Boston: Before the Parade Passes You By: Places to Hit Along the Route
By OUTTraveler Editors
Boston Pride has arrived (and lasts until June 9)! Whether dancing, strutting, or just good old fashioned marching along the route, you're bound to get hungry…or thirsty! No need to worry. Zagat and Here TV (owned by Out Traveler's parent company) partnered up list of some of the best restaurants and bars along the parade's trail. Get inspired and try something new! Or hit up an old favorite. Either way, you won't be disappointed. To get more great suggestions, sign up for the Zagat newsletter.
“Quite a show” is presented at this “straight-friendly gay establishment” in the South End boasting “solid” New American fare, “strong drinks”, entertainment and “plenty of eye candy”, both in the “fabulous crowd” and the usually “welcoming” staff; “Sunday brunch is fantastic”, and “there’s even an alfresco option on summer evenings.” 209 Columbus Ave.; 617-536-0972
This dim dive is a holdover from grungier gay bars of yesteryear, yet the schlocky decor and smack-talking bartenders still charm the pants off cruise-y locals; the crowd gets younger and more boisterous at night’s end – last call at the ‘dirty bird’ is tradition for South End boys heading home from more glittery gay clubs. 520 Tremont St.; 617-542-4494
This popular South End hangout is a neighborhood favorite that serves brunch on weekends, with a friendly crowd that bonds over sports on the plasma satellite TVs. 26 Chandler St.; 617-482-4428
An “offbeat, informal party atmosphere” prevails at this “reliable, not-expensive” South End eatery and its adjoining bar, doling out “well-prepared” New American fare alongside “creative cocktails and a decent wine list”; for an “unbelievable value”, swing by for $2 tacos on Tuesdays, or come for the “fantastic” brunch; P.S. a post-Survey modernization outdates the Decor score. 647 Tremont St.; 617-266-4600
A "welcome addition to the Theater District", this "trendy" Revere Hotel lounge channels The Wizard of Oz with "space-agey green" lighting and servers in "ruby heels"; "stiff" cocktails intensify the effect, though the "expensive" tabs may jolt you back to reality. 200 Stuart St.; 617-457-2626
This Financial District hideaway hosts butch bears who clink beers around pool tables and bump shirtless stomachs during 'Underbear' parties; there’s a growing cub contingent – Fur & Gold, a popular DJ party, fills the place with young, hairy hipsters who geek out (and make out) over vintage and indie dance tunes. 275 Washington St.; 617-263-1449
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