Party Earth Review Amid Dorchester’s garden variety collection of dingy pubs, dbar is a diamond in the rough – or maybe a sweet fruit in a field of rutabagas. Although it transforms into a hopping gay club later in the evening, this classy... ... read full review
1236 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
Red Line: Savin Hill
M–Th 5pm–1am, F–Sa 5pm–2am, Su 11am–1am; Kitchen closes 10pm
Dorchester / Jamaica Plain, Boston –
Amid Dorchester’s garden variety collection of dingy pubs, dbar is a diamond in the rough – or maybe a sweet fruit in a field of rutabagas.
Although it transforms into a hopping gay club later in the evening, this classy venue offers a mixed and mellow dinner scene, with dapper patrons of all sexual persuasions settling into long leather booths to sip multicolored martinis under the icicle lamps.
Quiet techno and lounge music mingles with the aroma of gourmet New American entrées, as couples in cardigans and dark jeans cozy up in the soft twinkle of tea candles at the bar, savoring Moroccan-spiced lamb and duets of pork.
After 9pm, the relaxed mood fades when projection screens drop from the ceiling and music videos incite a lighthearted sing-along.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the slick black tables are cleared to create an impromptu dance floor that quickly fills up with trendy folks looking to groove, though Show Tune Tuesdays often draws major crowds as well, when a video DJ shuffles Broadway hits and Glee favorites till the wee hours and would-be divas still in their day-job pleated pants belt out ballads with Tony-worthy aplomb.
With festive theme nights set against a posh backdrop, dbar delivers a hefty dose of sophisticated fun in an area of the city with a serious shortage of style.
Show Tune Tuesday is such a popular night, it can make Tuesdays look more like Saturdays. Smart Broadway devotees make reservations for dinner, and then stay put until the screens drop at 9pm – otherwise, they’d be humming to their favorites from the line outside.
Sharply dressed business types, playful gay and lesbian crowd, girls on a night out, starry-eyed couples, and Broadway wannabes, late 20s to late 30s.
Ambient lounge and techno beats in the early evening. Video DJ screens show tunes on Tuesdays and 80s classics on Poprocks Fridays. DJ spins Top 40, house, and dance on Saturdays.
Upscale New American menu featuring gourmet spins on old classics like chicken under a brick, steak, and gnocchi. Sunday brunch.
Brunch menu $8–$14, appetizers $8–$14, entrées $13–$22. Beer $5, wine $7.50–$11, cocktails $8–$9.50.
Casual to dressy: collared shirts, dark jeans, flowy blouses, preppy sweaters, knee-length skirts.
Tuesdays to watch giddy groups of friends sing their hearts out, or Fridays to reminisce about 80s hairstyles as Madonna croons.
Open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, Savin Bar & Kitchen (112 Savin Hill Avenue) is a nice modern eatery with large portions of upscale burgers, flatbreads, and mac and cheese, as well as a solid wine list and weekend brunch.