The Boston Eagle has closed

Another gay bar in Boston bites the dust. The space formerly occupied by the Boston Eagle is now for rent.

I started getting texts about four weeks ago that the Boston Eagle (a.k.a. “The Dirty Bird”) had closed and was for rent. After doing a little digging I was able to confirm it is for rent. The lease for the 1,400 sq. foot bar also comes with the use of a license for food, entertainment and liquor until 2:00 AM.

The Boston Eagle has been operating for more than 40 years but for more than a decade, the bar was probably best known as a last stop before heading home for the night. The bar was typically busiest between 12:30 – 2:00 AM, after which many would comment on the “sidewalk sale” that would spill out on to Tremont Street as people would forgo looking for “Mr. Right” and settle for “Mr. Right Here, Right Now”.

The bar also proved to be confusing for many out of town gay visitors since many gay bars called The Eagle, cater to the leather crowd. However, The Boston Eagle was always, first and foremost a neighborhood bar, catering to all who could weather the withering stare from Jack the bartender. Whatever happens next I hope it will remain such and that after it is rented and reopens the LGBTQ crowd will move in to make it their own all over again.

RIP – Boston Eagle

7 responses to “The Boston Eagle has closed

  1. I loved the scene in “Ted 2” where Jay Leno came out of the men’s room!

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  2. I just drove by the bar. I got out and looked in the bar. Nothing is changed. Everything is still on the walls. The Eagle is still over the door on the outside. I could see on the table by the pin ball machine had a scrabble game in play. And old coffee cups keeping the game company.

    Nothing is out of place

    I looked on line and none of the real estate sites have it for sale or rent. No sign in the window saying for sale or rent. I did see on other recommendation sites that the bar is (in all caps) temporarily closed.

    Remember Jack owns the building. He isn’t going to close until he wants to or they take him out the front door boots first.

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  3. I just drove by the bar. I got out and looked in the bar. Nothing is changed. Everything is still on the walls. The Eagle is still over the door on the outside. I could see on the table by the pin ball machine had a scrabble game in play. And old coffee cups keeping the game company.

    Nothing is out of place

    I looked on line and none of the real estate sites have it for sale or rent. No sign in the window saying for sale or rent. I did see on other recommendation sites that the bar is (in all caps) temporarily closed.

    Remember Jack owns the building. He isn’t going to close until he wants to or they take him out the front door boots first.

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  4. Dude. I was just informed the bar is not closed, it is not for lease. Please clarify.

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  5. I really disliked the Eagle-for one very specific reason 😉 However I’m so very sorry we’re losing yet another space. It’s so weird that a city like Boston can’t support it’s Gay Bars (I’ll use the old term in this context). It’s a sign of a changed dynamic no doubt, but very sad for those of us “of a certain age”.

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