Gay Bar: U Bar
There isn’t a dance floor in the whole place, and drag-queen sightings are rare. But that’s exactly what’s so great about the bar formerly known as Uncles. (Well, that and the studly bartenders.) U Bar stands apart from other Gayborhood watering holes as a no-fuss, no-’tude, unpretentious spot to grab a strong drink or two and gab with friends. 1220 Locust Street, Midtown Village, 215-546-6660.
LGBT Champion: Anna Aagenes, 26
As Brian Sims’s whip-smart deputy chief of staff, Anna Aagenes is the woman behind one of Philly’s most talked-about lawmakers, but the state rep suggests it’s only a matter of time before he’s calling her boss. The openly bisexual former Penn track star divides her time between Sims’s Center City office and serving as co-founder and executive director of GO! Athletes, the nation’s first nonprofit created by and for LGBTQ student athletes to end discrimination in sports.
Gay Girls’ Night Out: Stimulus Philly
We may not have a lesbian bar per se, but the Sapphic nightlife scene is alive and well thanks to Amber Hikes and Morgan Levine’s long-running Stimulus parties. Twice a month, Tabu and Voyeur are packed with gorgeous, stylish women and top-notch local DJ talent. Think of it as a resurrected, traveling Sisters — but so much better.
Outdoor Dining: Little Nonna’s
A cramped alley tunnel leads to a brick-and-twinkle-light-lined patio that feels like a long-kept secret you’ll want to share with your whole family over spaghetti and meatballs and a glass of red, and mussels, and cavatelli, and pork chops, and bruschetta, and cannoli, and … 1234 Locust Street, Midtown Village, 215-546-2100.
Coffee Shop: Menagerie Coffee
Whitewashed wood, soft lighting, morning-appropriate tunes, potted greenery, and espressos pulled by expert but unpretentious baristas — this is the kind of place that can turn a Monday into a good day. 18 South 3rd Street, Old City, no phone.