Guide to Providence and Boston Gay Bathhouses and Sex Clubs

Mega Plex
photo by Andrew Collins

As Boston is without any sex clubs or bathhouses, New England's top city for cruising and late-night fun is Providence, Rhode Island. It's home to a pair of gay bathhouses, Mega-Plex and Club Body Center. Providence is just an hour's drive south of Boston, so it tends to lure plenty of guys from there as well as in nearby cities like Hartford, Worcester, and even Cape Cod.

Providence has a significant LGBT population including plenty of students and staff from Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, and Providence College. 

Mega-Plex

Mega-Plex is the largest and most popular of the two, drawing a lively crowd around the clock. 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. It's located along a small strip of sexually charged establishments, most of them straight "gentleman's" clubs.

Mega-Plex lives up to its "mega" billing with some 300 lockers, 75 private rooms, and plenty of fun common areas for strutting, cruising, and mingling. The crowd here is all ages, ranging from randy college students (Providence and Boston are both major university centers) to more seasoned veterans of bathhouse culture.

The address is 257 Allens Avenue.

Club Body Center

With a more central location downtown, within walking distance of several gay bars and a number of hotels, there's always Club Body Center open 24 hours a day. Although CBC Providence isn't quite as consistently popular as Mega-Plex, it's long cultivated a loyal following among leather daddies, bears, and beefy butch guys. The crowd tends to be over 35 here.

The address is 257 Weybosset Street.

Providence Gay Bars

Providence also has some notable gay bars located downtown, in the hip DownCity neighborhood. Part of an eclectic, thriving, multifaceted arts space in the middle of downtown, the Bar at AS220 is a popular gathering spot for those who are creative and open-minded.

Also in downtown, a short walk from several of Providence's most prominent hotels, Dark Lady is one of the top dance clubs in the region popular with both gay men and lesbians.

Boston Gay Bars

Boston may not be home to a huge number of gay bars, but it does have a variety of bars, neighborhood pubs, dance bars, and inviting lounges inside trendy restaurants (mostly in the South End). Boston also has a number of mainstream clubs that have weekly or monthly gay nights. But Providence remains the area's most gay-friendly town.

The Alley, Boston's favorite gay bear hangout, is accessed down a narrow alley (not easy to find) tends to draw a somewhat eclectic crowd, as it's the only gay bar downtown.

The South End's Boston Eagle could be called the "gay Cheers" of Boston. This smallish dive bar can get mightily cruisy toward the end of an evening. The bar draws a varied, mostly male crowd of all ages. 

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