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LGBTQ+ Boston/BU Info

Nestled alongside the Charles River, Boston University is located in the heart of Boston—steps away from Fenway Park, world-class museums, and a wide variety of historic enclaves and tourist attractions.

Easily accessible on foot or by public transportation, Boston’s distinct neighborhoods offer a range of culinary traditions from around the globe, fueling the city’s burgeoning reputation for award-winning restaurants and chefs. From popular food destinations such as the North End, Chinatown, or the South End to off-the-beaten-track gems in East Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, or Brookline—not to mention the wide range of options across the river in Cambridge—you will discover much to tantalize the taste buds, along with the rich historical and cultural perspectives that bring cuisines to life.

The physical components of the conference will be held on the ground floor of 808 Commonwealth Avenue, the space of the Boston University Food Studies Programs. All rooms and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

There are many places to park your bike on campus. Here is a map of the bike racks. Boston also has a bike sharing program called Blue Bikes

Boston also has a robust public transit system. The Green Line B train and the 57 bus stop right in front of the building.

For people travelling by car, there is parking available to the public in the Essex street garage and lot—behind the BU Gastronomy building at 808 Commonwealth. It’s $12 for the day and is first-come, first-served. There is also parking for the same price at the Agganis Arena, a few blocks away. People can buy car parking passes here

For more information about Boston, check out Boston University’s Neighborhood Guides and the City of Boston Visitors’ Guide.

We will continue to add more LGBTQ+ specific information over the coming months, but we have some recommendations in the Boston/ Cambridge/ Somerville region:


All She Wrote Books: queer feminist bookstore. 

All She Wrote Books is also the official bookseller of the Queer Food Conference. All She Wrote will have a table at the conference. You can also buy books from All She Wrote Books online at:

Trident Books: books, breakfast, and more

Cafes and Restaurants

Diesel Cafe: queer-owned eatery

Life Alive: social justice oriented organic cafe

Madhouse: cafe

Tenderoni's: lesbian owned pizza restaurant 

Fool's Errand: lesbian owned adult snack bar

Ritcey East: trans owned restaurant and bar

Sweet Cheeks BBQ: lesbian owned BBQ restaurant

Fox and the Knife: Italian restaurant

Bar Volope: Italian restaurant


Rebel Rebel: queer and feminist wine bar 

Dear Annie: queer and feminist wine bar

Haley Henry: queer owned wine bar 

Nathalie: queer owned wine bar, focusing on woman-produced wines 

Blend Dorchester: has drag brunches

Jacque's Cabaret: Boston's oldest drag cabaret with shows nightly

Dani's Queer Bar Boston: hosts pop ups, space to open soon

Anchovies Bar: food and spirits 

Momma's: grocery and wine


Drawn Down Brewing: queer woman owned brewery

More Boston Queer Food and Drink Resources
Cirque du Soufflé: queer chocolate and unique 5-course dessert tasting menus
Chef Jason: queer private catering
Basil Tree: queer woman owned catering
Queeraoke : event at Midway Cafe in Boston/Jamaica Plains 

More Boston LGBTQ+ Resources
BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
The Edge
Boston Pride
SpeakOUT Boston