Explore the gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in New England, including Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Also, see the Boston Gay Bar Guide and the Providence Gay Nightlife Guide for extensive lists of gay and gay-friendly bars and lounges in those cities.
From historic dive bars to trendy bunch restaurants, here's an idea of the gay-friendly places you'll find in the New England states.
Pied Bar, Provincetown, Massachusetts
The Pied Bar in Provincetown has been a vibrant gay and lesbian bar, grill & dance club with a spacious beachside deck.
The bar has been on the market for some time and it is reported that the TV, film, and Broadway actor, gay comic, and part-time Provincetown resident Lea DeLaria will be taking over the Pied Bar. It is not yet known whether the name will be changed.
The bar is located at 193A Commercial Street and reportedly will continue as a gay dance club.
Boston Eagle, Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Eagle Gay Bar is one of Boston's oldest gay bars. It's located at 520 Tremont Street. Best described as an iconic gay dive bar, the gritty Boston Eagle is filled with antiques and memorabilia.
There's pool, pinball, and scheduled Erotic Photo Hunts until closing at 2 a.m.
No. Five-O Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine
No. Five-O in Ogunquit, a noted gay-friendly seaside town, is a great place for brunch. In the evenings, there's a cozy lounge and a more formal dining room serving first-rate contemporary food making it a perfect romantic gay date spot. The restaurant has an impressive wine list, and the kitchen prepares such tempting fare as Maine lobster cakes with a creamy corn sauce. They are located at 50 Shore Road.
Atlantic House Gay Bar, Provincetown, Massachusetts
The Atlantic House Gay Bar, in Provincetown, has been openly gay-friendly for over 50 years and is reportedly the oldest gay bar in the United States. Frommer's calls it "the nation's premier gay bar."
They have a dance floor, two bars and pay tribute to Provincetown resident Tennessee Williams. The bar, located at 6 Masonic Place, includes the original tavern (part of the 200-year-old building) now known as the Little Bar, which has a fireplace and jukebox.
Mega-Plex, Providence, Rhode Island
Mega-Plex Providence, open 24 hours, is a gay bathhouse at 257 Allens Avenue. The spacious club is a five-minute drive south of downtown in an industrial area of South Providence, near the river and just off I-95. Mega-Plex boasts some 300 lockers, 75 private rooms, and plenty of common areas for cruising and mingling. Since there are no gay bathhouses in Boston, Providence draws people from the Boston area.
Also, check out the Providence Gay Bars Guide
Delux Cafe, Boston, Massachusetts
Cafe Delux Boston, located at 100 Chandler Street, is a casual bar with food, drinks and Elvis memorabilia on the walls.
Delux Cafe is a key part of the South End dining and cocktail scene. Hipsters, both gay and straight, favor this offbeat spot for its creative comfort food, bar scene, and late hours ('til 1 a.m.). It's a short walk from South End gay nightspots.
Boatslip Resort, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Boatslip Resort Provincetown is an iconic, adults-only hotel catering to lesbians and gay men. It's home to the "world famous Tea Dance," held daily at 4 p.m. where socializing and dancing takes over the outdoor deck.
The scenic resort overlooks Cape Cod Bay, and close to Commercial Street's shops, cafes and art galleries. Herring Cove Beach, with calm waters ideal for swimming, is 2 miles away.
Club Cafe, Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday dance parties start at 10 p.m. A Retro T-Dance is held Sunday's beginning at 6 p.m.
Maine Street Bar, Ogunquit, Maine
The Maine Street Bar Ogunquit is part of Ogunquit's vibrant gay nightclub scene. Located at 195 Main Street, Maine Street Bar is the leading late-night venue hosting performers from Hedda Lettuce and other touring drag divas to piano cabaret to guest DJs to keep everyone entertained. There's karaoke some nights, a Saturday T-dance from 4 to 8 p.m., pool tournaments, monthly women's parties, and more.
Front Porch Piano Bar, Ogunquit, Maine
Franklin Cafe, Boston, Massachusetts
The Crown & Anchor, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Located at 247 Commercial Street, Crown & Anchor Provincetown is a hotel, restaurant, and gay nightclub located on the ocean.
Specialty nights, DJ dance parties, musical entertainment, and Ru Paul Drag Race viewing parties keep things lively at the Crown & Anchor.