Labas! *

Maybe you’ve passed by West Broadway, attended a Gold Dust Orphans show, or seen one of our posts about the kitchen being open.  The South Boston Lithuanian Club has been a fixture at E and West Broadway since the 1960s.  In fact, the South Boston Lithuanian Citizens Association is the oldest Lithuanian American community organization in the New England area – it was founded in 1899.  So, this place has roots in the neighborhood. And the Lith Club now has a manager from the neighborhood, one Peter Gailunas – lifelong Southie resident, Boston firefighter, and contributor to our own Caught in Southie. 

Gailunas, whose great-grandparents were from Lithuania, has been a member since 2012 and his parents, Susan (McGuire) and Peter Gailunas (Sr.), met at a dance at the Lith Club, so when he received an email from the historic social club looking for a manager, he jumped at the opportunity. 

“When I got the email from the Lith Club looking for a new manager, I felt like it should be me. I’m a proud Lithuanian American, and I’ve had plenty of great memories in this building.  Every year at Christmas, as a student at St. Peter’s, my family and I would attend the Christmas Bazaar, and my own children performed at St. Peter Academy’s Christmas shows at the Lith Club,” said Gailunas.  “Plus, it’s a hidden gem that I know other people from the neighborhood would love as much as I do,” he added. 

One of Gailunas’ goals as the manager is to have more people from the neighborhood be a part of the Lith Club community.  A great way to do that is to come by and check out the Lithuanian Kitchen, located in the basement of the building, for a few drinks and some traditional Lithuanian food, in addition to some of the best bar pizza around.  It will be open this coming weekend on Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, January 21st from 12pm-7pm. It’s like taking a trip back in time with an old-school, almost dive bar (in the best way) vibe. Cheap drinks, delicious food, and the friendliest people around!  Plus, NFL games will be on the TVs. 

In addition to the kitchen, there are also two large function rooms available to rent for parties, get-togethers, and celebrations, and it is home during the holiday season to the Gold Dust Orphans – a wildly popular, award-winning, Vaudeville-inspired comedy troupe! 

So stop by this weekend and say hello to Peter (and yours truly by his side, sipping on Lithuanian vodka).  We’d love to see you and welcome you to the Lith Club! 

The South Boston Lithuanian Club is located at 368 West Broadway in South Boston.

Follow the Lithuanian Club on Instagram here for the latest, including upcoming events.

*Labas is the Lithuanian word for hello. 

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Cathy Mahoney Moore January 15, 2024 at 11:29 am - Reply

    My old stomping grounds.

  2. Kerr Foley January 15, 2024 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    This is awesome. So retro and a departure from the rest of West Broadway. Best of luck Peter!

  3. Lee January 15, 2024 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome. Congratulations. Looking forward to visiting the Lith Club.

  4. Sean King January 15, 2024 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    All the best Peter. Great memories there. Just hope they have bathrooms for Ancient Dummies ??

  5. Sean King January 15, 2024 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Wishing all the best. Looking forward to trying out the food. Old stomping ground. Many great memories there with true friends then and still are.

  6. Diana juodaitis January 16, 2024 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Welcome Peter! Best of luck to you!

  7. Rita Collins-nave January 16, 2024 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Best of luck Peter, looking forward to stopping by soon, with a few of my friends.

  8. Joseph C Lubin January 18, 2024 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    congratulations sir ! I was born up on east Broadway at 546. the funeral home. I spent many wonderful times in the hall and basement. text any time you want. Joe lubin

  9. Dave Nilosek January 18, 2024 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    What’s on the menu?

    • Maureen Dahill January 19, 2024 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Traditional Lithuanian food like peroigis, kielbasa, potato pancakes – but pizza!

  10. Justyn Tyme January 18, 2024 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Congrats Peter! When I was a kid growing up in Southie I remember a girl named PAULA GAILANUS? Is she
    a relative. I visited Lithuania in 2002. What a beautiful country.

  11. Steven Connolly January 18, 2024 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Had my wedding shower there in 1979. My three children’s christenings. My sons and his two cousins high school graduation party there plus many other family functions all on the third floor. Good times and good memories best of luck Peter Hope to see you soon. Also enjoyed many a good lunch there. Looking forward to another one.

  12. Nino January 19, 2024 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Congrats Peter.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Linkiu sekmes.
    Nino

  13. Karen McEachern January 19, 2024 at 11:17 am - Reply

    My uncle had his wedding reception there in the late 50’s- early 60’s

  14. Marius Ziaugra January 20, 2024 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Speaking for the Board of Directors of the Lith Club, we couldn’t be happier having Peter on board as our new manager. We look forward to working with Peter for many, many years to come. Welcome, Peter!

  15. Deweylee42@ Verizon.net January 20, 2024 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Lithuanian Club was formerly South Boston Savings Bank original building. I worked at the Bank from 1966 until it was taken over in 1996. I remember someone coming in the Bank one day in 1968 and saying Blinstrubs was on fire. —- Bob Lee

  16. Dorothy May January 21, 2024 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I had my wedding reception there in 1970! I’ve since been to the hall for many St. Peter’s events. Have fun; will be to restaurant soon.

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