Downstairs Cafe: Diverse and Fun Crowd
The Downstairs Cafe is a casual, laid-back (but sometimes wild) lesbian and gay bar in downtown Lowell that attracts customers both gay and straight, young and older, and from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It's a "Cheers" for the postmodern era. There is a crowd most nights of the week, but usually not till after 11 PM. Thursdays through Saturdays feature a live DJ (Latin music Thursdays and Fridays, Top 40 and dance on Saturdays), and the weekends also include loose and somewhat improvisational drag shows (usually starting after 12:00). The bar also has several special events during the year, including Halloween and Gay Pride parties. Once you get past the initial New England reserve toward strangers, this is a friendly neighborhood bar with a wild side featuring a much more diverse crowd than you would ever see in most urban bars, gay or straight.
Dress Code: Casual. Shoes and shirt required (though they probably waive the shirt requirement for Pride and other special events).
- Gay and Lesbian
- Business Travel
The Athenian Corner: Belly Dancing
See live belly dancers and listen to live Greek, Arabic, and Armenian music every Thurs, Fri, and Sat night while enjoying authentic Greek cuisine. Also, if you send me $5 US I'll show you a video of me belly dancing at my friend's birthday party here! Ha! Sorry, just kidding! No one's seeing that until after I'm dead!
Old Worthen House Tavern: Old Worthen House Tavern
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lowell's oldest tavern is located in a historic house built in 1834. The tavern has been continuously serving food and drinks since 1898. The interior features the original 19th century bar, pressed tin ceiling, and the US's only remaining belt-linked fan system. Notable patrons include Jack Kerouac and Edgar Allen Poe. The upstairs features several pool tables. Tuesday nights feature live Jazz which is usually quite good.
Lowell Brewery Exchange: Live Music, Pool tables, Dance club, Sports bar
Play pool and listen to live bands in this refurbished mill building while enjoying waitress service and microbrews at your pool table. Also visit their dance club and sports bar. Located upstairs from the Brewhouse Cafe & Grill. Cover charge.
Evos Arts Insitute/Capos: Live Rock, Folk, Jazz, Film, & Dance
Two clubs in one. Capos offers live jazz, blues, and folk while Evos offers local and national rock, live theatre, fine arts, film and dance. Great pub food served at both locations. A wide variety of beers on tap. Evos has a nice, antique bar. See websites for schedules.