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2002 BEST Singles Scene

Sports Club/LA


Buff, Lycraclad CEOs ogle the quads of passing yoga addicts; yoga addicts ogle the finely tuned glutes of venture capitalists; interior designers swap tall tales of ankle twists by the pool; and male and female models struggle to understand their… read more»

2002 BEST Singles Scene, Gay

Club Café


On any given night, this South End restaurant is the place to be seen for gay singles on the prowl. The bar’s expertly mixed ice-cold martinis draw a crowd of just-off-work professionals mixed with locals stopping in after a workout… read more»

2002 BEST Singles Scene, Lesbian

Melissa Ferrick concerts

With album titles like Valentine Heartache, you wouldn’t think Boston lesbian cult singer Melissa Ferrick was the gushy romantic type. But her powerful acoustic melodies and seductive, throaty voice regularly whip concert audiences—at venues from Avalon to Club Passim—into frenzies… read more»

2001 BEST Singles Scene, Gay

Club Café


This fairly upscale bar, club, and restaurant is still the staple of Boston’s South End gay scene, despite its consistently overpriced food. Still, you don’t come here to eat. You come to be seen, drink with friends, and flirt with… read more»

2001 BEST Singles Scene, Lesbian

Jamaica Plain Women’s Flag Football Association

You can’t get much more physical than this intramural league that takes over Jamaica Plain’s English High field each fall. In the four years of its existence, the league has grown to include more than 150 women in two divisions… read more»

2001 BEST Singles Scene, Straight

The Dog Walking Hour, Commonwealth Avenue Mall

In the romantic hour when streetlights first crackle to life, lonely singles prowl the city from Commonwealth Avenue Mall to Minuteman Bike Path with naught but their trusty pooches for companionship. And for many of them, the motive is pure,… read more»

2000 BEST Singles Scene, Gay

Sunday mornings, upper 500 block of Tremont Street


After a busy night of clubbing, boys in the know head to this South End block to recoup their energy and shop for future dates. The ogling is as delicious as the brioche French toast at Aquiaine, the Boursin and… read more»

2000 BEST Singles Scene, Straight

MFA Friday evenings, 5:30p.m.-9:30p.m.


This event has understandably garnered plenty of press—it’s the perfect combination of art, music, wine, and singles ranging in age from 20 to 50. While some patrons can’t tell the difference between a deKooning and a Degas, the crowd is… read more»

1979 BEST Singles Scene



Senior editor Curtis Hartman’s wallet was bulging with phone numbers after one night of bartending there. And he’s married. read more»

1978 BEST Singles Scene

Last Hurrah, in the Parker House


He who laughs, lasts. read more»