One of the most spectacular aspects of living in a metropolitan city like Boston Massachusetts is that sense of multiculturalism. There is nowhere else you will find such a feeling. A sense that there is a place and room for everyone in the whole city in which to fit and be just themselves. This sense of multiculturalism and sensibility definitely applies to all Boston’s gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender population, for which there are a lot of bars at which to have a meeting with family and friends.
In addition, Boston is famous for its many ordinary, friendly, charming neighborhoods, and full of college students. This city may not have an enormous number of bars for gay but it does have good variety – a mix of dance bars, neighborhood pubs, and appealing lounges tucked inside spectacular restaurants.
Below are some of the best Gay Bars in Boston.
Cathedral Station – gay sports bar is a friendly, and casual gay sports bar found on Washington Street at the South End. Cathedral Station is a laid-back venue for socializing with fellow LGBT baseball, basketball, football, and other sports lovers and fans. Although, of course, it isn’t a must that you should be a huge sports fan to enjoy Cathedral Station’s nice spacious patio, with tasty brunches on Monday and weekend holidays (much good has been already said regarding the salmon eggs Benedict), and its similar nosh-worthy pub fare every evening. The food at Cathedral Station is a few cuts above what anyone would typically find at other gay bars. This is perhaps one of the main reasons why the crowd here is electric. It is also, a very nice spot to eat as to drink.
A much loved quintessential South End restaurant with an enormous gay crowd and some of the most delicious contemporary American food (with some Asian influences) in town. The Franklin Café is located in the on 278 Shawmut Avenue. This Café is an intimate grill and bar along the trendy Shawmut Ave. It is among the few full-service restaurants in Boston where can have your dinner. Also, the little bar which is sophisticated is a terrific venue to socialize and mingle with cute gals and guys from the surrounding neighborhoods. Franklin Café is a short walk from the renowned gay bars as the Trophy Room and Boston Eagle, and it is not that far from other superb cafeterias in the South End.
Probably no bar for gay people in Boston City is more popular than Club Café. The Club Café Lounge and Video Bar is located at 209 Columbus Avenue. It consists of popular, loud, cruise and bustling club for gay; a more relaxed and friendly video lounge; and an adjacent spectacular restaurant that is a favorite spot for gay- date, serving very delicious contemporary American meals. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays this bar tends to the busiest nights in the video bar which attracts generally preppy, professional crowd of guys. In the lounge which is open nightly, you will be happy to find a quieter ambiance. In case you are in the city looking to meet locals, and you can stand the intermittently cliquey vibe in the video bar. This bar is a must for all gay-bar-hoppers. It’s near the corner from the many gay-friendly establishments in the South End, like Chandler Inn Hotel’s Trophy Room gay sports bar.
The South End’s own uncomfortably cozy, delightfully raffish, yet undeniably festive gay bar by the name Boston Eagle could be referred as the “gay Cheers” of Boston. The smallish place with a pool table and serving inexpensive (and strong) drinks can get a big or mightily crowd towards the end of every evening, when both tourists and locals on the make come together to see who’s around. Just like other Eagle pubs, Boston Eagle – gay bar had something of a leather following back in the day, but today it draws a varied, most of which are males of all ages. The bar is just down Tremont a short way from Emilio’s Subs, a nice bet for a late snack.
You will need to drive approximately three to four miles south towards Dorchester Avenue to reach the swanky DBar – gay bar/restaurant. A mixed gay-straight supper lounge and club that serves provides wonderful French-inspired comfort meal at dinner prior to morphing into chichi cocktail spot later in the evenings. On Tuesdays, DBar is the best place to be, featuring show tunes, are especially popular with the gays, but there is always an amazing mix of folks in here, and gays and lesbians will feel just right at home. This bar is a reflection of the overall changes to this working-class Irish immigrant strongholds who transformed this place from the old-school Irish bar into the present spectacular DBar. Besides, Dorchester is probably the most famous in the culture as the hometown of New Kids on the Block and Marky Mark. In more recent times, Dorchester Avenue has seen an influx of Latinos, African Americans, and Asians, as well as growing number of lesbians and gays.
The peaceful little Back Bay neighborhood of Bay Village may be known for its charming, lamp-lit streets and modest brick townhouses, but it’s also home to the wildest drag shows in town. Seven days a week at Jacque’s Cabaret, you can see the most glamorous showgirls from New England and beyond. Watch as they cajole, charm and, if necessary, blackmail dollars from the audience with virtuosic displays of glamor, talent, and double-sided tape. You’ll find the crowd equally compelling: On a recent night, attendees included a group of Harvard grad students, off-duty strippers, rowdy suburban bachelorettes, and a drunk couple from Lowell who passed out at the bar. It’s an insider’s legend and a helluva good time. Just remember to get there early, because this neighborhood bar closes promptly at midnight.