Best gay bar
The bar where everyone knows your sexual history but not necessarily your name, Club Café is a long-time
champion in this category. For half the gay population of the South End, the weekend begins early with a
drink here on Thursday night. The large space includes a piano bar for schmoozing with friends (including
that co-worker who claims to be straight), an intimate restaurant for first dates, and a video lounge for
uninhibited cruising. In the winter, you can spin through an entire relationship cycle here and pay for
only one coat check.
North of the Charles, the younger-skewing ManRay comes out on top. Though Thursday night's "Campus" party
is the main draw for the queer set, the disco-flavored "Liquid Saturday" also provides opportunity to meet
the boytoy of your dreams. There's nothing officially gay about the other nights here, but the anything-goes
atmosphere make sexual-orientation labels seem rather quaint.
Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, (617) 536-0966; ManRay, 21 Brookline Street, Cambridge, (617) 864-0400.