Gay bars in Boston

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    Sep 29, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
    Anybody know of a good one? I'm headed there for the first time. Thanks!
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    Sep 29, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Well, there's Machine (and Ramrod) on Boylston.

    http://www.machine-boston.com/
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    Sep 29, 2010 10:09 PM GMT

    You interested in bars or clubs? Or both?

    For clubs, there isn't really one gay club, more like a production company that takes over clubs for gay nights.
    Saturday night it's at the House of Blues across from Fenway Park. Crowd is pretty mixed, including lots of those people with vaginas. Yea, very hot muscle guys dancing near-nude on the pedestals all over the dance floor. I think it's got a good vibe.
    Thursday nights they snag Estate for "Glamlife," kind of a bit more swanky feeling but still a club and best place to be on Thursday nights.
    And on Sunday nights they do "Hot Mess Sundays" at Underbar. I've never been to that one, but have heard it's a little more raunchy than the other two nights.
    They also get some other nights going randomly for special events. Check out http://www.chrisharrispresents.com/

    For bars... Club Cafe is a big spot, though I find it to be a little, er, pretentious. Twinks on ecstasy in the back room and a slightly older crowd in the front... I find it better for a casual drink during the week than on the weekends. Fritz in the Chandler Inn is a bit of an older crowd but pretty laid-back and can be cruisy. The Eagle borders on biker bar, but it's a scene for sure. Like the earlier guy mentioned, Ramrod is also near Fenway and it's a pretty good bar scene with a serious leather thing happening in the back bar, and it's connected to Machine which is a dance club... three-in-one package. icon_smile.gif

    Finally... the South End is gay central and has restaurant after restaurant... many of them have bars and some are just as good and lower-key than the ones I mentioned. If the weather is good (October in Boston is amazing), stroll around Tremont St., Columbus Ave., and Washington St. in the South End and see what you like.

    and feel free to contact me!


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    Sep 29, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    Thank you guys so much! That helps a lot.
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    Sep 30, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    Djdorchester sum's it up well but dont forget Paradise in Cambridge. They expanded the dance floor downstairs.
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    Sep 30, 2010 12:15 PM GMT
    gymguy1 saidDjdorchester sum's it up well but dont forget Paradise in Cambridge. They expanded the dance floor downstairs.



    Ah, I always forget that's over in the People's Republic of Cambridge. Haven't seen Paradise since the expansion, but I hope they didn't lose the dungeon feel to the downstairs - that's what made it different. But honestly, I could do without the go-go boys in tighty-whities at the upstairs bars.

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    Sep 30, 2010 12:42 PM GMT
    HungGarSig saidWell, there's Machine (and Ramrod) on Boylston.

    http://www.machine-boston.com/


    Boston is one of my fave cities!

    Machine is fantastic, I was there on a Monday or Tuesday night in January... got there round 9.30pm, wish I'd been there in warmer weather and on the weekend...

    It was as cold as, I walked there from the Hilton Back Bay, through the snow, I love Winter, but I swear as I walked along the edge of some canal there were 2 wolves pacing along beside me, about 30 metres away, may have been dogs, it was dark, pretty freaky but I digress...

    The place was pretty empty but I pulled up a stool by the bar, the bar guy was friendly, I had a couple (pretty sure it was a lot more) of beers, and pretty much chatted to everyone that came into the place... typical tourist style... nice atmosphere...

    I'd secretly hoped there'd be a lot of people there but knew in my heart of hearts it'd be empty... and my mate from Boston was stuck at home with his BF so I was on my own... but I still had a great time! Reckon it'd completely rock on a good night!!!

    Also went to a heap of other bars/restaurants all over town but a lot of them were either closed the night I walked to them (doh!) or pretty empty... can't remember any of them by name...
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    Sep 30, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
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    HungGarSig saidWell, there's Machine (and Ramrod) on Boylston.

    http://www.machine-boston.com/


    ...I swear as I walked along the edge of some canal there were 2 wolves pacing along beside me, about 30 metres away, may have been dogs, it was dark, pretty freaky but I digress...



    If you were leaving Machine and walking past some canal, chances are you were in the Fens after dark... so those weren't wolves... they were lurking gay cruisers waiting to pounce and drink your... er... never mind.

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    Sep 30, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    Since no one's mentioned it, I guess it's not open anymore, but when I lived in Beantown a few years back there was one I loved going to that I can't remember the name of... I want to say "Apex" but I think I'm just confusing it with the place I used to go in DC... but it started with an A or meant something similar to Apex... South side of the city, not far from Fenway... I could still walk there, but I don't remember street names... and on the way home I could stop and get pizza! (Not at the place up on Tremont, though... but I have put back a lot of their pizza in my time)

    Man, clubs were a different experience when I was 18...
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    Sep 30, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    misternick saidSince no one's mentioned it, I guess it's not open anymore, but when I lived in Beantown a few years back there was one I loved going to that I can't remember the name of... I want to say "Apex" but I think I'm just confusing it with the place I used to go in DC... but it started with an A or meant something similar to Apex... South side of the city, not far from Fenway... I could still walk there, but I don't remember street names... and on the way home I could stop and get pizza! (Not at the place up on Tremont, though... but I have put back a lot of their pizza in my time)

    Man, clubs were a different experience when I was 18...



    Are you talking about Axis? On Lansdowne St., behind Fenway. It's closed and, as far as I remember, never had a gay night. Next door was Avalon, and I think they had a gay night on Sundays.

    Both of those closed, and the House of Blues complex now takes up both locations.

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    Sep 30, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    I saved this thread cause im going to boston too. Yes!
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    Sep 30, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    DJdorchester said
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    HungGarSig saidWell, there's Machine (and Ramrod) on Boylston.

    http://www.machine-boston.com/


    ...I swear as I walked along the edge of some canal there were 2 wolves pacing along beside me, about 30 metres away, may have been dogs, it was dark, pretty freaky but I digress...



    If you were leaving Machine and walking past some canal, chances are you were in the Fens after dark... so those weren't wolves... they were lurking gay cruisers waiting to pounce and drink your... er... never mind.



    haha, it was on the way there... i didn't see wolves on the way back... i couldn't see anything!
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    Sep 30, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidI saved this thread cause im going to boston too. Yes!


    you definitely should, one of the best cities in the world, and i've been to a lot of them!
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    Sep 30, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    Thank you, djdorchester!

    Pretty sure it was Avalon on Sundays, and Axis is probably what I remembered that was mixing with Apex.

    I might be moving back up there sometimes fairly soon... seems I have a lot of re-getting-to-know-the-city to do!

    My problem was the cold... but I took my boyfriend up there this summer and had a great time, he loved iticon_razz.gif