Hang on to your librettos.
In this installment of Out and About in Boston, find out why Show Tune Tuesdays will get your toes tapping at Dorchester’s friendly neighborhood dbar. Broadway has arrived in Boston, but this is no national tour of The Lion King.
In fact, it’s better. Held weekly at Dorchester hotspot dbar, Show Tune Tuesday is a little slice of musical theatre heaven. It’s a feast for your ears and your eyes as VJ Ryan Grow plays hit after hit on the bar’s many projector screens; he delights with clips from musical movies, entire Tony performances, big production numbers from Glee – he even throws in some popular YouTube clips here and there. If Barbra Streisand or Patti Lupone appears, the crowd squeals with delight. At times, you’ll find the entire bar singing along with the cast of Rent or A Chorus Line. (Don’t worry, though, this isn’t karaoke – I wouldn’t inflict that upon you). Even those not-so-well-versed in musical theatre can’t help but tap their toes.
Upon entering, you’ll notice that dbar is tiny; on Tuesdays, it fills up quick. What it lacks in size, though, it makes up for in charm. The bartenders are super friendly, the mixed drinks are to die for, and the atmosphere is very warm (I’ve never seen so much dark wood paneling so tastefully done!). Might I suggest heading over a bit early and sampling the food? Chef Christopher Coomb’s seasonal menus are always a knockout. The guy’s so good he’s made not one but two appearances on Food Networks’s competition-reality show Chopped.
dbar made Out.com’s 2011 list of the best fifty gay bars in the world, but you might be surprised to find out it doesn’t actually brand itself as “gay.” But who needs labels? I can assure you that it is extremely gay friendly. At the same time, my straight friends always have a good time when they tag along (except when I’m singing, but that’s beside the point).
Show Tune Tuesday is a uniquely fabulous good time – it’s Broadway extravagance with a friendly hometown touch. This is definitely not your typical gay nightlife scene in Boston, and that’s why I love it so much. This Tuesday, practice your scales in the shower, head over to dbar for dinner, and stay for the show. Your inner musical-theatre nerd will thank you.
We Love Beantown’s column Out and About in Boston brings you the latest and greatest that the Boston LGBTQ community has to offer – nightlife, resources, events, and more.