Guide To Boston’s Gay And Lesbian Scene

October 26, 2010 5:08 PM

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gaybars Guide To Bostons Gay And Lesbian Scene


Boston has a wide variety of options for those looking for a fun night out. The fun isn’t confined to just one neighborhood; there’s plenty to offer all around the city and on different nights of the week.


14 Pi Alley @ 275 Washington St.
Boston MA 02116

A casual place to meet old and new friends, tucked away in Boston’s Financial District. It can be cruisy, but is a popular stop for the afternoon cocktail crowd.

Club Café

209 Columbus Ave
Boston MA 02116

The recently renovated Club Cafe in the South End has been entertaining Boston for more than two decades. The video club in back is usually the must go location on weekend nights and is usually packed. The renovations include a dance floor. “”CC” or ‘club so-gay” is the place to see and be seen.


1254 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02215

A multi-level club with multiple bars, Machine offers something for everyone. One room is a casual video bar with several pool tables. In the next room you’ll find a whole different scene as a DJ plays the latest dance and house music which fills up the big dance floor. Upstairs and in the back you’ll find Ramrod, for those who like men and leather. If you’re not wearing any leather, be prepared to take your shirt off!


180 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02163

A short trip across the Charles River you’ll find the new Paradise. The two-level club has been recently renovated touting a bigger downstairs dance floor. Upstairs is the place where you’ll find dancers performing 7 days a week.


520 Tremont Street
Boston MA 02216

Located in the South End, the Eagle is one of Boston’s premiere cruise bars, featuring a neighborhood crowd. It’s a friendly place to meet new people and to play some pool. The Eagle is most popular late at night before last call.


1 Boylston Place
Boston MA 02116

In the Threater District you’ll find what’s dubbed “Boston’s Original Gay Hip Hop and Top 40’s Party.” It’s a popular destination for Thursday nights.


26 Chandler Street
Boston MA 02116

Fritz is one of the most causal sports bars around and with multiple video screens, you’ll usually find a game you want to watch. Fritz is a big sponsor of some of the gay sports leagues and often plays host to their functions and get-togethers. Despite having a tiny kitchen, you’ll find they serve up a great brunch as well.


100 Warrenton Street
Boston MA 02116

Looking for something to do on a Wednesday night? Then check on Latin Night at Rumor in the Theater District. It’s Boston’s longest running Latin Night.


1236 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester MA 02125
617 265-4490

A short trip down Dorchester Avenue, you’ll find one of the area’s most popular hang-outs. The former Irish pub is now a trendy full service restaurant which transforms into a nightclub & lounge after 10pm.

Midway Café

3496 Washington Street
Jamaica Plain MA

Just for the ladies, Thursday night is Ladies night at the Midway Cafe. Come check out the crowd. You won’t be disappointed and rock out to your favorite 80’s tune.

Epic Saturdays (@ House of Blues)

15 Lansdowne Street
Boston MA 02215

On Saturday nights, on the site of infamous Avalon, Boston’s House of Blues becomes Epic for the night with the biggest gay dance party around featuring house DJs. On some Saturdays HOB may be reserved for private functions so it’s good to check on line in advance.

Hot Mess Sundays (@ Underbar)

275 Tremont Street
Boston MA

Not working Monday or just looking for more fun to round out your weekend? Check out the “messiest night of mashup music from the 80, 90s and today” at Underbar.

Tuesdays at ZuZu!

427 Mass Ave
Cambridge MA 02139

Looking for progressive club culture you can’t find anywhere else? Zulu offers up a queer-trans-hetero space featuring some of the city’s bravest up and coming talent.

Verve Lounge

811 Mass Ave
Boston MA 02118

It’s not well known and it’s not in a place the regulars would usually think of heading to, but on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month you’ll find a Tea Dance at Verve Lounge inside Rudi’s Resto Cafe & Bar. Parking is available at the public garage off Melnea Cass Blvd

Fran’s Place

776 Washington St
Lynn MA

Just a little north of Boston you’ll find Fran’s. A popular hang-out with the largest dance floor in Lynn. Not looking to dance all night? The bar has two pool tables, video games, a flat screen TV and a digital jukebox.

47 Central Ave.

47 Central Ave.
Lynn MA 01901

47 Central Ave offers up dance music on the weekends, pool and keno during the week.


306 Stuart Street
Boston MA 02116

Rise is Boston’s after-hours club. While the rest of the city closes up at 2 a.m., Rise is just waking up. It’s a membership club, which means you need to know someone to sponsor you in the door. Your best bet is to go out to Club Café, Paradise, or Machine and find someone who is headed to Rise. The first floor is a lounge and the second floor is where you’ll find a pulsing, raving dance floor. No alcohol is sold.

Jacque’s Cabaret

79 Broadway St.
Boston MA 02116

You like dressing up? How about dressing up in drag? Check out the only place in Boston to see a true drag show. There’s always something to see at Jacque’s every night of the week.

Randolph Country Club

44 Mazzeo Drive
Randolph MA 02368

Leave your golf clubs at home. Located south of Boston, RCC is a popular place for men in the summer. Come early to grab a chair and pick the right spot to hang-out around the big in-ground pool. At night all year round, RCC is a fun laid-back place to meet friends for drinks, dance and maybe try some karaoke.

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