You should know when anyone says they live in Boston, they almost always mean they live in the Greater Boston Metro Area which includes Boston and all the towns around Boston that everyone thinks are just neighborhoods. Technically speaking, Rachel and Lizz went to school in Waltham and then Rachel moved to a city called Cambridge and Lizz moved to a Boston neighborhood called Allston.
On the other hand, you can ride the MBTA system of subways and buses. The subway, or the T, is awesome and also kind of sucks. Also it stops running around 1 am. Except that Boston has the most expensive cabs ever. You can bike almost anywhere in Boston in about 20 minutes.
Literally end to end in under an hour. Lizz used to bike to work in Cambridge every day until one day she almost got hit by one of those previously mentioned above ground Ts.
The South End is made up largely of beautiful red brick bowfront apartment buildings built in the midth century. At some point it became wicked gentrified by gays actually, mostly gay men in the s, and is now some of the most expensive property in Boston. Although the area maintained its gay flavor, it tends to be inhabited by wealthy middle aged gays and their artist significant others.
As that is the case, the South End is also home to some of the best restaurants and small art studios in the whole city. Everyone sits out on the porch all the time hanging out with each other and strangers just walk by and join in. All the queer women who live in JP seem to know each other and, because they live so far away from the rest of the city, are exclusively friends with other queer people from JP.
Full of coffeeshops, bookstores, and vegan food, they are a little expensive to live in especially Cambridge , but nice places to spend an afternoon. Highlights include Harvard Square touristy as it is , Davis Square, and also some out-of-the-way delights like Union Square. Gay Bars While Boston lacks a proper lesbian bar, there is basically a girls night somewhere every Friday and Saturday of the month. The biggest is Second Saturday at Machine.
The Milky Way is a restaurant in JP that gets packed full of JP regulars social drinking in the front and dancing in the back. Venus Rising is a private party in the extremely lush Foundation Room at the House of Blues held the first Friday of every month. Queeraoke usually draws a cool crowd, if not a lot of the same JP folks from the Milky Way.
On Tuesdays you can head over to Zuzu for their Queer Ladies Night, which is a little quieter than some other parties but also notable for being much more T-accessible than virtually every other party ever. GQB announces the bar of choice the Thursday night before the party and everyone shows up the next Friday. GQB used to be every first Friday thus competing with the increasingly popular Venus Rising but seems to maybe be moving to the second Friday of the month.
One of the cool things about Girl Spot is they often hold it in a chill spot where you can actually have a drink and talk to someone. Still, a lot of the queer women I know hang out there particularly on the weekdays.
Tuesday Trivia is supposed to be particularly fun. Rush , the dance party on Saturdays, is reportedly one of the best dance nights around. Also Fritz is a super friendly gay sports bar with a shockingly good brunch menu. Its sister site, Bloc 11, is located about a half hour away on foot in Union Square. Both of them feature delicious sandwiches ranging from the meaty to the tofu-y, and a rotation of soups. Diesel has recently stepped up its brunch game as well — try the breakfast burrito.
Also, Boston-area Autostraddle meetups have taken place here, so. Barrington Coffee Congress Street, Boston As far as quality of coffee goes, Barrington Coffee Roasters is maybe probably the best in Boston [according to Lizz who has a refined and sensitive coffee palate][but not according to Rachel, who knows this is some straight up bullshit]. Their cafe in the Fort Point neighborhood serves up their finely brewed coffee and espresso drinks made by their incredibly well trained staff.
Veggie Planet Harvard Square, Cambridge A haven for hipster queers who want cheap all-day vegetarian food and breakfast pizzas, Veggie Planet has a fun menu and cute waitstaff.
If you come here for brunch, be ready to wait in line.