Category Archives: Cocktails

Rooftop bar coming to new Southie hotel

Boston Cambria Hotel, Meyer Jabara Hotels Eater Boston reported last week that the new hotel going up in Southie just blocks from the South End line will have a rooftop bar, but don’t start making plans just yet because the hotel is not expected to open until early 2019.

Located just across from the Broadway Bridge which separates the South End from Southie, the hotel at 6 West Broadway will be part of a new condo complex with 159 rooms, a gym, and a rooftop bar. Specifics about the rooftop bar’s food and drink menus are not available but this section of Southie has a growing list of good restaurants (e.g. The Maiden and Worden Hall) so there is plenty of reason to have high hopes for this forthcoming watering hole that is stumbling distance from the South End and easily accessible to the Red Line.

Boston gay bars

gay bostonWith each new academic year, tens of thousands move to Boston for the first time. Unfortunately, Boston’s reputation for having a crappy nightlife if you are gay is painfully true but that doesn’t mean there are no gay bars or places to go.

Below is a list of venues that are currently active and worth checking out.

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Below is a listing of the remaining gay bars in Boston and Cambridge that I know about. Apologies for any bars I may have overlooked.

Boston Eagle 520 Tremont Street (South End) is not a leather bar despite its name. Often referred to as the Dirty Bird, this is one of Boston’s oldest running gay bars and mostly attracts an older crowd. Typically busiest after 12:30 / 1:00 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cathedral Station 1222 Washington Street (South End) is Boston’s gay sports bar. The large space gets most crowded on summer evenings when their patio is open and during big sporting events when many come to watch. Cathedral also offers free parking (a rarity in Boston).

Club Cafe 209 Columbus Ave (South End / Back Bay) is Boston’s most popular gay bar. While its Napoleon Room has cabaret music, most come to socialize at the front bar or to dance. Mostly attracts a 20 and 30-something crowd.

dbar 1236 Dorchester Ave (Dorchester) Boston’s first gay bar in Dorchester attracts a younger crowd typically from the Savin Hill n’hood. They feature fun theme nights like Show Tune Tuesday and seasonal Tea Dances.

Jacques Cabaret 79 Broadway Street (Bay Village) is Boston’s only drag bar with shows 7-days a week as well as the location for a bi-monthly kink / fetish party called Fascination.

Machine / Ramrod 1254 Boylston Street (Fenway / Kenmore) Once upon a time Ramrod was Boston’s best leather bar bot those days are no more. Upstairs is Rarmrod and downstairs is the dance club, Machine: dancing, drag and more are options on different days.

Paradise 180 Mass Ave (MIT/Central Sq in Cambridge) is a two level dance club that also hosts drag shows and has go go boys. Their biggest night is typically Saturday when Chris Harris hosts Saga Saturdays.

Peggy O’Neill’s 1312 Dorchester Ave (Dorchester) is a pub that has also transitioned into a gay bar to serve the growing gay population in the neighborhood. Their biggest nights are Thursdays and Saturdays when they host dance parties.

The Alley 14 Pi Alley (Downtown Crossing) is located down a pedestrian alley and is a favorite for Boston Bears and Cubs. Special monthly parties like FUZZ offer dancing but this is typically more of a bar than a disco with trivia nights, pool tables and darts.

Trophy Room 26 Chandler Street (South End) is the former home of Boston’s gay bar, Fritz,  and is located on the first floor of the Chandler Inn. The bar is a cross between a gay sports bar and bistro that gets a cross-section of all ages and is popular with guys in the Back Bay and South End.

The State’s task force on alcohol looks to update Massachusetts draconian laws

Do you think Massachusetts alcohol laws are draconian and need updating? The State’s task force wants to hear from you – but here is the catch if you want to join the task force’s five groups (focus areas) complete this online survey by noon on Friday, July 7, to apply for a position.

The task force will be asked to identify and remedy problem areas across five broad categories by working with people like you (if you’re interested) to discuss proposed recommendations and action items in the following areas:

  • Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) Operations and Resources
  • Industry Improvements
  • Licensing Process
  • Local Economic Development
  • Public Health, Safety and Prevention

More about the task force can be read here.

Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic is at Club Cafe, May 4th

gay boston, LGBT cocktail classic, Club CafeDo you love a great cocktail? Check out The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic – the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition – is next week. This is the fourth consecutive year the competition has come to Boston.  Shown above is last year’s winner, Luis Arzuaga, who proudly represented Boston in the national competition down in Key West, Florida.

Do you think you have what it takes and want to learn more or perhaps you are a cocktail enthusiast? Either way, mark the date in your calendar and head over to Club Cafe on Thursday, May 4th.

What: The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic – Boston competition
When: Thursday, May 4th from 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Where: Club Cafe
Details: RSVP Here

gay bostonAdmission to the event is free. Those who RSVP (see the link I included above) will also be eligible for the following:

  • The chance to win a trip to Key West Pride for two
  • Complimentary Stoli cocktails
  • The first 100 RSVP’d guests through the door upon check-in will receive a Stoli drink ticket plus a wrist band to sample all of the contestants cocktails and vote for their favorite bartender.

Opus Affair cocktail social tonight at Towne in Back Bay

Opus AffairLooking for something to do after work? Want to meet new, interesting people in Boston? Why not check out Opus Affair’s monthly cocktail social which takes place after work at Towne Stove & Spirits in the Back Bay?

There is no cost but Opus Affair does ask people to RSVP if possible so they can keep count and ensure the bar has enough staff – this group is very popular and attracts a large crowd. If you’re thinking of going RSVP – it takes just a minute.

Opus Affair Cocktail Social 6-9PM
Towne Stove & Spirits
900 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP – Yes, I’m Going

About: Opus Affair is a mix of artists and art appreciators who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene in Boston. Some come for serious networking, others come for fun. There’s no agenda—just a chance to have a few drinks with other like-minded folks. Bring some friends or come make some new ones.

Cheers: Mayor looks to add 152 new liquor licenses in Boston

Stella Patio PartyEarlier this week Mayor Marty Walsh office working in conjunction with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley would add another 152 non-transferable liquor licenses to the City of Boston over the next three years. The proposal would bring the following to Boston from 2017 to 2019:

-Ten citywide (seven all-alcohol licenses and three malt & wine) licenses a year, with no more than three a year able to go to Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and North End each (30 total)

-Five licenses (three all-alcohol and two malt & wine) a year, 15 per neighborhood over three years, for each of the following: Dorchester, E. Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill and Roxbury (105 total)

-Five licenses (three all-alcohol and two malt & wine) a year for Main Streets Districts (15 total) as well as one all-alcohol license for the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End (hooray!) And finally the Lawn on D would get one all-alcohol license.

More needs to be done to reform the State’s antiquated liquor licensing laws but this is a move in the right direction. You can read the full article from BostInno, here.

Madonna at the Isabella Stewart Gardner on Feb 16

boyfriendsThe Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hosting their monthly Third Thursdays at the Gardner next week. For those who are unfamiliar with this monthly party, the museum stays open after hours, brings in a DJ, and sets up a cash bar for people to meet and mingle.

This month the theme is Madonna. DJ DayGlow has created an all vinyl set for the courtyard inspired by divas and femmes, blending mainstream and underground electronic music from the past and future including the likes of: Madonna, Kate Bush, Prince, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and Grace Jones.

If you use The Welcoming Committee’s link below you can save a few bucks off the general admission price and read more about ISGM 3rd Thursdays.

3rd Thursday at the ISGM – Madonna