visiting for the first or the fifteenth time,
Boston imbues visitors and residents alike with a patriotic
spirit and a sense of American enchantment. It’s one of the few big
cities where GLBTs are offered equal rights as first class citizens
and live relatively hassle free from bigotry and bullshit. While the
nerds hit the books and the heretics hit the “packies” (liquor
stores), Boston’s more seasoned, post-pubescent residents revel in
the city’s endless choices for kick-ass dining, adult-style binge
drinking, and those “wicked pisser” nights. Below are the best
places to party like a rock star in summer 2010 (before the 2am
curfew quells your fun)!
28 Degrees - Named
after the ideal temperature for martinis, 28 degrees is a sexy South
End bar, trendy enough for the muscle hotties but not so pretentious
that is scares away the lesbos. The true “gay night” of this bar and
restaurant combo is Thursdays before going to Estate, but all other
nights of the week the crowd is mixed and pleasant, with a VJ
spinning pop favorites via ubiquitous TV screens. In spring and
summer, prepare to claw another queen’s eyes out to get a seat on
the front patio, an ideal spot for enjoying the super strong
cocktails and talking shit about the people passing by.
Club Cafe - Probably the most popular gay bar in
Boston, Club Café has been packing the house since the mid1990s and
shows no signs of stopping. Recently renovated in February 2010,
Club Café is looking to for a sixth win as “Best of Boston Gay Bar.”
The mediocre restaurant at the front of the complex boasts a cozy
bar, popular seven nights a week. On the weekends, the Club part of
Club Café opens up, with two expansive back rooms blasting pop music
and bringing together Boston’s cutest nerds, seaside rough trade,
and middle aged professionals. To avoid the new $5 cover and
ridiculous lines on Fridays and Saturdays, simply get a membership
card from their website. A must try on any visit to Boston.
dbar - Boston’s latest “Best of Boston” winner
flaunts its coveted honor in full glory steadily crowded seven
nights a week. In the heart of Boston’s new Dorchester gayborhood
(in Fields Corner), dbar is cool without pretense and the most
talked about gay bar in Boston. The food and drinks are equally
awesome, offering an amazing wine selection and kick ass, yummy
cocktails. Show Tunes Tuesdays cannot be missed and all
self-respecting gay men should venture to Dot Ave on Friday or
Saturday to be seen at dbar.
Epic Saturdays at House of Blues - The live music venue
transforms into a gay dance hall late Saturday nights, with a shirts
off, high-energy throw down. Occupying the space of the former
nightclub, Avalon, Epic Saturdays brings the gays back to Lansdowne
Street. Reclaiming the Saturday night Buzz and Roxy crowd, the House
of Blues is the best place to dance your ass off on Saturday night
and meet a hot, sweaty guy in the process.
Glamlife Thursdays @ the Estate - The fabulous, double
story Estate nightclub hosts Glamlife Thursdays, the favorite of
Boston’s trendy crowd, fashionistas, and plentiful college students.
The incredible sound system penetrates through your body and the
young (sometimes virginal) crowd is eager to impress and to flirt.
The cover charge can be avoided by arriving before 11 or getting a
free entrance pass from the bar 28 degrees (most important for broke
college boys so they don’t have to resort to porn to pay for their
heretic ways). www.theestateboston.com
Queer Bar Movement - Following in the footsteps of other
big cities, the Guerilla Queer Bar (GQB) movement arrives in Boston.
Just days before the first Friday of each month, the movement’s
leaders announce a straight venue (via their website) for a hostile
homo take-over. The bar’s reaction is often as intriguing as the
Jacque's Cabaret - Once you get past the misplaced
apostrophe, Jacque’s Cabaret is the ultimate in Boston drag
entertainment. For decades, the cabaret bar has hosted Boston’s
finest and most tragic ladies seven nights a week. Many come for
nightly shows and performances, but it’s also possible just to hang
out and have a drink with your favorite gender illusionists around
the bar. Jacque’s is also popular with the straights, especially for
bachelorette parties, and those young Bostonians having their first
“I’m in a gay bar, I’m so cool” experience. Boston divas and
showstoppers, Mizery and Kris Knievel, often host the evening at
Jacque’s. There is admission fee 7 nights a week - $10 Friday &
Saturday, $6 Sunday to Thursday.
Ramrod - Like most Ramrods, Boston’s outpost caters to
the hardcore leather scene, looking for musky, hairy men in rawhide,
and perhaps a hot pair of chaps. The once strictly enforced leather
policy has been loosened a bit, leaving the hardcore Ramrodders
disappointed while pleasing the leather “light” crowd. This is the
kind of Police Academy Blue Oyster Bar, YMCA hangout that several
college fraternities use as a hazing ground, pushing young freshmen
to spend a night at the bar and have their picture taken with the
bartender (another example the soft-core homoerotica of the whole
frat hazing process, but I digress.) Overall, Ramrod still attempts
to stay true to its core – no bullshit, real men looking for real
men, and all the body fluids that come with a real man.
Liberty Hotel and
Nine Zero are two exceptionally gay friendly hotels, close to
all the Boston action.
The full skinny on Boston bars and clubs and other major
international cities can be found at
www.out.com (look for Out City
Guides) or downloading Out Iphone/Itouch “on the go” city guides for
www.out.com/iphone or directly from your Iphone.