Party Earth Review Lurking incognito on a largely residential street, 28 Degrees is a stylish lounge that’s much hotter than its name implies – at least when it comes to describing the dolled-up LGBT regulars. Delicate white curtains divide... ... read full review
1 Appleton Street
Boston, MA 02116
Orange Line: Back Bay
Tu–W, Su 5pm–midnight, Th–Sa 5pm–1am (March–December); Th–Su 5pm–1am (January–February)
Kitchen: closes one hour before bar all year
South End, Boston –
Lurking incognito on a largely residential street, 28 Degrees is a stylish lounge that’s much hotter than its name implies – at least when it comes to describing the dolled-up LGBT regulars.
Delicate white curtains divide the dim, narrow space into multiple nooks, allowing couples to cozy up for a romantic meal of artisan pizza or seared scallops, as rowdier groups next door work their way through creative mixology gems or the very popular Blueberry Basil Martinis.
Those looking to share appetizer specials and small plates can join the trendy professionals gathered at slick black tables beneath the chandeliers in the main dining area, while celebratory groups head past the artsy prints to take over the rear lounge. DJs spin a conversation-friendly mix most week days, though rotating jazz bands and video DJs pump up the volume from a small stage on select weekends.
A club scene prevails on Fridays when the open floor fills with raucous party boys in skin-tight jeans ready to bust a move to the louder dance pop soundtrack. The venue is often at its busiest on the second Sunday of each month, however, when drag queens take the crowd through a giddy romp of popular camp favorites.
Good for a jumpstart on the night or an entire evening of revelry, 28 Degrees is the perfect setting for glamorous, gay-friendly fun in South End.
See-and-be-seen LGBT crowd, suave groups of friends, foodies, cocktail lovers, trendy ladies on a romp, and fashion-forward party boys and girls, mid-20s to late 30s.
Ambient dance pop and techno during dinner hours, increasing in volume as the evening progresses.
DJs spin Top 40 and club mash-ups most Thursdays through Sundays, Latin and house on the first and third Fridays and third Sundays, sexy house on second Fridays, and afrocentric and classic house on fourth Fridays. Latin jazz band on third Sundays.
Gender illusionist Verna Turbulence performs with a DJ on second Sundays. Video DJ plays top hits and music videos on fourth Sundays. Frequent other live performances; check venue website for latest lineup and seasonal changes.
Upscale international plates to share, including oysters, pork shumai, and fish tacos, with some entrées including strip steak and encrusted tuna.
“Five for five” appetizer specials $5, small plates $7–$18, sides $6–$10, pizza $13–$16, entrées $18–$29.
Beer $6.50–$12, wine $8–$15/glass or $38–$82+/bottle, cocktails $10–$12, champagne $15/glass or $28–$95+/bottle. Valet $17.
Casual to dressy: dark skinny jeans, designer sweaters, tight t-shirts, flashy accessories, button-downs, leather boots, six-inch heels.
Any early evening for a chill and romantic meal with drinks, after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays for the most exuberant dance-happy crowd, or the second Sunday of each month for the wildly popular drag show.
Sister Sorrel (645 Tremont Street) is a cozy bar reminiscent of the more intimate nooks at 28 Degrees, with the same sophisticated LGBT crowd.