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.
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*Labas is the Lithuanian word for hello.