As a rural market town, Boston has long been known for its lively nightlife, with villagers from surrounding communities flocking to its taverns for centuries. Here’s our selection of the best places to try.
Nightlife in Boston
Tucked away in a cobbled back street in the medieval centre of Boston is the family-run Goodbarns Yard, which boasts an attractive beer garden by the River Witham as well as bar food ranging from Wexford chicken to hickory burgers.
The Moon under Water occupies a prominent position near the old town bridge and offers views over the river and towards Boston Stump. The site has previously been used as various shops and the town's head post office and is now part of the Wetherspoon chain.
If you want to sample the local ale, then make a beeline for one of the many pubs serving Batemans, brewer just down the road in Wainfleet. Two of your best bets are The Mill and The Ball House, both of which are within easy walking distance of our Boston hotel and have popular bar menus.
Slightly further out of town is the Malcolm Arms, a great place to stop off if you’re cycling on the Water Rail Way path towards Lincoln or on a river Boston Belle riverboat trip.
Clubs in Boston
Just a couple of miles further along the river is the Witham and Blues at Langrick Bridge, which brings a touch of American glitz and glamour to sleepy Lincolnshire, from the menus inspired by the US of A to the New York City yellow cab on display outside!
Closer to the town centre, it’s well worth visiting Church Keys Wine Bar, which was opened in 2015 in a historic 16th-century building previously used as everything from a Thai restaurant to a photography studio. It’s thought its unusual name dates back to when the Boston Stump keys were left there for safekeeping.
One of the biggest names on the Boston nightlife scene is The Assembly Rooms, which has several rooms including a Vibe Lounge and Ballroom plus a VIP Rooftop. Its most popular events are its regular Project Saturday nights, which offer free entry before midnight.
Alternatives nightspots are the Pirana Cocktail and Dance Bar, which aims to introduce a tropical touch to weekends in Boston.
If neither of those tickle your fancy, you can always fall back on The Gliderdrome, which runs popular retro DJ evenings.