Midway Cafe US Map & Phone & Address

3496 Washington St. Jamaica Plain; 524-9038

This JP watering hole serves up blues, rock, and R & B every night, with a blues jam on Sundays and a jazz jam on Tuesdays. There is a $2 cover on Friday and Saturday nights; other shows are free, and they serve beer from seven local microbreweries.

Plough and Stars

912 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge; (617) 492-9653

This sounds as though it should be another fine Irish music pub, named as it is after the famous O’Casey play; but in fact, it’s good ol’ American rock n roll spoken here. The owner, who is from Dublin, says flippantly, There’s no such thing as an American bar in Ireland; why should there be an Irish bar in America? Fortunately for the rest of us, other proprietors disagree. Meanwhile, this is a popular neighborhood hangout, boisterous and crowded at night. Live bands play folk, reggae, blues, and rock every night of the week. There’s only a cover charge on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and it’s a mere $2. What’s more, if you come in before 9 P.M. they don’t charge the cover at all! Great beers on tap.

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