For live music in the Boston area, there’s the Middle East, and then there’s everywhere else. The club enjoys a well-deserved reputation for booking the best local, national, and international performers in every genre—rock, hip-hop, ska, reggae, jazz, blues, funk, you name it—and attracting large, savvy crowds every night of the week. Also here are the Corner, which books acoustic shows and belly dancers, and ZuZu (www.zuzubar.com), a Middle Eastern restaurant with a separate calendar. Most shows are 18-plus; ZuZu is 21-plus.
The Middle East
472–480 Massachusetts Ave (at Brookline St.), Central Sq., Cambridge.
Our Rating Transportation T: Red Line to Central Phone 617/864-3278 or 866/777-8932 (TicketWeb) Prices Cover $8–$25 (usually $15 or less; ZuZu cover free to $7) Web site The Middle East