Welcome to dbar
dbar is Dorchester's premiere destination for fine dining, delicious cocktails and exciting nightlife.
Open 7 days a week, dbar is a full service restaurant that seamlessly transforms into a nightclub and lounge as the night goes on.
Formerly an old school Irish pub filled with mahogany charm, dbar has been renovated into a hip chic hot spot. With warm glowing candles & long leather banquettes, dbar offers a casual and comfortable atmosphere that attracts clientele from Dorchester and surrounding areas.
The unique and classy menu inspired by Executive Chef Christopher Coombs changes with the seasons and features the finest and freshest available ingredients throughout the New England area. Most of the menu takes a French twist, but also contains an assortment of comfort foods (such as our famous Veal & Pancetta Bolognaise) and old favorites (like our simple yet delicious Giannone Chicken Under a Brick.)
Looking for the perfect cocktail? From espresso martinis to a fine glass of Bordeaux, dbar caters to all tastes. The eclectic martini list will excite and gratify while our selection of over 200 bottles of wine will far exceed your expectations.
Come… surrender to your innermost desires at dbar.
- Monday - Saturday 5:30-10pm
- Sunday Brunch
Bar open all day
- Bar & Nightlife
- Sunday - Thursday 5pm - last call
Friday - Saturday 5pm-2am
Christopher Coombs, Executive Chef
Christopher A. Coombs is dbar’s hip, young and trend-setting Executive Chef. Coombs’ culinary career began on the north shore of Boston working in a neighbor’s seafood restaurant at an early age. Upon graduating high school, Coombs’ drive and passion for food led him to pursue an education at The Culinary Institute of America in New York. It was there Coombs’ talent began to flourish.
His venture into the upscale restaurant scene began at Blue Ginger in Wellesley under award winning chef Ming Tsai in 2003. Following his eye opening experience at Blue Ginger, his next step was to pay dues at a Relais & Chateau property Toppers at the Wauwinet on Nantucket under Chef Chris Freeman.
After a season on Nantucket, Coombs caught the attention of The Inn at Little Washington’s owner and Executive Chef Patrick O’Connell in Virginia. Coombs was asked to prepare him dinner. This dinner led Coombs to an 18-month tenure at the Inn which would become most critical to his development as a chef. During his time at the Inn, Coombs had the opportunity to prepare special dinners for Laura Bush at The White House and for “Le Club des Chefs de Chefs”.
In late 2005 Coombs returned to Boston with a new outlook on cuisine. He began a short stint at Aujourd’hui, followed by numerous stagiers around Boston in search of a chef who shared his passion and vision for cuisine. Coombs soon found a restaurant to take him to the next level. Working under Chef Scott Hebert at Troquet, Coombs further refined his skills, giving him the confidence needed to undertake his first Executive Chef position.
In August of 2006, Brian Piccini, owner of dbar, pitched his concept of an exciting and casual upscale cuisine. Bringing Coombs on as his new executive chef at dbar Piccini and Coombs would focus on fresh, local, seasonally inspired menus. Today, Coombs continues to seek out the finest food available and further his growth as a trend-setting quality driven chef. His focus is to provide a great dining experience that reflects Coombs’ consuming passion taking Dorchester’s dining scene to a whole new level.
dbar is located at 1236 Dorchester Ave, close to several T stops and easily accessible from the highway. (Get Directions)
Field's Corner T-stop: Walk North on Dorchester Ave.
Savin Hill T-stop: Walk West to Dorchester Ave and go left. Walk South on Dorchester Ave.
I-93 South to Exit 15: Right off exit onto Columbia Road. Left onto Dorchester Ave.
I-93 North to Exit 13: Left off exit onto Victory Rd. Right onto Freeport St. Bear right onto Dorchester Ave.
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dbar in the press
Out.com “200 of the Greatest Gay Bars in the World” 2013
WGBH, the Boston A List 2013, Best Gay and Lesbian Bar Runner Up
You Need a License to Dance in Boston, The Boston Globe
By Farah Stockman, October 16, 2013
months ago, I went to dinner at dbar on Dorchester Avenue. A DJ started spinning and something magical happened. Picture this: white men in suits who had taken their wives out to dinner, black women in stiletto heels on a “girls night out,” gay guys in tight T-shirts, and an Asian woman in a stunning dress, all cheering each other down a soul train line.It was a glimpse of the funky, inclusive place Boston could be, if only we would let it.”
Boston Magazine, Best of Boston 2013, Best Neighborhood Eats: Dorchester
“With owner Brian Piccini in charge of the dining room and Chris Coombs running the kitchen, this comfy, wood-paneled spot is a culinary coup on this stretch of Dot. Ave.”
Improper Bostonian, Boston’s Best 2013, Best Bars + Clubs: Dorchester
“After 9 pm, this elegant restaurant from rising star chef Chris Coombs (Deuxave, Boston Chops) attracts a turnout of mostly gay guys and single girls looking to dance to ‘80’s music and mingle at the polished at dimly lit boîte. A pioneer venture for Dorchester gay and lesbian nightlifers, the eight-year-old mahogany-paneled lounge has become a classy in-town destination—especially on Show Tune Tuesdays, its fabulous Broadway sing-along night.”
