Boston’s Best Gay Bars

January 9, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Machine/Facebook)

With Boston being such a major metropolitan city, it almost goes without saying that its populous enjoys a wide variety, consisting of folks from all walks of life. As such, Boston also benefits from being a welcoming city for the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community, offering plenty of bars and clubs at which people can meet, talk and drink. Here are five of Boston’s best gay bars.
(Photo from Jacque’s Cabaret/Facebook)

(Photo from Jacque’s Cabaret/Facebook)

Jacque’s Cabaret
79 Broadway
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-8902

Jacque’s Cabaret is a drag queen venue located on Broadway that has served as an attraction not only from the gay community, but also for straight ladies, lesbians and bachelorette parties who are simply looking for a great show, filled to the brim with colorful characters and incredible scenery. The drinks are also quite stiff here at Jacque’s Cabaret, obviously to smooth out the fun loving ‘n loose atmosphere, yet this place is a bit more than just a bar, it is an evening destination for groups of friends, small or large!

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(Photo from Machine/Facebook)

(Photo from Machine/Facebook)

1254 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-1950

Machine Boston has proven to be a popular destination for many of Boston’s gay, lesbian, bi and transgender community, particularly when Pride Day comes into town, with Machine serving as a go-to post-Pride after party spot. Machine has been kicking around the city for quite some time, employing and entertaining a number of the city’s older gay community while at the same time offering up a little bit of history and longevity for the younger crowd. Granted, there may be a bit of a generation gap amongst some of the customers, yet the fact that Machine has served the populous for so long is something deserving of respect.

(Photo credit: Fritz/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Fritz/Facebook)

Fritz Lounge
26 Chandler St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-4428

The South End spot known as the Fritz Lounge offers up tasty food (including breakfast) to go alongside its stiff cocktails and Bloody Marys, competitively pricing its fare while never skimping on quality or service. The Fritz Lounge attracts a wide variety of customers from both the gay and straight community – which may not be to everyone’s taste – yet it’s this gay bar-via-sports bar type of atmosphere that contributes to its accessibility to all walks of life. The Fritz Lounge is a unique, one-of-a-kind joint which bears some investigation.

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Photo Credit: Club Cafe Boston via Facebook

Photo Credit: Club Cafe Boston via Facebook

Club Cafe
209 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-0966

Club Cafe has a lot to offer the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community in Boston when it comes to holding a wide variety of entertainment on any given night. Dancing and drinks are the main selling points for Club Cafe – despite harboring a slightly higher-than-usual price tag – yet Club Cafe also employs plenty of theme nights, including trivia nights and “Drag Bingo,” a popular attraction no matter what day or time. Dance music, beats and popular radio hits are the order of the day here, promising fun and frivolity long into the evening hours.

The Boston Eagle
520 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-4494

A dive bar is a universal sort of thing, the type of joint which transcends sexual orientation, with The Boston Eagle serving as the prime culprit for the city’s gay, lesbian, bi and transgender community. Don’t expect to be coddled emotionally at this sort of joint. The Boston Eagle has been kicking around forever, and makes no apologies for its status as a last-call haven, somewhere to escape the noise, hustle and bustle to just enjoy a cold drink. Still, The Boston Eagle’s history amongst the community shouldn’t be denied, and this is a perfect, no-frills spot to hit at the end of the night.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at

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