The Alley

95% love it
For bears & men who love them
Karaoke and pool tournaments at this cruisy bear bar in New England.
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    • richtwoods
      richtwoods Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cash only which I didn't know before arriving. They have an ATM right by the door and it was just a $3 fee. Interesting place. There's a dance floor on the second floor balcony. Lots of booths and tables for people to sit and socialize. Definitely more of a bear crowd. People weren't as friendly here as they were at Club Cafe and Trophy Room. It was UnderBear night which was fun. Staff at the clothes were nice and efficient.

    • Lnm3921
      Lnm3921 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Is Boston Trying to destroy gay bars?
      The bar is located in an alley that is in a section of town that makes it almost impossible to park. Anytime I've used a rental car to go, I've had to Park over by the theater district then walk many blocks over to get to the bar. It has an okay crowd but I've not seen it packed. The bad thing about Boston is the bars close later than the subway does. So you'll have to take an expensive carbide to get home if you miss it. Boston once had like a half dozen fun bars that were often packed with people. Now they only have a few left. The ones that have survived were and still are the most lame bars. The bars always seem empty or have only a couple of people including the bar tender. How they survive is beyond me? Why is Boston killing it's gay bars? There is no sense of community anymore in a city that once was exciting and fun to be gay in.

    • monkeyrugger
      monkeyrugger Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Amazing drinks and people ... The only bar in Boston I go to

    • pecsz
      pecsz Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun and friendly
      A nice little hide away in freezing Boston. The atmosphere and the bears are warm and friendly. Came on Sunday karaoke night and later in the week for an evening drink. Lively crowd and strong drinks.

    • indistinct
      indistinct Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Windowless and mediocre as a space. Nice location in Government Center, although the parking should be free if the bar owner does indeed own the parking garage. Coming here is rarely worth a $7 parking cover for those who drive. (And if you delay in exiting after paying the fee, you will be charged much more at the gate.) ... Strong drinks, funny bartenders. Attracts mostly friendly people who know a lot about each other. Lots of regulars. On a good night (i.e. Fridays around 6 p.m.), the crowd runs the entire gamut of attractiveness, with some of the hottest guys in town thrown in. Many are friendly. On a bad night, which is too often, you will be disappointed unless you are a regular. It's about as friendly as New England gay bars get, which compared with other places is just sort of friendly.

    • Fritz54
      Fritz54 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place
      Good place to meet the regular guys and the BEARS!

    • natnjames16
      natnjames16 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Very friendly bar
      Packed at night...and nice crowd.

    • GayMay
      GayMay Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The sniff test...
      So I have not yet gone to The Alley but after reading the reviews I noticed people either love the place or don't. It seems I am more inclined to gravitate towards places like this. Recently moved back to Boston and am sniffing it out. Once I have given this place three visits I will write another review...

    • luv2love
      luv2love Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I'll Pass
      o.k. I have been to the Alley a few times before writing this review. Let's see how to start this. I find the people that go to the Alley quite strange and scary.. It's not the cleanest bar around and the workers/bartendars are nasty. We have rocking Joey that is friendly but not the best looking guy (which he acts like he is hot!!! NOT!!! I don't know who the other bartendars name is there on Friday night but he never smiles and he has a lousy personality.. I avoid him at all cost.. I believe that both of these bartendars are there on Saturday night as well so you can't escape them what so ever. The drinks are strong but one of the bartendars doesn't even know how to make a good mixed drink. I find myself going to other gay bars that are cleaner and the bartendars are hot and know how to make a drink and make you feel welcomed. The alley is a hole in the wall and is very hard to find.. My advice if you want a sleezy place go there. If not try other bars it will be worth the trip.. Peace!!!!

    • hstnlooking
      hstnlooking Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I couldn't find this place to save my soul.. I did however manage to get a $50.00 ticket for driving on Washington st from a less than friendly cop... I even called twice... mind you there are two CVS's and probably two Dunkin Donuts on Washington St.... I was pissed...

    • urbanwolf
      urbanwolf Over a year ago
      Hates it

      daddies happy hour
      Went there on happy hours during the week and saw no bears. But did saw a lotsbof daddies and mostly granpa. No music so weird ambiance.

    • folkyboy
      folkyboy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A bear bar before there were bear bars
      This bar is definitely Boston's Bear Central. It can go from just a few old guys sitting around the bar talking about the old Boston gay scene to a full on grunt-and-woof bar where everyone is mashed chest-to-chest. Say hi to Rockin' Joey, the bartender, on Saturday nights.

    • navamsas
      navamsas Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Every bar has a place.
      Here you will find bears. NOT muscle bears but your average bear and down to earth nice people. Much better than Fritz and more manly than Ramrod. Some college students. Drinks are ok and the bartenders nice. On weekends it's cool. It gets half a star because if your attractive and eye candy, alot of unwanted admirers will hit on you. Like you were honey. The clientel is "average joe" but a little creepy.. Parking is none to expensive.

    • retsofmada
      retsofmada Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly Neighborhood bar feeling.
      Great place. Don't have to feel self conscious about anything, friendly people, great bartenders. Very comfortable bar.

    • cbiz
      cbiz Over a year ago
      Loves it

      good company; good drinks; little attitude
      Visiting Boston from NYC, I wanted a low-key (as low key as gay bars can be..) bar to meet some people, hang out and have a few drinks. I enjoyed the Alley. As many have pointed out, the attitude factor is little, the drinks are poured heavily and the people are friendly. it borders somewhere on dive bar meetings local watering hole. It is damned near impossible to find if you don't know Boston; so, good luck!