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by Joseph Pedro
Gay Boston Things to Do

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Ames Boston, 1 Court St., Boston. Tel: 800-231-3885. Located in the renovated Ames building in the center of the Financial District is one of the newest and trendiest kids on the block, redefinimg the hotel experience in Boston. Rooms from $300.

Clarendon Square Inn, 198 West Brookline St., Boston. Tel: 617-536-2229. This gay-owned bed and breakfast provides a fresh and exciting take on the b&b experience with its modern style and accomodations. Rooms from $175.

Fairmont Batter Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf. Boston. Tel: 617-994-9000. This sprawling property located on the water evokes the feeling of being at a summer resort rather than an urban property. Large rooms with stunning views and a location right next to the North End. Rooms from $450.

Hotel Veritas, 1 Remington St., Cambridge. Tel: 617-520-5000. The boutique hotel experience can be found right in Cambridge. This small property is like staying at a friend's home with small, yet cozy rooms and a lounge that serves up delicious local brew and cocktails. Rooms from $350.

Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. Tel: 800-440-3318. Stay in this reasonably-priced hotel and make the constantly evolving Seaport District your home for your stay in Boston. Enjoy the stunning Boston Harbor views and friendly service that the Seaport Hotel is known for. Rooms starting at $250.

Boston Pretzel Bakery, 4 South Market. Quincy Market, East End. Tel: 617-522-949. President of Boston Pride owns this famous pretzel stop at Quincy Market.

Russell House Tavern, 14 JFK St., Cambridge. Tel: 617-500-3055. This Harvard Square restaurant perfectly combines a mix of old-fashioned pub décor with New American cuisine. Catering to a college-student crowd, you won't be diasspointed in the expertly prepared food and vast drink menu.

Smith & Wollensky, 101 Arlington St., Boston. Tel: 617-423-1112 . A steakhouse located in one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in the city—an armory/castle built in 1882. Various dining rooms pay homage to the structure's past, and the massive food portions are enough to fill anyone's stomach.

Sportello, 348 Congress St., Boston. Tel: 617-737-1234. This Barbara Lynch-owned restaurant whimsically plays with the lunch counter style of old and reinvents it with Italian-inspired dishes.

Woodward, 1 Court St., Boston. Tel: 617-979-8200. You'll want to grab a table outdoors at the Ames Hotel's restaurant. The restaurant offers great people watching with fantastic food to match, especially the scrumptious flatbread choices. Sample the masterfully concocted cocktails.

Flagship Adventures, 200 Seaport Ave., Boston. Tel: 978-744-3524. Hope on a high-speed RIB vessel to explore Boston Harbor. Discover the series of islands filled with summer recreational activities.

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. Tel: 617-478-3100. There is no excuse good enough to miss this architecturally iconic museum on the waterfront. With an impressive permanent collection and even more noteworthy exhibitions, spend a half-day admiring this institution.

New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. Tel: 617-973-5200. One of the most visited aquariums in the world, you'll see why when you spend time admiring the 29,000-gallon central aquarium. Go during the week to avoid the swarms of people.

Urban Adventures, 103 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Tel: 617-670-0637. Explore the city on one of these excellent guided bike tours. Knowledgeable guides with a keen sense of humor show off just how bike-able this city is. You can also rent a bike to explore on your own.

Alley Bar, 275 Washington St., Boston. Tel: 617-263-1449 . This neighborhood bar attracts a more down-to-earth crowd and those of the bearish variety.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. Tel: 617-536-0966. Boston's only gay-owned, full-service restaurant and nightclub packs in a boozy crowd of locals during the weekend and has plenty of themed nights during the week to keep you busy.

Drink, 348 Congress St., Tel: 617-695-1806. Here, specially trained mixologists make a drink that fits your mood. All you have to do is tell them what you like and don't like, and a drink will be made for you.

Kiss 'N Tell is an extremely popular, monthly, lesbian party that takes place south of Boston at RCC (44 Mezzeo Drive. Randolf) by the party girls of Shuttavac Promotions. is your one-stop resource for finding all the lesbian events going on in Boston and the surrounding area.

Machine, 1256 Boylston St. Tel: 617-536-1950. This classic gay bar packs in the boys and girls (every second Saturday) with their themed nights, spacious floor, and sexy dancers.

Foxy! Man Dance Party takes place on the first and third Sunday of the moth at ZuZu (474 Massachusetts Ave).

Group Hug at Enormous Room (569 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge) is a monthly Sunday afternoon party that welcomes bears, otters, and admirers.

Paradise, 180 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge. Tel: 617-868-3000. This Cambridge gay nightspot has all you need to have a flagrant night out on the town. Head downstairs and enjoy the newly expanded dance floor.

Boston LGBT Film Festival is a ten-day annual event that takes place in early spring and showcases the best in LGBT-themed films throughout the city at various venues.

Boston Pride takes place each year in early June (this year from June 3-12) and is considered the largest Pride celebration in New England attracting around 400,000 people. The ten-day event features loads of entertainment and the iconic parade.

Gay and Lesbian Convention & Vistors Bureau has all the information you need and more about how to plan a fabulous trip to the city.

Greater Boston Business Council is a coalition of LGBT-owned and gay–friendly businesses in the greater Boston area. This is a great resource to find companies who support equality.


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