The Middle East
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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