Meet the Mayor: dbar

Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.

James Pickering

They told me this is a gay bar, but it looks like a restaurant. Where's the dancefloor?

Well, it's not officially, but it's gay-owned, so they cater to that demographic. It's very upscale, classy, and they take out the restaurant area [the tables ‘n stuff] if there's a dance party.

Thirty years ago, Dorchester wouldn't have been cool with an establishment such as this. What changed?

Dorchester used to have a bad reputation for being kind of a slum of Boston. Over the years, it got developed. A lot of people who had professional jobs and made a lot of money moved to the area because it was cheaper, and it ended up becoming more inhabited by the gay population.

So there are upsides to gentrification?


What does the "d" in dbar stand for?
I think it's Dorchester, but I'm not sure.

What do you think it should stand for?
Let's see....I really don't know. Maybe "dick"? But that's the stereotypical, obvious answer!

It's also what I was hoping you would say. Anyway, what's the best time you've had here?

My best experience has been ‘80s night. I'm an ‘80s baby, ao all that music is really appealing to me.

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