The Alley Boston, Guide & Review
Nestled inside Downtown Crossing, near what is unofficially Boston’s wild weekend drinking district, this long-standing, bear-centric, leather bar offers dance, karaoke, and trivia nights, as well as pool tables in a casual, sports bar-like atmosphere. The entrance is a little off the beaten path, but the name is a staple among the LGBTQ community, so once you’re there, you’ll know that you’ve arrived at the right spot. The bi-level space is constantly a buzz, packing in the crowds that always accumulate on weekends (and, when in season, the weekly communal RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties). Once you’ve discovered the hidden den, you’ve found your fellow bears. This is the place for weeknight trivia, late-night beers (it closes at 2 am every night), and barely clothed dance parties.
The Alley features great food, a diverse selection of beers that are reasonably priced, friendly bartenders, craft beer, a late-night menu, friendly staff and people, creative cocktails, a fun atmosphere, lovely toilets, stylish interior, live sports, big TVs, pub games, free WI-FI, child-friendly, and chic decor.
It’s perfect for parties. It’s delightful, welcoming, and comfortable and definitely a great stop for those going to Boston with excellent music and drinks. The bartenders at the rectangular bar are very friendly. They make you feel at home and check on you frequently and get very attuned to
the speed at which you finish your drinks. Plenty of TV screens that are religiously playing live Boston sports and a big scroll-down full screen where they show the game of the night – especially if it is a big playoff game and such. 2 pool tables make for a good hobby and socializing for regulars. Good spot for a late afternoon beer and chat. The neighborhood feels and met several men for a pleasant diversion. Very welcoming. Highly recommended!