Boston >Food & Dining > Good Life
28 Kingston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.353471 -71.059251
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Always on the forefront of cool – It is not surprising that the Weekly Dig awarded Good life "Best Dance Club" of 2009. Night after night Good life hosts a variety of Talented DJ's to provide an alternative soundtrack to the stale and lame top 40 downtown scene. Every time I've been to Good Life, I have always met someone worth networking with. From artists and designers to musicians and entrepreneurs, the Good life seems to be the stop to catch those at the fore front of what's cool in Boston. As for the Food, it's definitely good, though to be honest, I usually arrive there by the time the Kitchen is closed (too early in my opinion). If your thing is the after hour work cocktails, well Good life is quite the venue for that. Always accessible and never pretentious, I would suggest this bar for those who fly under the radar of the mainstream.
Meh – During the week The Good Life is a pretty friendly local joint. Overall, the food's really good, but the fries could use a bit less rosemary. :)
On weekends, there tends to be a good mix of dj's, but I will say this: The quality of people who come here after work hours is lacking. Seems like they're a bunch of streetwear thugs who keep to themselves. This wouldn't be so bad if it were evened out with some normal people, but it seems like the only people who come are all within that genre.
I've come here a good amount and have yet to see this Vodka bar they're known for. If you promote having a vodka bar, be proud of it! Market it- don't dump it downstairs and hope people remember it's there!!
Pretty important side note- the women's bathroom is THIRD WORLD DISGUSTING!! There are always fruit flies buzzing about and it's not cleaned nearly enough. The top priority during renovations should have been the restrooms. Half the time the hand dryer doesn't work, and you can barely even get into the first stall. You can't have a cool bar and neglect the bathrooms- that's a straight up deal breaker.
Peter (the owner) seems like a cool cat. I just wish he would get a new publicist or something. Get some new people coming to this joint & expand the bathroom. Maybe that'll help! :)
Drinks Only – Drinks were great, but meal was overpriced bar-food. Fish (& chips) was smelly and purple-colored, pizza wasn't very good. It's close by, but probably won't return.
Chill & cool on weekends – Good house music, good prices, & sick dancers
To "dirtymartinigirl" – First of all, it's a VODKA place. Why yes Virginia it is basement downstairs (how observant!) but the extensive vodka selection is like a hidden treasure. The music is house and the people are dancers (people who really love music). It's not a meat market, so stilettos & cigars stay upstairs please. If you want drama, meatmarket feel - go to Roxy. This place is for the laidback people, vodka lovers & b-boys. Strange that the two co-exist under the same roof. Ce' la vie! Definitely coming back again!!!!!! With much love from NY.
Good for lunch! – I have only been here for lunch with co-workers but I had a great time! The atmosphere is nice..good location and great food. The waitstaff was pleasant and attentive. I was weary to order what was called a hommus sandwich but it was low-carb with tons of flavor! The fries are good too.
Mediocre Life.. – This place was NOT what I expected. The pictures failed to leave out the paneling that covers most of the walls. The so-called Vodka Bar downstairs felt more like I was stepping into my own basement. Small and crowded, you couldn't even move. The music was horrible. I felt way too overdressed, and I was only wearing jeans. I couldn't quite pinpoint the type of crowd. There was an array of low-maintenance people with no sense of style. The martinis were pretty good, but I doubt that I will ever return.
Best Vodka Selection – The lounge downstairs is really cool. Booths that have a private atmosphere facing the bar, and a intimate dance floor in the back. They had a big vodka selection, so i tried the most expensive one that I had never heard of before. Jewel of Russia was a thirty dollar glass and it was exceptional.
very bad DJing, crowd was awful – The first couple of times I came here the DJ was excellent - it was one of their house music nights and I had a great time listening to good DJs, watching the break dancers and hanging out with a cool crowd. I came here on a random Saturday and it was a totally different experience - the DJs were awful, playing each song for literally 30 seconds. The crowd was terrible - people were way too drunk and falling all over each other, spilling drinks on people, and being rude. Security was doing nothing to alleviate this. It was a horrible experience and I will have to be dragged back here to come back to this place again!
Sleek downtown lounge's name endures, but everything else has changed. – In Short
Those familiar with The Good Life as a swinging ode to the Sinatra and martini era are surprised to see that the establishment, under new management, has pulled a 180. Local artwork, an upscale vodka bar and contemporary live bands and DJs combine to yield a wholly different atmosphere than that of its predecessor. Downtown workers fill up on modern comfort faves like grilled Cuban sandwiches, mac-and-cheese and grilled salmon.
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