Worcester, MA Gay Nightlife Guide

Gay-friendly bars and restaurants in this New England town

Worcester, MA at night
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Although it's one of New England's largest cities, the central Massachusetts city of Worcester has never been a major GLBT destination. However, you will find a couple of gay bars here as well as some great mixed bars and restaurants. One place that's become very well known over the years is MB Lounge (aka "the Male Box"), the longest-running gay hangout in the city. Home base to an eclectic bunch, from bears to college students to leather dudes, this friendly neighborhood bar mostly draws an over-30s crowd, though again with plenty of exceptions.

It's a fun spot to watch videos and sports on TV, and on Sundays, there's singing along to show tunes on the piano. Amenities include a pool table, darts, and other diversions, along with a fun jukebox.

Mainstream LGBTQ-Friendly Bars

Also,well-worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of craft beer, is Armsby Abbey, an attractive downtown tavern and bar with 22 taps pouring stellar ales from around the world, plus farmhouse-inspired creative American cuisine. This spot draws a diverse crowd of hipsters, foodies, and the like and serves a terrific weekend brunch, too.

Another good spot is the sophisticated but laid-back Citizen Wine Bar, which is part of the same group behind popular venues like The People's Kitchen and Still & Stir bar and grill.

Nearby Nightlife Options

Recent sponsors of Worcester Gay Pride, held each year in mid-September, have included Wings Over Worcester and Calabria Ristorante.

Worcester is also within an hour's drive of Boston, Providence, and Northampton, so if you're in the area and looking for a more extensive selection of nightlife options, consider making a trip to any of these cities.