dbar

Gay Club / Lounge / Restaurant
dbar A diamond in Dorchester's rough, Boston's dbar is a gay club/restaurant great for lounging, dancing, or singing. Check out this Boston club at Party Earth. Boston United States 42.308423 -71.058223
3.12 5
dbar - Gay Club | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
Collapse map / See photo gallery
+
Add to list
Ratings:
Lucas
Adriana
Jonah
Emma

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

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–1am, F–Sa 5pm–2am, Su 11am–1am; Kitchen closes 10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth dbar Review

The Scene

A diamond in Dorchester's rough, Boston's dbar is a gay club/restaurant great for lounging, dancing, or singing. Check out this Boston club at Party Earth.

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.

read less
read more

Tip from Emma:

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.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale New American menu featuring gourmet spins on old classics like chicken under a brick, steak, and gnocchi. Sunday brunch.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$14, appetizers $8–$14, entrées $13–$22. Beer $5, wine $7.50–$11, cocktails $8–$9.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: collared shirts, dark jeans, flowy blouses, preppy sweaters, knee-length skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays to watch giddy groups of friends sing their hearts out, or Fridays to reminisce about 80s hairstyles as Madonna croons.

  • Close By

    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.

dbar User Reviews

Average rating:
Dbar is dplace to be in Dorchester
Tony H. Feb 22, 2013
Being new to the area and hearing that Savin Hill was once referred to as ‘Stab ‘n Kill’, I was sufficiently nervous to hang out in Dorchester, a mere hop-skip-and-jump from the Hill. A little dirty and disheveled Dorchester appeared to me, but as we sashayed our way through the black drapes just inside the door of dbar, into a sweeping of booths and bar tables -- many occupied by an array of characters dimly lit by tea candles between them -- I was struck at its chic and warm ambiance. We made the short distance to the bar where I immediately noticed the cackle of gay staff sort of bouncing off each other as they bustled about making drinks and delivering plates of food trailing with an aroma that makes taste buds sweat. They are the quintessential stylish gays, and in their 20s or 30s. They are knowledgeable, friendly and didn’t even grimace when I ordered coconut curry mussels and a side of roasted brussel sprouts. After an hour or so and the crowd had dwindled, tables were whisked away like on a sinking ship, creating an impromptu dance floor in the middle of the room. Within another hour there were a plethora of dance-aholics, including myself, doing their own Gangnam style. It was a freakin’ hoot! I hear Broadway Tuesdays and their Tea Parties are so packed you’ll find yourself rubbing more than elbows. Well, I’ll be back. If dbar is the only sign of gentrification in Dorchester, it’s definitely a shiny one to have.
Load more comments
Not sure where to go this weekend in Boston? Sign up for our weekly email and get updates on the coolest things to do!

Book Now and Save at Hotels.com

Are we missing a venue or event?
Find your scene