Best working-class gay bar (2008)
Flannel-sportin' beer bellies outnumber Louis Vuitton six-packs at METROPOLITAN, a bar boasting two fireplaces, a large backyard garden, and a fair share of hot-to-trot union laborers. The owners also operate the East Village's low-key Phoenix, and as the only gay watering hole in Williamsburg, this joint remains surprisingly unaffected. For a time, a bankrolled blond flailed on a tabletop in his undies. But sans his awkward Michael J. Foxtrot, this could be just about any cozy neighborhood pub.