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XV Beacon

A Boston Hotel that surpasses expectation and is ranked #1 in the country.  Gaytravel thinks it’s aptly named “Fifteen” as in 15 out of 10! 

From 395 to 1400

Gay Travel Boston

Gay Boston is absolutely drenched with history, as many of early-America’s important events took place in and around the area including the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Make time to check out 50-acre Boston Common—the country’s oldest city park. It has hosted a range of idiosyncratic historic events such as a speech by Martin Luther King Jr., public hangings in the 1800s, and even British soldiers camped there during the American Revolution. It’s also the starting location of the Freedom Trail which will take you around the city to even more historic locations.

Boston is also a thriving hotbed of intellectualism. There are several fantastic museums in the city and of course, Harvard University and MIT are both in Boston’s backyard as well as other institutions of higher learning such as Boston University. Careful when calling anyone “wicked smaht” while you’re there though, as Bostonians will be sure to have a retort for you.

Boston Gay Scene

Boston is the capital of the first state to allow gay marriage in America! The main gay areas of Boston are centered around the neighborhoods of the South End and Jamaica Plains. Since the 1980’s, the gay community has left its mark in these areas, opening up shops and restaurants. Today, this New England city attracts both men and women, and the gay scene is largely visible. Boston is pleasant to visit any time of the year, but winter is probably not for the faint of heart. Summer is gaytravel.com's favorite season to visit this city; don't forget Boston Gay Pride held in June!

Gay-Friendly Dining

The Beehive

Upon entering the Beehive, you're led downstairs usually to an elegant and comfortable space comprised mostly of brick and wood. The space is interestingly designed and can accomodate small and large groups. Immediately you feel like you're in someone's gorgeous and simply decorated open-air living/dining room.

28 Degrees

With valet parking and an almost hidden location in the South End district of Boston it’s almost like finding an oasis in the desert. The ever-changing menu will feature anything from french fries and a burger to dollar oysters or Pan Seared Flank Steak. The prices are reasonable, and the service is top notch

No. 9 Park

Located in an elegant townhouse in historic Beacon Hill, No. 9 Park provides an intimate setting to enjoy Barbara Lynch’s refined cuisine. The menu showcases an artful blend of regionally inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor.


Oleana is a neighborhood gay-friendly restaurant with a strong focus on flavors and comfort. The cuisine centers on the Arabic influenced foods of the Mediterranean with a strong lean towards Turkish fare.


L’Espalier is a culinary exploration, featuring sophisticated and modern New England-French cuisine, with an emphasis on artisanal and New England ingredients.


Swanky and romantic, this petite gay-friendly Eliot Suite Hotel restaurant in the Back Bay is “where the chic eat”.

o ya

Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston’s historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat restaurant consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef’s counter, where guests can watch the chefs preparing the dishes.

Gay-Friendly Nightlife

One of America’s most politically liberal cities, Boston has a very visible gay population. There are gay bars and clubs scattered around the city, but they are concentrated in the neighborhoods of South End and Jamaica Plain. You’ll find local gay bars and restaurants along Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street. Boston is famously compact and walkable too, but there are taxi services available to avoid those chilly walks home.


Located directly below Caprice Restaurant and Lounge Underbar has a gay night on Sundays. This isn’t unusual for most clubs and bars in the Boston area to have one night dedicated to gay life.  Underbar sets itself apart from the rest because it’s a true night club with as little drama as possible. There is always a short performance usually drag and then it’s dancing nonstop.

Paradise Cambridge

Paradise Cambridge is host to Boston’s only Gay Club featuring male dancers. Enjoy the “dance room” where sexy men dance on stage with adult films playing overhead, or go downstairs to the dance club spinning the latest beats for Top 40, House, Trance, & Techno. 

Club Café

One of Boston’s most visible hidden treasure located in the South End district, it remains a stable in the gay nightlife for over 25 years. In addition to the bustling music with a number of guest dj’s in the past it sets itself apart as being the one place gay men can not only enjoy the nightlife at, but get there early and the front part of the bar called 209 can serve you a great meal.

Local Tips, Tricks & News

The Welcoming Committee is Boston's go-to social outreach organization for the gay community of locals and visitors alike. They organize pop-up takeovers at museums, sporting games, and bars all year round. Avoid driving in Boston by taking public transportation, which is also the best way to get to know this gorgeous city. There are numerous visitor pass programs that offer discounted admission to various historical sites around town, which is an affortable way to make the most of your visit. Some popular events in Boston include St. Patrick's Day, the Boston Marathon, Fourth of July, and Boston's Pride parade held every year in June. Because Boston is an avid sports city, catch a local game of whatever sport is in season no matter what time of year you come visit!

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