available tables in the front room; those who wish to see and be seen make their way through the line to the back room, where backwards white baseball caps abound. The young clientele and pushy mob around the bar may remind some upperclassmen of nights at the late Crimson Sports Grille, particularly as Tufts girls dressed to the nines sashay around Tufts guys pretending not to notice.
Elbows may have to be thrown to get a table, but a better bet is standing and swaying to the music radiating from the back room. Every Thursday night features live eighties music, though be warned: it’s the same eighties band every Thursday, so be prepared to live on a prayer week in and week out.
Equivalent Harvard bar: Hong Kong, with sportier attire and a cover band
MIT: THE THIRSTY EAR
305 Memorial Dr. (located in the basement of Ashdown House), Cambridge