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: Bartender

Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

BARTENDER: Ashley Coleman, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar

After slinging drinks for nearly four years at the now-shuttered Sisters, this gorgeous ray of sunshine has found a new home around the corner. You’ll usually find her working the upstairs bar, beaming and pouring her delish signature drink, the Ashley Punch, a fruity vodka-and-rum-based version of the Long Island Iced Tea. 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675, tabuphilly.com

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Hair Salon and Stylist

Our choice for Best Stylist, Brooke Dorothy, stands at her station at American Mortals in Wash West.

Brooke Dorothy poses at her station at American Mortals in Wash West.

HAIR STYLIST: Brooke Dorothy, American Mortals

Having perfected her skills with American Crew, this tatted-up ally can work a men’s haircut like nobody’s business. Her client list is full of gays, so she’ll regale you with Steel Magnolias–worthy salon gab, and grin and bear it when, say, you get the urge to sing Whitney as she snips. (Guilty!) 727 Walnut St., 215-574-1234, americanmortals.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.

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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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