This family-owned and -operated establishment is one of the best places in the area for live music. You'll kick yourself if you don't at least check the lineup while you're in town. Johnny D's draws a congenial, low-key crowd for acts on international tours as well as artists who haven't been out of eastern Massachusetts. The music ranges from zydeco to rock, rockabilly to jazz, blues to ska. The veggie-friendly food's good, too; try the weekend brunch. The club, which opened in 1969, is worth a long trip, but it's only two stops past Harvard on the Red Line (about a 15-min. ride at night). Most shows are 21-plus; some are all ages. Open daily from 12:30pm to 1am. Brunch starts at 9am on weekends; dinner runs from 4:30 to 9:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, with lighter fare until 11pm. Tip: Make a dinner reservation, and you're guaranteed a seat for the show.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010