Atmosphere – Noir means black in french, and the venue stays true to its name. Noir Cambridge is very dimly lit and intimate feeling inside. The lighting and the ambiance is super sexy and the darkness does not bother me at all. It almost feels like you’re doing something wrong when you’re in there. The space is rather small and is characterized by its dark brown, almost black finished wood, red backlighting, black leather seating and candlelit tables. Also holding true to the cinematic term “Film Noir,” there are retro movies being projected on to exposed brick. The music can get loud in Noir Cambridge, but not too loud to hold a conversation.
Address – 1 Bennett St. Camridge, MA 02138
Phone Number – 617-661-8010
Parking – 20 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square Parking Garage)
Closes – 2am
Similar Bars – Upscale Bars
Surrounding Bars – Boston Outskirts
Dress Code – Medium (Very nice place so dress classy and a little casual if you’d like)
Cover Charge – No
Sports on TV – No
Crowd – Mostly 30s and 40s. Older, sophisticated crowd.
Music – The music differs. Usually it’s something trendy, indie or a playlist of a certain popular artist.
Line – No
Dancing – No
Guy to Girl Ratio – 50/50
My Opinion – Noir Cambridge‘s claim to fame right now is their Mad Men themed parties (I like the originality.) You can go and catch the show and people all around will be dressed up in their neatest 50s office attire, slicked hair, tailored suits, pocket squares and all. Drink prices are steap (mine were $13) but their cocktails are delicious. If you are a guy and want to look cool, come here for romantic drinks with a significant other, or a potential significant other. Just so you understand the Noir reference in the atmosphere, I put the definition below. Your welks!
Film Noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography.