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Alphonso's of Revere
The strippers of today! In the yrs. I was there it was one wild gangster hangout. Boy, what stuff went on in there!! I should right it all down and write my book! Al got stabbed one night from a...

The strippers of today! In the yrs. I was there it was one wild gangster hangout. Boy, what stuff went on in there!! I should right it all down and write my book! Al got stabbed one night from a dancer b/c he asked her for a "BJ". Then there was the EBBTIDE, Revere, Mass. This place was full of the hitmen like Barboza, Zinna, LePore, Louie Greco, Guy Frizzi. etc.. I really can't remember all the names. It was a Providence gang hangout for Tameleo, Maxey Bear, on and on.1960's was the time to be around in all those dives, but they provided me with one hell of an education! I saw it all, by the time I was 18 !! The shootings, stabbings, sex under their hats,:-) hookers, strong arm guys, mostly all heavy hitters. All gone now though. Don't know where you'd go today though. There is no where to go today!! -- Antonette

Posted: November 30, 2002 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Playland
Essex Street

The Playland closed a couple of years ago (sniff), but before it did it was the oldest continually operating gay (and a little bit more)bar in Boston, having opened, I belive, in 1938. The building is still there as it is a historical site. Ask anyone who has ever been there and they'll probably groan, but smile at the same time. Everyone has a playland story.(and everyone knew- arrive in a cab/leave in a cab) A true dive. X-mas lights 365; cheap drinks/smoky air; regulars, bartenders, and a waitress, who all looked ten minutes late for their dirt nap; a jukebox playing only suicidal/songs/by/dead/divas (Judy Garland, Patsy Cline...); drag queens bursting out of the bathroom screaming "That mothahfuckah stole my fuckin' cocaine"; and best of all, a sign over the bar that read: BANKS DON'T SERVE LIQUOR; WE DON'T LEND OUT MONEY -- Charlie

Posted: November 30, 2002 | Permanent link | Comments (2)

Sonny's
Corner of Huntington and South Huntington

Been out of business for years, (late 80's) but I have never encountered a slimier, needle-infested hole in my life - and I've seen a few. Sticky floors, one restroom, Alabama Slammers for $2.50 (I think... memory is kinda fuzzy). What a great time! Maybe some of you O.G.s remember it? -- jmoney

Posted: December 01, 2002 | Permanent link | Comments (1)

The Stork Club and more
None of them will ever compare with places like Izzy Ott's, Jacks Lighthouse, The Hillbilly Ranch and The Stork Club. As far as low down dumps go there used to be a place in North Cambridge called Orlorffs, or "The...

None of them will ever compare with places like Izzy Ott's, Jacks Lighthouse, The Hillbilly Ranch and The Stork Club. As far as low down dumps go there used to be a place in North Cambridge called Orlorffs, or "The Piggery." It would be hard to beat it for being a dump. -- Fred Sennott

Fred...my Dad has a few questions. Was The Stork the after hours place in Charlestown and where in N. Canbridge was Orloff's? He used to drink at the Crimson and the Stag Club in Harvard Square. -- Beso

Yes, The Stork Club was in City Sq. and even had detail cops keeping order after hours. They didn't open until Midnight. Orloff's was in North Cambridge opposite the car barns. I don't really think the Sligo was ever that bad certainly notin Orloff's league, it was too clean. The Golden Nugget was High Class for the old Combat Zone. It just wasn't in Izzy Orts league and was more expensive. -- Fred Sennott

I remember going to the Hillbilly Ranch in the fifities. At that time there uded to be a dive on Washington St. called The Golden Nugget. -- Helen Falck

The Hammond at Washington Square in Brookline - very very divy - when Brookline went non-smoking, I think they were nervous about losing their entire clientele, so they continued to allow patrons to smoke, and just paid the fines which to them was cheaper than losing their customers. Now it's called the Washington Square Cafe or something highly original like that.
Beso: The Washington Square Tavern is the antithesis of a dive bar. Highly sanitized ... yuck. -- miranda

Yeah, my sister is friends with the guy who cleaned it up ... he did a great job with it (if you like classy bars as opposed to dives). -- Will

Posted: October 30, 2002 | Permanent link | Comments (4)

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