Best of Boston

BEST Gay Club

2013 BEST Gay Club

Club Cafe

Boston

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
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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»

2009 BEST Gay Club

Dbar

Dorchester

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
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28 Degrees

Boston

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

Dbar

Dorchester

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
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Dbar

Dorchester

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

Cambridge

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

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)

Cambridge

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»

2000 BEST Gay Club

Vapor

Boston

The owners of Chaps were so excited about last summer’s renovation that they gave their club a new name. Reincarnated as Vapor, the space has a new floor plan, a beefed-up sound system, and an amplified light show. Already the… read more»