Parrotta's Alpine Lodge in Chelsea Has Apparently Closed
It looks like one of the Boston area's truly classic dive bars has shut its doors for good.
A check on the place last night showed that Parrotta's Alpine Lodge in Chelsea was dark, with a note out front that was unable to be read at the time. A phone call placed to the Winnisimmet Street bar today indicated that the phone is out of service, and a source involved with the city (and who used to go to the place) tells us that it is apparently closed for good and that the building has been sold. (Our source does not know what might be moving into the space.)
Parrotta's Alpine Lodge has been known as a somewhat questionable and rather colorful watering hole that was mostly a hangout for locals, though media people and others outside of the area have been visitors there as well. One interesting Yelp post includes the following description:
Parrotta's Alpine Lodge. Two of those three words are lies; I'll leave it to you to figure out which two.
It smells kind of bad. The floor is buckled wood. The bartender is mean. The jukebox is broken. The back room is full of questionable looking individuals....Last week I stopped in here...There was nobody there but the [bartender] and [a security guard] playing rummy together. I asked if I could have next game; the bartender looked at me like i was made of poop and said "No."
There is absolutely no reason to go to this bar, and that is what makes it awesome.
The address for this now-closed bar in Chelsea was: Parrotta's Alpine Lodge, 77 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150.
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