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Good Life

3/27/2013, 1:26 p.m.
Abstract artwork by Elizabeth Kirby Sullivan hangs on the walls of Good Life. Tiffany Probasco

Diversity is key to the spot’s success. If hardcore techno is playing in the basement, they can cater to the more hip hop or reggae crowd upstairs and keep mostly everyone happy.

As much as they work to have diverse music sets, they do have their limits. Here, the music choices are left to the professionals; the Good Life’s DJs don’t take requests. And if you consider yourself a Katy Perry minion, you’ll have to get your fix somewhere else.

They’ve been able to attract DJs like Nina Sky, Maseo of De La Soul and Houston DJ Michael Watts, founder of Swishahouse Records. They like to get artists before they “blow up,” although it’s getting to be more of a challenge in the digital age. “We had Mayer Hawthorne booked four months out, and the night before he was to come here, he got booked on Jimmy Kimmel. Fortunately, he still showed up,” remembers Gilbridge.

Diversity of music apparently doesn’t drive up costs. Wednesdays and Thursdays are free, and they try to keep other nights to no more than $5 with the price going up to $10 for special events. “As operating costs have increased, we have had to increase our cover charges, but it was almost across our dead bodies. We’re trying to maintain what a lot of people like about this place: the cost of coming to see a good DJ or a good band is very low,” says Gilbridge.

An added bonus: there is never a dress code.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 28, the monthly party A Lil’ Louder (every last Thursday of the month) will give you a ragamuffin bashment of hipster meets hip hop: ‘80s babies meets ‘90s teenagers mayhem. The party starts at 10 p.m., but trust me — you’ll want to arrive earlier. No cover.

Saturday, March 30, the popular dance “twerk” is getting its own festival with DJs spinning NOLA Bounce, Baltimore Club, Miami Bootie Bass, Bootie House, Chicago Juke, Reggae and Reggaeton on their two floors all night long. The cost is $5 and the party will start at 10 p.m.

Recently they’ve added a weekly Tuesday for gamers of all kinds starting at 5 p.m. Patrons can go tabletop with card or board games, or go digital with video game hookups for N64, Xbox and Wii. Prizes and raffle items change weekly. The event is all ages until 10 p.m and there is no cover.

Why You Should Visit:

If you’re a music lover or want to expand your musical intelligence, Good Life is the place you should check out on a regular basis. Ever heard of Moomba tone? I hadn’t either until I went there. Any night of the week you can hear something different, and you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg or wear hard bottom shoes to do it.

If you’re in the Financial District during the day, know you can stop by for a drink and get a satisfying meal while you take a break from working long hours.

Some may call think of the spot as a Jekyll and Hyde, but I prefer to think of it as the super hero of night clubs — a Clark Kent by day and Superman by night. Different sides of the same coin that leave room for a personal interpretation of “good.”

Good Life
28 Kingston St.
Boston, MA, 02111
www.goodlifebar.com