No. 21 – Metro Nightclub & Restaurant

Best Gay Bar

This 22-year-old Mass Ave nightclub feels more like a pub, and it makes the list for its karaoke alone. It’s a gay bar if you need to categorize, but patrons don’t care whose tree you’re barking up if you came to sing. (“Aunt Susan,” a ruddy-haired regular with a rehabbed hip and a smoky show-tune voice, puts on quite a show.) Metro boasts the Avenue’s biggest patio—it can easily seat 100—for drinking under the stars from April through October. The rest of the year, the pool-and-jukebox crowd gathers upstairs, leaving plenty of real estate below for those chasing some of the best martini prices downtown.

707 Massachusetts Ave., 317-639-6022

Photo by Tony Valainis

This article appeared in the January 2013 issue.