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What to do this weekend

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night w/ Daddy Dave @8PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party 8PM & Casual Friday w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
SATURDAY: Underbear w/ DJ Taffy @9PM
SUNDAY: Bearaoke Night @8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Taco Thursday w/ Pride Sports (come and get’em) 5PM-10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party w/ Harlow Havoc @8PM & Friday Feels w/ Twisted Gleam @10PM
SATURDAY: Mayhem Saturdays w/ DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Brunch (reservations req’d, here)

Cathedral Station
THURSDAY: No programming – Kitchen & Bar open
FRIDAY: Celtics vs. Suns @7:30PM
SATURDAY: No programming – Kitchen & Bar open
SUNDAY: NFL No programming – Kitchen & Bar open

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Discoteca Musica w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone @10PM
SATURDAY: Dance your ass off w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Brunch (make reservation here) @11AM | CommuniTEA party w/ DJ Aga @4PM

dbar
FRIDAY: Karaoke w/ DJ Bobby Knight @10PM
SATURDAY: Magic Mike Last Dance w/ DJ Joe Bermudez @10PM
SUNDAY: Tea Dance w/ DJ Begbick @4PM

Jacques Cabaret
THURSDAY: Now That’s What I Call A Drag Show hosted by Crystal Crawford
FRIDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Dee De Ray
SATURDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Destiny
SUNDAY: Sunday Fun Day – Open Mic night w/ Mitzzy @7PM

Legacy & Candibar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve! Thursday w/ DJ Coleslaw @10PM
FRIDAY: Bussdown Friday w/ DJ Frenchy @10PM
SATURDAY: Saturday at Legacy w/ DJ Guy Scheiman @10PM
SUNDAY: Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar @10PM

ManRay / Campus
THURSDAY: Campus (19+) w/ DJ Brian Halligan @10PM
FRIDAY: CHROME w/ DJ Chris Ewen @10PM
SATURDAY: Heroes (New Wave & Post Punk) w/ DJ Chris Ewen @10PM

Trophy Room
THURSDAY: No programming – Kitchen & Bar open
FRIDAY: Celtics vs. Suns @7:30PM
SATURDAY: No programming – Kitchen & Bar open
SUNDAY: No programming – Kitchen & Bar open

LGBTQ+ Programming / Events

THURSDAY: Tongue & Cheek – talk about things taboo while getting historical about queer and sex culture! at Aeronaut Brewing Company @7:30PM

THURSDAY: Boston Pride Hockey Thursday Night Pick-Up Skate in Cambridge @9PM

THURSDAY: Thirsty Thursgay downstairs at Game On! @10PM

THURSDAY: Queeraoke is at Midway Cafe @10PM

SATURDAY: DayJavu Saturdays: 50 Shades of Love Ed. at YAS Lounge @3PM-8PM

SATURDAY: Grooves for Good Drag Bingo followed by Dancing w/ Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and music by Harlow Havoc at Aeronaut Cannery (Bingo starts @5:30 and the dancefloor opens @8PM)

SATURDAY: Night Flowers – Drag, Burlesque and Live Music at The Rockwell in Somerville @8PM

SATURDAY: Queer Latina Night at the Volcano Room at La Maquina Nightclub @9PM

SUNDAY: Grammys viewing party at Club Cafe @6PM

SUNDAY: Bearaoke is at The Alley @8PM

DRAG BRUNCHES IN BOSTON

Brunch

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Y2K Drag Brunch
Saturday @11AM & again @2PM
Summer Shack

Illusions The Drag Brunch Boston
Saturday & Sunday shows @1:30PM
Hosted upstairs at Hennessey’s (Downtown)

Drag Tease: Burlesque Theme
Sunday @11AM
Lansdowne Pub

Drag Me To Brunch
Sunday @2PM
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club (Beacon Hill)

And finally… another resource for what is happening at Boston gay bars is KikiPedia.

What to do this weekend

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night w/ Daddy Dave @8PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party 8PM & Dance Floor Open – DJ TBA @10PM
SATURDAY: Dance Floor Open – DJ TBA @10PM
SUNDAY: Bearaoke Night @8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Taco Thursday w/ Pride Sports (come and get’em) 5PM-10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party w/ Harlow Havoc @8PM & Friday Feels w/ Twisted Gleam @10PM
SATURDAE: So Hot Saturdaes Onesie Anniversary Party w/ DJ Stevie Psyclone @10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Brunch (reservations req’d, here)

Cathedral Station
THURSDAY: Bruins vs Lightening @7PM || Celtics vs Knicks @7:30PM
FRIDAY: Bar and kitchen open
SATURDAY: Bruins vs. Panthers @6PM || Celtics vs Lakers @8:30PM
SUNDAY: NFL Championship: 49ers vs Eagles @3PM || Bengals vs Chiefs @6:30PM

