A lot has changed on Mass Ave., but this jam-packed “home for vinyl” since 1954 remains a throwback to the era when everyone had a record player. Also available: CDs and concert tees.
Cheapo Records, 538 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
Nerds and non-nerds alike will like it here. Press buttons to see smile-inducing robotics, view eerie holograms, marvel at Polaroid-camera prototypes, study yacht designs and more. Adult admission is $10.
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
The Middle East Nightclub
Tucked under its namesake restaurant, this independent and unadorned basement club features rising artists of rock, ska, hip-hop and more. Past acts include Mumford & Sons and Eminem. Standing only.
The Middle East Nightclub, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
Stop to gaze at the eye-catching 80-foot graffiti display in a walkway leading to a parking lot. The art on one side changes at artists’ whims; the other is a photo panel of residents posted by the city.
565-567 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
Pandemonium Books & Games
Drop in the game room any day of the week at this sci-fi and fantasy shop. Operating for 30 years, the store sells new games and classics, and it boasts an impressive book selection and game library.
Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
It’s not just the dual-sided fireplace exuding warmth in this new, Italian-ish trattoria. The antique bar features craft cocktails, and the menu offers surprisingly clever flavors. A magical neighborhood spot.
Pammy’s, 928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
Retro and lively, this restaurant glorifies early Hollywood — which is immediately evident by the extravagant exterior. The food is small plates of global fare. Watch out for the waitresses’ feather headdresses.
Cuchi Cuchi, 795 Main St., Cambridge, Mass. 02139