Machine (Closed Permanently)

92% love it
GayCities Members report that Machine has closed
Casual dance spot
Machine features hunky bartenders and dance boxes, a good pairing with Ramrod's leather crowd.
  • 1256 Boylston St
    Boston, MA 02215
    Near: at Ipswich St.
  • Fenway
  • Website
  • Mon, Fri, Sat 6:00pm-1:00am
    Wed Midnight-1:00am
    Thu 8:00pm-1:00am
    Sun 3:00pm-4:00pm 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Open Now
  • (617) 536-1950
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    • Lukeypants
      Lukeypants Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Brit in Boston
      In town visiting schools, randomly showed up at this bar... alone. Staff and Patrons very welcoming. I had a lovely evening, with the minor exception of some unwanted attention. I would recommend this place for anyone in town on their own.

    • Honesttoafault
      Honesttoafault Over a year ago
      Loves it

      better than a chris Harris night.
      Lets face it. It's what we have. Deal with it. Go. And have fun. Omg. Drugs in a nightclub. You don't say!! Grow up! It's fun. Just do away with 19 night. Nightclubs have booze drugs and fun. Get over it prissy Bostonians.

    • indistinct
      indistinct Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I think Machine is the part of the downstairs area that you have to pay to get into. First of all, no gay bar or club in the Boston area these days should be charging a cover. Honestly though, Machine is kind of a mystery to me. The bartenders throughout Ramrod/Machine are great, but I've never had a compelling reason to pay a $10 cover for the Machine area, just so I can pay more for expensive drinks and watch a bunch of kids I have nothing in common with. Anyone over age 30 probably won't feel compelled to enter.

    • CandaceAnne01
      CandaceAnne01 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      if the hookers and coke dealers arent
      up yours most of the little boys are. the place is nasty

    • Meshellatl
      Meshellatl Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Definitely worth it
      A little outside of city but staff was very friendly and crowd was fine. I asked the bartender to make me something with coconut and he did a fantastic job!

    • blondofborg
      blondofborg Over a year ago

      Decent dance venue any night of the week
      It's a pretty fun place to hang out, dance, or whatever takes your fancy. And I give it credit for still being pretty busy on a Monday night. But there's nothing particularly amazing about it. And a cover? On a Monday? Really? Still, a good time with the right crowd.

    • mbp2620
      mbp2620 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Machine/Ramrod local's perspective.
      This bar used to own Friday dance nights but the management and lame DJs have ground it into the ground. It is currently in last gasp mode. Ramrod upstairs used to draw a sketchy (in the best way) crowd to its mid lit and monitored back room for the dirtiest safe grope and make-out scene Boston could offer. Again, management has canned most of the bartenders with loyal followings and have mandated the serving of the weakest drinks in any Boston gay bar. It tells, crowd has dropped way off. Friday is the only night to go, if at all.

    • navamsas
      navamsas Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Reliable fun.
      The crowd is cute, mixed ages and all types. Especially Friday and Saturday! (Friday is the better)! Ramrod upstairs is good for some surprisingly dirty fun. Monday nights with the drag show and hot tunes is a must see. Other nights are ok. Definately a reliable stable bar year round.

    • MatthewA
      MatthewA Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I love the Machine! Yes it's a gay bar with TWO bars in one space (RamRod is upstairs) and the Machine on the lower level. Cover is needed to get into Machine on Friday and Saturday nights. (abt. $10) The Machine is good on Friday nights. It's generally packed that night. Filled to the gills with hot men and boys of all types. It has a pool room, and a dance room that has several bars areas. I never had to wait long for a drink either. The coat check is fine, the lines go fast. Big clean bathrooms that are all unisex. The music has never failed to disappoint. Its a fun and friendly crowd that is free and open. The lights and laser shows are dreamy and take you away to the freeked up place you want to be. It is here one can let go, be free, and dance the night away.

    • esrdc3198
      esrdc3198 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Out of towner
      My friend and I (who is straight) are from out of town. Richmond, to be exact, and we liked the place. The staff at the door were very nice! The bartenders were pretty cool, and everyone treated my friend and I (plus my boyfriend) like we were all welcome!

    • Hoedown
      Hoedown Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Crowd only Fridays...needs a facelift
      Crowd sometimes interesting. B- Some Bartenders generally friendly. C+ Mixed Drinks..only ok if you get the right bartender D Door-Men and Bouncers mega attitude, huff and puff around the bar like you should know just how important they really must be. F Goof effort to make the lower level more interesting and appealing physically B (except bathrooms)

      NATIVENEWYORKER Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Place is a dump!
      I hate it, suspicious looking characters. Better off going to Church.

    • BearlyTamed
      BearlyTamed Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Busy one night a week.
      It gets a very mixed crowd on Friday. There is nothing happening here the rest of the week.

    • BehrHunter
      BehrHunter Over a year ago
      Hates it

      This place sucks
      It sucks so bad, the staff have resorted to writing their own reviews. Its busy on Friday. Thats it. Dead the rest of the week.