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llston is, hands down, Boston’s most underrated neighborhood. And the hipsters who inhabit it prefer things that way. Among other things, it helps keep rents at the levels that attract small, edgy businesses, including great, cheap ethnic restaurants. Allston is home to some of the best Italian outside of the North End and some of the best Chinese that’s not in Chinatown. There are hookah bars, private karaoke studios, independent coffee shops, funky diners, great bars, hot music, and (thanks to all those college kids), a lot of places that serve late-night munchies. So take advantage of Allston before it becomes Harvard’s satellite campus. Here are 25 great ways to start:
Where to karaoke only with your closest friends
Friendly, homestyle Italian—that’s not in the North End
A hidden, home-style Taiwanese standout
Have some pop-culture fun with your breakfast.
A high-end wholesaler takes its coffee straight to you.
Great bread from a hidden-away bakery
Grab a drink at Al Capone’s bar.
A little-noticed patio behind a crowded Allston bar
Hookah and hummus in an exotic basement tea room
A taste of Texas in a Boston neighborhood
Where you can eat like a future CEO
Forget Rock Band. Come play Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo.
Authentic Chinese—but not in Chinatown
A vintage clothing shop that also sells home goods
A robust competition in a sport you’d never guess
A cool place to study—or not
Asian cuisine for vegetarians that’s actually good
The mother of all munchies menus
Where to get your doughnut fix—at 4 a.m.
Fine wines for tasting—and you’ll never believe where
At this restaurant, you create your own Italian meal.
Funky frozen yogurt with self-serve toppings
A weekend hot spot with great live music midweek
An unassuming venue for great indie music
A gold mine of classic vinyl