BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Shopping

Our choice for Best Men's Boutique is the new Suitsupply in Rittenhouse.

Our choice for Best Men’s Boutique is the new Suitsupply in Rittenhouse. Photo by Jenna Stamm.

MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Suitsupply
You wouldn’t know it by the jersey-and-sweatpants-wearing slobs who meander among us (straight girls, please do something about your men!), but Philly is becoming a city for the stylish gent. Exhibit A: the opening earlier this year of this temple to male sartorial splendor — a dizzying, two-story repository of off-the-rack suits that look bespoke, elegant accessories, and the nattiest salesmen in town. 1601 Locust St., 215-383-1500, suitsupply.com

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Bars

U Bar takes our prize for Best Bar.

U Bar takes our prize for Best Bar for its amazingly diverse clientele (and extra-strong drinks.)

BEST BAR: U Bar
A mix of every type of guy, young to old, buff to not-so-buff. A no-’tude vibe. Efficient, friendly bartenders. A horseshoe layout that allows for eye contact everywhere. Is it any surprise this place has become the go-to default on Philly’s gay-bar hit parade? 1220 Locust St., 215-546-6660, ubarphilly.com.

More of our bar picks after the jump »

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Restaurants

Marie Turney and Valerie Safran's enchanting Little Nonna's gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant.

A table spread at Marie Turney and Valerie Safran’s enchanting Little Nonna’s, which gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Jason Varney.

GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.

NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Instagram

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INSTAGRAM: @alexanderjohnphotography

Everyone needs a little beefcake on his Instagram feed, and local photographer Alexander John Ortiz keeps the protein coming, not only with provocative shots of his hunky self, but also with the studs he has over for photo shoots. Pondering what happens when the camera stops clicking is the stuff #instafantasies are made of.

See a slideshow of some of Ortiz’s finest moments after the jump »

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Night Out

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BEST NIGHT OUT: THURSDAY

For those looking to eschew the weekend crowds, consider a Thirsty Thursday. Start at Stir for “Stirsday,” where the five-dollar cover gets you dollar drinks ’til midnight. (Midnight!) Next, saunter (or perhaps stagger) down to Bob and Barbara’s for the longest-running and best drag show in Philly, hosted by the extraordinary Lisa Lisa. At 1, cab it (you’ll need to by this point) to Woody’s, where DJ Deejay spins in the Suite. Then, over to Voyeur before last call to avoid the long lines; Suga Shay will keep you on your feet down in the Ruby Lounge. Good luck getting to work on time — or sober — on Friday.  Stir, 1705 Chancellor Street, 215-732-2700; Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street, 215-545-4511; Woody’s, 202 South 13th Street, 215-545-1893; Voyeur, 1221 St. James Street, 215-735-5772.

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Day Drinking

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BEST DAY DRINKING: KNOCK

At Knock, the city’s greatest day drinkers — mature gay men — come out to play. When weather permits, grab a seat outside and order the Knock Mimosa from Jeb, made with Stoli O for an extra powerful punch. What you’ll lack in eye candy will be more than made up for in conversation with the city’s best barroom raconteurs. 225 South 12th Street, 215- 925-1166, knockphilly.com

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LGBT Six-Word Memoir of the Day:
Sandy Smith

48. Sandy Smith

In partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Projectwe asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form.

Today, go-getter Philly journalist Sandy Smith. Sandy writes for all kinds of Philly media outlets, including Philly Mag’s news and Property blogs, but you can usually find him blogging away on his main gig, the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, where he reports on everything from new city construction to historic, hidden architectural gems.

Sandy’s meme actually finishes up our LGBT Six-Word Memoir of the Day postings. (Tear.) To check out all the ones we’ve done so far, click here. We’ll also be putting the collection into an album on our Facebook page very soon. Thanks for following along. We’ve had a blast doing these.

LGBT Six-Word Memoir of the Day: Van Nguyen

VAN NGUYENIn partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Projectwe asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form.

Today, Philly activist and educator Van Nguyen, who, just this year, made This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans‘s national Trans 100 list for the work she’s done in town to raise awareness about transgender issues. When she’s not teaching or protesting, Van performs with the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque troupe (LiCK). They just so happen to have a busy weekend ahead, so if you want to catch her in action they’ll be at Penn City Roller Derby’s Knock Down, Drag Out! on Friday in West Philly; and at Tabu on Saturday, where LiCK is throwing a food-themed Queer and Kinky Cabaret.

Been keeping up with our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Project? Click here to see all our entries to date.

LGBT Six-Word Memoir of the Day: Eric Manas

46. Eric ManasIn partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Projectwe asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form.

Today, one of our few action memes, and the first about being a gay parent. It features Eric Manas (pictured, left), a Philly drug researcher who has been practicing aikido — and kicking ass, apparently — for more than 20 years. He has two daughters he raises with his partner Chris (who we should mention is not the guy getting flipped in this photo.)

Been keeping up with our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Project? Click here to see all our entries to date.

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