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Discoteca Musica w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone @10PM
SATURDAY: Dance your ass off w/ DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Brunch (make reservation here) @11AM | CommuniTEA party w/ DJ Aga @4PM

dbar
FRIDAY: Karaoke w/ DJ Bobby Knight @10PM
SATURDAY: Dancefloor open DJ TBA @10PM

Jacques Cabaret
THURSDAY: Now That’s What I Call A Drag Show hosted by Crystal Crawford
FRIDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Dee De Ray
SATURDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Destiny
SUNDAY: Sunday Fun Day – Open Mic night w/ Mitzzy @7PM

Legacy & Candibar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve! Thursday w/ DJ Coleslaw @10PM
FRIDAY: Bussdown Friday w/ DJ Frenchy @10PM
SATURDAY: Saturday at Legacy w/ DJ J Warren @10PM
SUNDAY: Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar @10PM

ManRay / Campus
THURSDAY: Campus (19+) w/ DJ Curtis Atchison @10PM
FRIDAY: CHROME w/ DJ Chris Ewen @10PM
SATURDAY: Heroes (New Wave & Post Punk) w/ DJ Chris Ewen @10PM

Trophy Room
THURSDAY: Bruins vs Lightening @7PM || Celtics vs Knicks @7:30PM
FRIDAY: Bar and kitchen open
SATURDAY: Bruins vs. Panthers @6PM || Celtics vs Lakers @8:30PM
SUNDAY: NFL Championship: 49ers vs Eagles @3PM || Bengals vs Chiefs @6:30PM

LGBTQ+ Programming / Events

THURSDAY: Boston Pride Hockey Thursday Night Pick-Up Skate in Cambridge @9PM

THURSDAY: Thirsty Thursgay downstairs at Game On! @10PM

THURSDAY: Queeraoke is at Midway Cafe @10PM

FRIDAY: LGBTQ+ Job Fair with MASS LGBT Chamber of Commerce at Boston Park Plaza 10AM-2PM

FRIDAY: Pole Dance & Burlesque Show at Club Cafe @7:30PM

SATURDAY: Latino Night Mardi Gras Party at La Maquina Nightclub @9PM

SUNDAY: Bearaoke is at The Alley @8PM

DRAG BRUNCHES IN BOSTON

Brunch

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Cher & Madonna Drag Brunch
Saturday @11AM & again @2PM
Summer Shack

Illusions The Drag Brunch Boston
Saturday & Sunday shows @1:30PM
Hosted upstairs at Hennessey’s (Downtown)

Drag Tease: 90’s Babies
Sunday @11AM
Lansdowne Pub

Drag Me To Brunch
Sunday @2PM
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club (Beacon Hill)

And finally… another resource for what is happening at Boston gay bars is KikiPedia.

What to do this weekend

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night w/ Daddy Dave @8PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party 8PM & Casual Friday w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
SATURDAY: Wicked Pah & BLUF @6PM | DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SUNDAY: Bearaoke Night @8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Taco Thursday w/ Pride Sports (come and get’em) 5PM-10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party w/ Harlow Havoc @8PM & SUPERNATURE w/ DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SATURDAY: Mayhem Saturday w/ music by Harlow Havoc @10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Brunch (reservations req’d, here)

Cathedral Station
THURSDAY: Bruins vs Rangers @7PM || Celtics vs Warriors @7:30PM
FRIDAY: Bar and kitchen open
SATURDAY: Celtics vs Raptors @5PM
NFL Playoffs Jaguars vs Chiefs @4:30PM || Giants vs Eagles @8PM
SUNDAY: Bruins vs Sharks 7PM
NFL Playoffs Bengals vs Bills @3PM || Cowboys vs 49ers @6:30PM

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Discoteca Musica w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone @10PM
SATURDAY: Dance your ass off w/ DJ Begbick @10PM
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Brunch (make reservation here) @11AM | Communi-Tea dance w/ DJ Stevie Psyclone @4PM

dbar
FRIDAY: Karaoke w/ DJ Bobby Knight @10PM
SATURDAY: Fruits by the Foot Queer Comedy Showcase @9:30PM || DJ Coleslaw @11PM
SUNDAY: Celebrate Drag Queen Lilly Rose birthday w/ DJ Begbick @4PM

Jacques Cabaret
THURSDAY: Now That’s What I Call A Drag Show hosted by Crystal Crawford
FRIDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Dee De Ray
SATURDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Destiny
SUNDAY: Sunday Fun Day – Open Mic night w/ Mitzzy @7PM

Legacy & Candibar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve! Thursday w/ DJ Coleslaw @10PM
FRIDAY: Bussdown Friday w/ DJ Frenchy @10PM
SATURDAY: Legacy Saturday w/ DJ Alex Costa @10PM
SUNDAY:Hot Mess Sunday @Candibar @10PM

ManRay/Campus (NEW)
THURSDAY: Campus (19+) w/ DJ MaryAlice @10PM
FRIDAY: CHROME Goth Night (not gay) w/ DJ Chris Ewen @10PM
SATURDAY: HEROES w/ DJ Chris Ewen @9PM

