559 Lorimer St., nr. Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; 718-599-4444
It’s a tough time for gay bars right now, but Brooklyn’s Metropolitan bar is still far better than the rest. This is just as perfect a place to casually meet up with friends for drinks as it is for a late-night pit stop to get laid. Their Saturday “Gag” night is full of scruffy art guys, jocks, cute lesbians, and the requisite creepy old drunk in the corner, all mingling happily together. In the winter, you can make out next to one of two fireplaces, and during the summer, the Sunday free barbecue on the back patio is the ultimate way to end a sunburned weekend. Plus it’s just funny to see 150 gay guys eating hot dogs at the same time.
Best Gay Bar
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).