The Middle East





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Middle East Cambridge is a restaurant, bar and live music venue located in the city’s Central Square area. First opening its doors to the public in 1970 when it was a simple family-run Lebanese eatery, Middle East has gone from strength to strength over the years, and is now an award-winning venue, and a valuable addition to the already top-standard Boston dining and nightlife scene.

1975 was the year that saw the Cambridge venue expand its reach, purchasing an adjoining storefront which subsequently gave the hotspot the space to start incorporating live music and dancing into its operations. This 200 capacity area is now known as Upstairs at Middle East. In 1988, Downstairs at Middle East came into being when the venue purchased and converted an abandoned bowling alley in the building’s basement. World-class performers from a wide range of genres often come to play this 550-capacity space. The Corner and Zu Zu complete the Middle East Cambridge venue.

While it was the restaurant which started it all, and which to this day remains a delicious and highly regarded dining out option in the Boston area, Middle East Cambridge is arguably best known as a live music venue. The variety of performance spaces, each boasting excellent acoustics and state-of-the-art audio technology, allows for a wide range of genres and performers – from up and coming local acts, to already established international stars.

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472 Massachussets Avenue
Cambridge
Massachusetts, United States
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Latitude: 42.363752, Longitude: -71.101252
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The Middle East schedule:
2016-11-10 20:30:00 (Ended)The Ron Holloway BandFind Tickets
2016-12-05 18:00:00 (Ended)Copeland W/ Rae CassidyFind Tickets
2016-12-06 20:00:00 (Ended)Anderson Comedy Presents #Mideastcorn - 9pm 21+ FreeFind Tickets
2016-12-07 18:00:00 (Ended)Leedz Edutainment Presents: Blackbear *Sold Out*Find Tickets
2016-12-07 19:00:00 (Ended)Handsome GhostFind Tickets
2019-08-23 23:00:00SoDown (18+)Find Tickets
2019-08-29 21:00:00J. HolidayFind Tickets
2019-08-30 21:00:00J. HolidayFind Tickets

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mrfrinkles Has potential but they let too many people in for its size. Not sure how this club meets fire regulations. I'd rather see music in a venue where you might stand a chance of getting out if there was ever a fire. Oh yeah, and where you can enjoy the music. This place is not built for sound. It's like a small basement.
2009-09-20 17:24:52

ricsdelivers I love The Middle East in Cambridge. An excellent small setting for enjoying live music! Looking forward to the 6/27/08 performance of The Toadies!
2008-05-21 14:28:29

negnoir I like the Middle East, Boston, MASS
2008-05-10 19:50:10

claynferno BEST MIDSIZE MUSIC VENUE Kind of a no-brainer on this one. The MidEast has been around since 1970, and still reigns supreme as Boston's best rock and/or roll joing. With a downstairs, an upstairs, cheap covers, and delicious food, it's the time-honored favorite of hipsters, metalheads, folkies, b-boys and people in black jeans. It's a music lover's place - no frills, loud and clear sound, lots of Bud, and belly dancing on Sundays. At the end of the night there's a line of cabs waiting to glide you back home, the closing set still echoing in your head and Hi-Fi pizza on your breath. -- From the First Annual DigThis Awards 2005, THE WEEKLY DIG BEST ROCK CLUB "'Middle East' is a loaded term these days, but in Cambridge, Middle East denotes nothing more - and nothing less - than the finest indie-rock shows around. Politics aren't forgotten (indeed, the club has hosted a variety of fundraisers and benefits for pro-voting and anti-Bush causes) , but here at this Central Square stalwart of local, up-and-coming, and underground rock, with bands such as Luna, Fly Seville, Pedro the Lion, and Isis, music wins the popular vote. With three spaces for live music, a restaurant, and a couple of bars, the Middle East occupies its Mass Ave corner exactly as it should, winning our readers' favor year after year." -- Boston Phoenix Best of 2004 BEST HIP-HOP CLUB "Still the premier place to hear indie rock, the Middle East also has garnered a reputation for serving up the cream of the indie hip-hop crop. Voted best hip-hop club by our readers for the third year running, the Middle East has played host to Mr. Lif, 7L & Esoteric, Los Nativos, Jedi Mind Tricks, Killah Priest, Outerspace, Irepress, Masta Killah, and Jake the Snake, to name a few. The Middle East has no rival when it comes to underground hip-hop." -- Boston Phoenix Best of 2004 HISTORY: The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub consists of three live-music performance rooms, two family-style restaurants with full-service bars, and an elegant restaurant named ZuZu (the childhood nickname of one of the proprieters). Several of the rooms also serve as art galleries, offering a fresh showcase for local and international artists on a monthly basis. Both the staff and the customers are an international mix of musicians, students, townspeople and professionals. For more information and concert listings, visit http://www.mideastclub.com
2008-03-20 10:18:20

FatLittleParasite All I have to say is... that it's the best, best, best!
2008-03-20 10:18:20

BOSTONCATONE Tighteyez need to hit up the bean,thats nikka spits the tRuth!
2008-03-20 10:18:20