Trophy Room
THURSDAY: Bruins vs Rangers @7PM || Celtics vs Warriors @7:30PM
FRIDAY: Bar and kitchen open
SATURDAY: Celtics vs Raptors @5PM
NFL Playoffs Jaguars vs Chiefs @4:30PM || Giants vs Eagles @8PM
SUNDAY: Bruins vs Sharks @7PM
NFL Playoffs Bengals vs Bills @3PM || Cowboys vs 49ers @6:30PM

LGBTQ+ Programming / Events / Nights

THURSDAY: HomoErratic: Comedy Show at Club Cafe @7PM

THURSDAY: Shangela Fully Lit Tour very few seats remain at Wilbur @8PM

Thursday Night Pick Up Ice Skating

THURSDAY: Boston Pride Hockey Thursday Night Pick-Up Skate in Cambridge @9PM

THURSDAY: Thirsty Thursgay is at Game On! @9PM

THURSDAY: Queeraoke is at Midway Cafe @10PM

ManRay Nightclub

THURSDAY: (NEW GAY NIGHT) Campus 19+ Nights at ManRay @10PM

FRIDAY: (NEW MONTHLY LESBIAN PARTY) Aura at the Crystal Ballroom / Davis Square @9PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: SIX: The Unauthorized Dragsical at Club Cafe @7:30PM

SATURDAY: (NEW LOCATION) HEROES at ManRay @9PM

SATURDAY: DJ Junior & DJ BTO at The Volcano Room in Revere @9PM

SUNDAY: SIP Tea Dance w/ DJ Brian Halligan at Cantab Lounge @6PM

SUNDAY: Bearaoke is at The Alley @8PM

DRAG BRUNCHES IN BOSTON

Brunch

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Biscuits & Belles Drag Brunch
Saturday at 11AM
Loretta’s Last Call

Rent: The Drag Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Saturday @11AM
Summer Shack

Illusions The Drag Brunch Boston
Saturday & Sunday shows @1:30PM
Hosted upstairs at Hennessey’s (Downtown)

DragTease: Dua Lipa vs. Ariana Grande
Sunday @11AM
Lansdowne Pub

Drag Me To Brunch
Sunday @2PM
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club (Beacon Hill)

And finally… another resource for what is happening at Boston gay bars is KikiPedia.

ManRay reopens in Cambridge tonight

ManRay will bring back their weekly Campus gay night each Thursday

ManRay, was a fun, popular bar in Central Square that opened in 1983 and closed in 2005 to make space for a new condominium development. Each Thursday ManRay became “Campus” and catered to the LGBTQ+ community. It was on a Thursday night in January 1999 that I met my partner at Campus.

I was sad to see this bar close and in the years that followed I repeatedly (hopefully) wrote about rumors that it would reopen. I first wrote about it in 2013 and again last summer. Each time the rumors while credible resulted in nothing but resounding silence as the rumored date of opening would come and go. Imagine my surprise when last night, seemingly out of the blue, The Boston Globe publishes, ManRay, legendary Cambridge nightclub that closed in 2005 will reopen Saturday.

According to Vanyaland, which initially broke the story about ManRay’s reopening, the venue will follow a similar weekly schedule that the original nightclub hosted from Wednesday to Saturday, with a nightly curfew of 2 a.m. and an age entry policy of 19+ at the door. Wednesday will resurrect the goth party Crypt; Thursday revisits the Campus gay night; Friday returns its fetish-themed industrial night; and Saturday celebrates Heroes, DJ Chris Ewen’s new wave and electro party that was previously held at nearby Sonia.

The new space will also have a stage to accommodate bands and artists (perhaps a new drag show or two could be in its future or a new home for Ryan Landry and his misfit performers – who can say), but Ewen said in Vanyaland that ManRay’s main purpose will be to provide people with a nightclub they can come to and enjoy.

ManRay / Campus
40 Prospect Street | Central Square
www.manraynightclub.com

ManRay nightclub eyes October opening

ManRay owner, Don Holland, says this time ManRay will really reopen

ManRay (on gay nights Campus) was a popular fetish bar that operated near Central Square from 1985 – 2005. It closed fifteen years ago to make way for condominiums, but last week the local newspaper, Cambridge Day, reported that the popular nightclub appears poised to reopen – not far from the club’s original location. The newspaper reported that ManRay owner, Don Holland, was awarded a liquor license by Cambridge and a 2:00AM closing time for 40 Prospect Street. The space was previously used by Improv Boston but has been empty since they vacated in November 2020.

This is not the first time rumors have swirled about a reopening of this popular bar. Back in 2013 I wrote about how the bar would reopen later in the summer, but that never happened. This time, the space seems to be a better fit and the paperwork with the city of Cambridge appears to be in order. The only question on my mind is if the much loved club reopens, will Campus (gay nights) also return.

Stay tuned. I’l let you know when there is more to share.