I'm not sure if Eastern Bloc (505 E. 6th St.) is genuinely smaller than the other gay bars in the East Village, but it sure feels tiny, although not in a bad way (unless you're claustrophobic...). The super-dark, ultra-narrow space just off Avenue A is done up with decorative kitsch and happens to be the neighborhood bar of talented actor Alan Cumming - in fact, I had a brief but very nice chat with him here (he was clad in a leather kilt) not long ago. DJs here spin alt rock, there's reliably interesting beer on tap, and the bathroom walls are festooned with retro-camp magazine covers. Eastern Bloc is nearly always packed with erudite to artsy boys, yet it's every bit as cruisy as the more unabashedly sleazy meet-and-greets in the East Village. What's not to love?