Sitting unassuming at the corner of Mass Ave and Columbus, WALLY’S CAFE, famed hole-in-the-wall jazz spot, around since 1947, adheres to a trio of principles: every night of the year, jazz will be heard; a cover charge, it won’t be charged; the beer, it will be served cold. It ain’t glamorous, but it is awesome. Its low-key cool comes from the musicians and the clientele — it’s the rare Boston spot where black and white mix. Jazz giants (Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Greg Osby, and Roy Hargrove) got their start here, and new musicians regularly cut their teeth.
WALLY’S CAFE | 427 Mass Ave, Boston | 617.424.1408 | wallyscafe.com