Peggy O’Neil’s gets facelift – and a new name

Peggy O’Neil’s, one of the few remaining old-school Dorchester Avenue watering holes and LGBTQ-friendly nightclub, is going through a transformation to become ‘Blend’ over the next month.

“It was just time for facelift,” a spokesman for the establishment at 1310 Dorchester Ave. told the Reporter. This means exterior renovations and interior tweaks, while keeping the classic pub vibe.

“We just wanted to bring the establishment into the century,” he said. “It’s always been a drinking pub with a late-night dance scene, so we wanted to implement more food and craft beers to bring a more neighborhood feel to it.” They are also working on a new patio area.

Ownership successfully petitioned the Boston Licensing Board on July 11 for the name change. Everything else, including its 2 a.m. closing license time, remains the same.

“We’ve been in the works with design teams, and the city, etc. for quite some time now,” the spokesman said, estimating the process has been underway for about a year.

Clean new signage is already up outside and construction is ongoing, with an expected completion later this month or early in September.