Sometimes the Saturday night Mt. Auburn rat race grows tiresome. Or maybe you’re blacklisted from that rat race. Either way, Central Square’s Enormous Room is a short walk away (or T ride for the morbidly lazy) and offers an entirely new scene. Located above Central Kitchen, the only sign of the club’s existence is a red elephant above the door and the occasional queue leading to it. Flash that ID, pay the $5 cover charge (unpredictably enforced), and climb the stairs to the Enormous Room’s ironically named space. Though intimate, the brick-walled club exudes an eclectic vibe that feels a little West Village. The crowd dancing on the club’s pillow-lined platforms is mixed—not as ancient as many Harvard Square venues, but certainly not as puerile as the Pudding. The inventive mixed drinks pack a punch, but are a tad pricey (most are $10), so consider sticking with the $4 beers if you’re trying to catch up with your fellow patrons. Walk back instead of cabbing it and you can squander the rest of your cash at the Kong.
569 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Central Square (Red).