Zagat Boston “Spring Dining Guide: Killer Patios, Fab Food Fests,”
By Scott Kearnan, April 15, 2013
“Springtime means goodbye to greenhouses and hello to freshly plucked produce grown in the open air, the way Mother Nature intended. dbar gets its fresh herbs and veggies from its own rooftop garden. (Beat that, “farm to table.”) And the restaurant, the first in a threesome of triumphs from chef Chris Coombs and restaurateur Brian Piccini (Deuxave, Boston Chops), blossoms into a cool nightlife scene after sundown.”
Improper Bostonian, Boston’s Best 2012, Best Bars + Clubs: Dorchester
“In 2005, trend-setting Dbar became the ‘first place in Dorchester to offer martinis,’ says owner Brian Piccini. ‘And we’ve always had a blast doing it.’ Regulars congregate for Show Tune Tuesdays, when the tables and chairs are replaced at 9 pm with throngs of musical patrons. Add a bamboo-studded patio for outdoor dining and delicious, affordable items like the crispy Gianone chicken under a brick, and voila—neighborhood staple.”
WGBH, The Boston A List 2012, Best Gay and Lesbian Bar Winner
Out.com 2011 Fifty Best Gay Bars in the World
Out.com 2010 Fifty Best Gay Bars in the World
Boston Magazine, Best of Boston 2009, Best Gay Club
“By far the least pretentious of the Hub’s gay hot spots, this nightclub-restaurant hybrid presents a compelling case for venturing beyond the Back Bay/South End circuit. The price is right (no cover, and no cocktails over $9), the crowd is attractive and always changing, and the dance-floor fun kicked up a notch this spring with the debut of Show Tune Tuesdays and you-be-the-DJ iPod Thursdays.”
Out.com 2009 Fifty Best Gay Bars in the World
Boston Magazine, Best of Boston 2007, Best Gay Club
“It’s tough to find a hangout that appeals on this many fronts. If you’re hungry, an outstanding full-service menu is available until 10 p.m., with mouthwatering entrees ranging from duck confit to diver scallops. If you’re thirsty, the wine and mixology lists, punctuated with drinks like the Go-Diva (a martini made sinful with Godiva white chocolate), are sure to satisfy. And after the kitchen closes, dbar transforms into a nightclub replete with a frenetic light show, pumping house music, and wall-to-wall beautiful people.”
Boston Magazine, Best of Boston 2006, Best Gay Club
“Every evening at the stroke of 10 p.m. this unselfconscious Dorchester hot spot seamlessly morphs from restaurant to nightclub. Sleek wood and leather interior trimmings set the scene for men of all ages, who mingle and sip drinks like the ‘Hot ‘n’ Dirty’ or the ‘French Manicure.’ Depending on the night, dbar can be a laid-back lounge or testosterone-pumping dance club. But svelte, dimpled bartenders, eager to schmooze and serve, are always on hand.”
"Entitled" generation? Think again. Two twenty-somethings bring creative dash, fiscal resourcefulness, and a steadfast work ethic to a Boston neighborhood in social flux. Dazzling drinks and star-quality cuisine served on the side
Monica Velgos, Food Arts
"A neighborhood restaurant that morphs into a nightclub after 10 p.m., dbar represents the new Dorchester with an eclectic menu, reasonable prices, and plenty of brightly colored martinis. The crowd is diverse, and the welcome friendly to all."
Boston's Best: Guaranteed Great Meal Dorchester
“dbar, the Dorchester hangout with incredibly sophisticated fare from rising-star chef Chris Coombs”
dbar is one of Phantom’s “GREAT ATE” for Hot New Restaurant!
“Dot’s dbar raises the bar! Owner Brian Piccini’s wine list is smart, diverse and affordable. dbar is so devilishly divine you may find yourself thinking about real estate in the ’hood.”
“In a neighborhood only just starting to become known for its trendiness, dbar has become a one-stop nightlife shop. Is this the beginning of a South End-esque Transformation? Probably. So get a table now and start telling everyone how you knew it when.
"Executive Chef Coombs latest offerings stay true to upscale cuisine at neighborhood prices" "And if you feel like partying after dinner, stick around" "Inside or outside, it's always a party at dbar"
A Little Secret that only a select few Know: You don’t have to leave Dorchester for a Stellar night on the town. The “D” stands for “Don’t’ go all the way Downtown for Dinner and a good time”
“dbar’s finest, Chris Coombs is Boston’s boy wonder.”
The Greatest 2006: Dining & Dancing
Best of Boston 2006 & 2007: Best Gay Scene
"dbar: Lower Case Name, Upper Class Dining"
Indulge with ease
Convenient rechargeable plastic cards make a great gift or an easy way to pay for our frequent patrons.
Durable and the size of a credit card, our gift cards are unique and easy to use.
Call to check or increase your balance. 617-265-4490
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Be our guest
dbar can be booked for many different types of events.
- Sit down dinners, up to 60 people
- Cocktail parties, up to 180 people.
- Large scale club events with DJs and dancing from dbar’s amazing sound and lighting system, also up to 180 people.
A Full entertainment license and a full 2am liquor license ensures dbar can provide everything from live bands and dance parties to formal dinners or champagne toasts anytime you desire.
From passed hors d’oeuvres to open bar, whatever your pleasure.
Call for availability and pricing: 617.265.4490
dbar gladly accepts reservations!
For instant and confirmed reservations online, book through OpenTable.com.
You may also call us for availability: 617.265.4490.