Beat Hotel in Harvard Square

Beat Hotel jazz

Beat Hotel is home to the sounds of jazz, blues, soul, and world music. Photo by Tom Marcello.

In his iconic 1955 poem “Howl,” Allen Ginsberg writes about “the best minds of [his] generation…who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish, / who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tail borsht & tortillas dreaming of the pure vegetable kingdom.”

Luckily for us, there were some beat poets and jazz musicians of the ’50s and ’60s who were able to come up with something better than gibberish, and it is this legacy that gives us Beat Hotel in Cambridge.

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Beat Hotel cocktails

Cocktails at Beat Hotel. Photo by Michael Korcuska.

Don’t be fooled by its name: Beat Hotel does not offer rooms to rent for the night. Opened just over a year ago, Beat Hotel is an American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square.

Inspired by the hippie and beat movements, it was established as the sister restaurant to The Beehive in Boston’s South End (which made Downbeat Magazine’s list as one of the “Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World”).

Beat Hotel has live music every day that covers a range of genres, from jazz, to blues, to world music. First, though, let’s talk about the food.

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