28 Degrees

Cocktail Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
28 Degrees 28 Degrees in Boston's Back Bay is a chic, sophisticated, and LGBT-friendly lounge & restaurant. Check out this fabulous Boston spot at Party Earth. Boston United States 42.346589 -71.06926
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28 Degrees - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
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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

  • Hours:

    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

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth 28 Degrees Review

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28 Degrees in Boston's Back Bay is a chic, sophisticated, and LGBT-friendly lounge & restaurant. Check out this fabulous Boston spot at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

The name actually refers to the owner’s diehard belief that twenty-eight degrees is the ideal temperature for a martini. Whether or not that’s actually true, the dedication to cocktails is obvious, so even if you don’t normally like martinis, you should definitely try one here.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale international plates to share, including oysters, pork shumai, and fish tacos, with some entrées including strip steak and encrusted tuna.

  • Prices

    “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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: dark skinny jeans, designer sweaters, tight t-shirts, flashy accessories, button-downs, leather boots, six-inch heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    Sister Sorrel (645 Tremont Street) is a cozy bar reminiscent of the more intimate nooks at 28 Degrees, with the same sophisticated LGBT crowd.

28 Degrees User Reviews

Average rating:
Happy Hour
Natalie B. Apr 9, 2013
This place was great for food and drinks but I wouldn't stay for the bar. I felt very young and it was mostly gay men.
Good Happy Hour and purrrrty ladies though shalt not touch!
Jayson M. Sep 5, 2012
Stylish spot with a damn fine Happy Hour where you can suck down oysters for a buck and knock back a few beef sliders for a fiver a piece. Martinis are good if you like martinis (and if you do, you probably know where the name comes from). Chill music with waves projected on the walls and good god there are some pretty gay women up in here. I guess it’s kind of a lesbo bar…I mean, sort of. Saw more gay dudes, I think, but my sorry breeder self was more interested in the high power attorney who can break me out of jail anytime she wants. Her girlfriend can come too. In all seriousness, it’s more of a trendy cool spot than a gay hangout. Really, who gives a *#&!? People are pretty and nobody is getting rowdy, I just might take a date here someday. Hopefully she won’t leave me for that attorney.
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