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The LGBTQ scene in Boston is hardly world-renowned, but it's certainly not staid or buttoned-up. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage, and Boston prides itself on its tolerance. The city has some longstanding gay bars and clubs, first-class drag cabaret, and some pro-LGBTQ bars and restaurants with gay-themed nights. Some of these venues cater to a very specific type, say leather or lesbian, others are simply welcoming to all. If none of these lively options strike your fancy, check out our guides to the best dive bars, Irish pubs, sports bars in Boston.
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