The Alley

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The Alley Bar a staple in the Boston Nightlife.

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Est. in 2003 has a new look sound and feel. This hidden gem offers weekend dance parties and local craft beer.

The Alley Bar a staple in the Boston Nightlife. Est. in 2003 has a new look sound and feel. This hidden gem offers weekend dance parties and local craft beer.

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The Alley Bar
3.7
Based on 222 reviews
Andrew D
02:26 07 Sep 22
What a great place to visit. We were here last Saturday and we had a very welcoming reception. The staff was fantastic, they offered us a place to sit at the bar, everything was perfect. While sitting at the bar we met some local guys, and a guy from Ireland, everyone was very welcoming, and easy to talk to. We laughed and had great conversations. It was our first time at The Ally Bar, can’t wait to go back.
Ben Geravesh
23:12 11 Aug 22
Nice bar, but very grouchy and unwelcoming old bartenders! Don’t waste time. Will not come back 🙂
Greg B
14:08 01 Aug 22
Pleasant. Beary. Friendly stuff. Strong cocktails. Worth a visit. Entrance hidden during daytime, but easy to find when opened.
Taylor Shay
20:37 29 Jul 22
Black unfriendly bar. A bunch of conservative white men with transphobic attitudes. Micro aggressions and discriminatory language amongst patrons. Myself and another Black American patron who descend from the people who built this country clearly were not welcomed.
Jason Bailey-Amos
18:18 05 Jul 22
We were made to feel very welcome by all the star on our trip.Great food and friendly service, we loved it and would recommend a visitThanks to Jerry and Patrick for looking after us
JudeoChristendom C.
00:11 05 Jul 22
Yet, ANOTHER win for OUR God, after Roe vs. Wade!!https://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen4/22b/Boston-gay-pride-cancelled/index.htmlBTW, was the good...
Freddy Soza
18:33 10 Jun 22
Imposible to get a drink in an empty bar 🤔. Is it selfservice? Maybe I didn’t get the kind of customer service experience they offer at this place….
James M.
14:10 10 Jun 22
I walked in and sat at the bar. The bartender kept walking by me asking everyone at the bar if they needed anything. I said, "Excuse me" several times but...
Vincent L.
16:51 25 May 22
A hidden gem right in the middle of downtown - directly beneath, in fact, a back entrance to an adjacent office tower where I once briefly worked. In fact,...
Noah Allen
00:26 10 Apr 22
thatcher loves it. he hasn’t been able to walk the same since 😉
Cole Snider
22:44 28 Mar 22
The Alley Bar was a nice bar overall. Mixed crowd but primarily on the older side. Music was good, drinks were a bit pricey but you tend to expect that in Boston. Quite a bit of seating and definitely more of the bar vibe than the club vibe. There is some dancing upstairs and a pool table. Overall, a very clean establishment that I’d recommend visiting if you’re not looking for a wild night on the town per say.
Jay Bee
20:09 08 Mar 22
Nice space , clean, and friendly environment. Lovely bartender, really cold beer - I loved ❤️ it! - and a great chicken wings full of taste! Thank God I didn’t meet any of those grumpy people mentioned here. I was wondering, are they for real of it was just one or two fellas who were not having a good day ? Who knows ?! PS. I’ve met Edd, Peter and Jake - three very polite fellas and very receptive! I cannot picture those guys treating anyone bad !
Jay Bee
02:07 06 Mar 22
Nice space , clean, and friendly environment. Lovely bartender, really cold beer - I loved ❤️ it! - and a great chicken wings full of taste! Thank God I didn’t meet any of those grumpy people mentioned here. I was wondering, are they for real of it was just one or two fellas who were not having a good day ? Who knows ?!
Jeffrey Gaudreau
01:23 22 Feb 22
Really nice places just sit down have a drink hang out with people you don't really get to see a lot of gay bars in Massachusetts as much
arnold prince
13:42 11 Feb 22
Its a good bar. Most of staff is very friendly but Jack. I tried to avoid going there the nights he is working. He is grumpy, not friendly and not approachable. Also the place is very bright. They should lower the lights a little bit. Love sunday karaoke nights . Courtnney is the best!
arnold prince
18:15 07 Feb 22
Its a good bar. Most of staff is very friendly but Jack. I tried to avoid going there the nights he is working. He is not friendly , grumpy, and not approachable. Also The place is very bright they should lower the lights a little bit. Love sunday karaoke nights . Courtnney is the best!
Nomejodas
00:01 07 Feb 22
The music was horrible, drinks even worse, no place to sit, a lot of white people. No trap music, no twerking music, just whack vibes all around. The fries were good tho.
Travis Y.
22:22 04 Feb 22
Another awesome night. Was here back in the summer...with a new friend and back again with same friend who I'm now married too. This place is very special...
Cam T.
09:00 15 Jan 22
Awful bar with creeps who don't respect privacy. They SCAN your ID. Why? And there are cameras all over the place. CREEPY! Kinda a guarantee that the owners...
