One space that's been home to a gay bar for several years but has recently changed hands is Rage (105 Water St., 508-756-2233)), just off of exit 13 of I-290, which is in an up-and-coming neighborhood with a smattering of good restaurants as well. Known as Blu Ultralounge for years and then Club Remix, Rage is still very new and will hopefully become popular in its current incarnation.
Worcester also has some fun mainstream bars that are well-frequented by members of the LGBT community, including Nick's (124 Millbury St., 508-753-4030), which has great live music and a fun jukebox (with everybody from Edith Piaf to Mel Torme to Noel Coward). The elegant space with a German decorative look is also a restaurant, serving tasting and eclectic food, including the famed "Trailer Park", which consists of mac-and-cheese with hot dogs, served with Frank's Red Hot (order it topped with bacon). Another good spot is the sophisticated but laid-back Citizen Wine Bar (1 Exchange Pl., 508-459-9090), which is part of the same group behind popular venues like The People's Kitchen and Still & Stir bar and grill. And Acoustic Java (932 Main St., 508-756-9446) is a great coffeehouse with good food, too, plus live acoustic music some days.
Recent sponsors of Worcester Gay Pride, held each year in mid-September, have included Carmella's Italian Kitchen (55 S. Maple St., Brookfield, 508-867-5475), Coral Seafood (225 Shrewsbury St., 508-755-8331), Wings Over Worcester, Calabria Ristorante (7 S. Main St., Millbury, 508-581-9700), Colonial Restaurant(290 Thompson Rd., Webster, 508-943-4040), and Lago Ristorante (242 Mill St., 508-757-5246).