Best of Boston

BEST Gay Club

2013 BEST Gay Club

Club Cafe


With brunch, trivia, late-night drinks, dancing, and a solid crowd of regulars, Club Cafe has it all. For decades, this place—at a prime intersection of the Back Bay and the South End—has been the Cheers of Boston’s gay scene, and… read more»

2012 BEST Gay Club

Guerrilla Queer Bar

Here’s the secret every Boston queen already knows: The best gay club in the city isn’t a place at all—it’s a moving target. Enter the Welcoming Committee, a group of party boys who pick a bar/pub/club for the Guerrilla Queer… read more»

2011 BEST Gay Club

Boston Guerrilla Queer Bar

The best gay club in town? Whichever “straight” bar (their words) this grassroots group decides to take over, flash-mob style. Unlikely past locales have included Tommy Doyle’s, An Tua Nua…even Europhile favorite Caprice. Once you find out where to go—the… read more»

2009 BEST Gay Club



By far the least pretentious of the Hub’s gay hot spots, this nightclub-restaurant hybrid presents a compelling case for venturing beyond the Back Bay/South End circuit. The price is right (no cover, and no cocktails over $9), the crowd is… read more»

2008 BEST Gay Club

28 Degrees


With Boston’s bona fide gay bars going the way of BostonNow, it’s getting tough for the feyer sex to pick up a stiff drink and a well-blended man in the same place. Fortunately, local lounges are filling the void. While… read more»

2007 BEST Gay Club



It’s tough to find a hangout that appeals on this many fronts. If you’re hungry, an outstanding full-service menu is available until 10 p.m., with mouthwatering entrees ranging from duck confit to diver scallops. If you’re thirsty, the wine and… read more»

2006 BEST Gay Club



Every evening at the stroke of 10 p.m. this unselfconscious Dorchester hot spot seamlessly morphs from restaurant to nightclub. Sleek wood and leather interior trimmings set the scene for men of all ages, who mingle and sip drinks like the… read more»

2003 BEST Gay Club

Campus Night at Manray


Think young. Then subtract two years. That’s the average age of a ManRay patron on Thursday “Campus Nights,” which draw a 19-plus crowd of supersweet male eye candy and their admirers. Spectators are welcome, and young women (sexual preference uncertain)… read more»

2002 BEST Gay Club

Saturday Nights, BUZZ-Boston


The good news: Only gorgeous men seem to be allowed in Buzz on Saturdays. The bad news: Only gorgeous men seem to be allowed in Buzz on Saturdays. Sure, it’s shallow, but it makes for superb cavorting (and, for straight… read more»

2001 BEST Gay Club

ManRay (Campus)


Okay, so the crowd here is young. But this long-time favorite of gay and bisexual college boys and girls is still packing them in every Thursday and Saturday in Cambridge. There’s very little attitude, the drinks are affordable, and there… read more»