Christina S
20:55 31 Dec 21
The bathroom has a urinal in the women's bathroom. I thought that was amazing and progressive. Very inclusive. Also the drinks were strong af. Go here. Do it. You will not regret.
Sean
17:11 29 Dec 21
The place is well kept and beautiful,but the staff needs a little help.
Kiwi Lemons
18:13 13 Nov 21
The bar downstairs is nice enough for a drink and chat.The upstairs dance floor however is not. They play music that’s terrible to dance to and the lack of people dancing seems to me I’m right. The crowd is much older so come if that’s your thing.
Spencer Chase
23:14 31 Oct 21
Just left because the guy serving the tables was helping everyone but us. He kept saying hi to my friend and I and walking away… I have no idea why he didn’t ask to serve us but it would’ve been nice if he had…
Will White
18:12 30 Oct 21
Lively downtown gay bar with mixed crowd. Downstairs had bar bites type food. Upstairs had a pool table and VJ dance/pop music in a cozy space. Good energy and cheap drinks.
Mark Burns
13:41 24 Oct 21
I LOVE THE ALLEY....GREAT FOOD,SERVICE AND DRINKS....UNWIND AND THEN GO UPSTAIRS AND DANCE .
Kevin Whitely
22:11 23 Oct 21
Cool place. Great food and drinks. Nice staff.
Edgar Rodriguez
03:00 14 Oct 21
Was amaizing, excelte ambient, which by the way at that time had not done my eye surgery yet, and I forgot my glasses in the bathroom but thanks to Pedro the bartender I got them back
Will W.
05:03 29 Sep 21
This is probably the least gay "gay bar" I've ever been to in my life. Honestly it could be an Applebees. Maybe it used to be. There is absolutely nothing...
t h.
22:17 18 Sep 21
So Yeah, its Ok fine, the only issue is the lighting. Feels like they grabbed some tips from the high school cafeteria or a Straight bar. Oh wait,...
Anthony Malburg
05:19 11 Aug 21
This place was hard to find! No signs,flags or anything. It’s actually in the alley. So glad we found it. Was a great time and not really busy. Staff was so nice and welcoming since we were from out of town.
Travis Y.
06:11 01 Aug 21
I haven't been to a gay bar for quite sometime but as recently single I took a brief getaway with a new 'friend' and we picked The Alley as our Friday...
Pavel Schmitt
23:24 17 Jul 21
Pretty good place to have a drink and interact with a very mixed crowd. However, whatever you are going to eat, do not order burgers, those are pretty gross :/
Rick B.
04:27 08 Jul 21
I grew up in the Boston area and was back visiting for the 4th of july with my partner. After seeing the fireworks (this year they were on the Boston...
Clint E.
05:51 05 Jul 21
The Alley Bar is a gay bar, perhaps catering to bears. Everyone seemed welcome! We visited this Saturday night and had such fun we went back the next...
Chris Moses
23:24 20 Jun 21
Stumbled across this place. Super quiet and knowlegable staff on Sunday.
Peterj T.
23:02 18 Jun 21
The Alley has always been a dive bar and that is it's appeal. Over the years, the provided Some upgrades - which are nice - but it's still retained it's...
Jayson M
02:53 24 Apr 21
Pretty basic and pointless to come to during COVID. Had the same experience as visiting my local Applebee’s
Michael Jesusarian
02:33 04 Apr 21
Great local hangout. Friendly bartenders, excellent food all for under $20.
Clyde McLeon (C.J.)
23:59 22 Mar 21
Ever since they opened the kitchen last year, the food here has been amazing. You may have to order something off the menu for the table, but it's surely worthwhile to do so. I've had the burger, chicken sangy and off-menu specials like the shrimp scampi which was literally perfect in every way. Good portion, al dente pasta, just enough sliced parmesan... I heard they were opening their kitchen for a long time; I'm glad they took their time to perfect whatever it is they have going on back there. Well done.
Heath M.
10:15 18 Mar 21
In the beginning, there was a gay dive bar unassumingly placed in Pi Alley in Downtown Crossing. The bar wasn't without its quirks, in fact, it needed a lot...
Bob kelley
13:10 28 Jan 21
Awesome place to get some great pub food and drink. Nice selection of beer on tap as well as some excellent cocktails. Today we just got some appetizers and drinks. Joe was our waiter/ bartender and as always he kept us laughing with his friendly and amusing conversation. I got a bourbon rocks with a Blue Moon on tap. My wife loves the Cosmos at The Alley. We got a dessert to share which was very good. There is street parking available after 6 weeknights and all day Sat and Sun. There’s also a garage above the bar and you can get your ticket validated by your bartender or waiter.
John May
19:52 18 Oct 20
Love love love the Alley bar but wouldn’t it be better to be closed on a Tuesday than on a Sunday when there is absolutely nothing to do in the city 😱
Robert Lerma
02:57 02 Oct 20
Excellent service. The guys working were so friendly and attentive. The restaurant was also very clean. And as far as the food the Buffalo chicken wings I ordered were delicious.
Rumit P.
07:13 23 Jun 19
Here's the gist: Two-story bar with two bars, lots of bears and otters, strong drinks, dance floor upstairs, cash only, and no cover.My friends and I...

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