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There are 4 comments on Where Are All the Lesbian Bars?

  1. The LAVA LOUNGE on the roof of 575 Commonwealth Ave (currently a Boston University Dorm) was a prominent dyke bar prior to B.U. buying the building. A separate elevator off to the right side of the building brought patrons directly to the club.It offered a nice view of Kenmore Square and it had a swimming pool.

    Greyhounds was a popular Dyke bar in Boston’s financial district. There was a lesbian bar in Central Square Cambridge that started off as a gay men’s bar but switched to a lesbian bar for a short while (NO! not the Paradise Bar) Also a second lesbian bar opened on Main Street in Cambridge. I do not remember the name of either of them—they were short-lived.

    I am a 68 year old gay man who has worked as an electrician at B.U for the last 48 years.

    I am known as Robbie

  2. Following up on Robbie’s comment, I’ll note for purposes of BU and Boston-area LGBTQIA+ history that at least through the early 80’s (1984-85ish?) there was a low-key lesbian bar in Central Square called the Marquee, at 512 Mass Ave. As a gay (male) student at Harvard, when my friends and I wanted to go out for drinks and dancing the unpretentiousness of the Marquee, and its proximity, made it an appealing option. That is, the bouncers at the Marquee would sometimes (not always) let gay guys in if they showed up as part of a bigger mostly-women group. In contrast to Buddies, the see-and-be-seen bar that drew most gay college boys in that era, the Marquee was much more relaxing for me: first, I could go with my women friends, and as a somewhat introverted gay guy I could also feel both completely safe from the world’s homophobia at the Marquee and also free from the heavy cruising energy of men on the prowl for each other. And if the Marquee let you in, you knew it wasn’t crowded that night. Do even though their dance floor was small you could actually dance without bumping into folks. I seem to remember that we went on Wednesday nights, but I can’t remember why — maybe that was the designated night for mixed-gender groups? A couple links refer to the Marquee in an old post at http://lostwomynsspace.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-marquee.html?m=1 .

  3. When we create a more inclusive society, there is no need for sexual orientation specific bars as much as needed in the past to protect the attendees. Seems that Boston is a very inclusive city.

  4. @Robbie & Will: Those bars sound amazing! Especially the Lava Lounge. I wish I could’ve been around in that era to experience them.

    @Jorge: It’s true that Boston feels inclusive and safe, especially compared to some other parts of the country, but I would like to see more lesbian-centered spaces for people to hang out and have a fun night out. It’s more about having the opportunity to meet (and date!) new people and bond over shared experiences than about sequestering people because of outside prejudice.

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