Some of Worcester's top spots are queer-owned and operated, proudly offering pristine services while fostering a united community.


Bedlam Book CafeBedlam Book Cafe

138 Green Street, Worcester

Bedlam Book Cafe is a bookstore and cafe in the Canal District offering a wide selection. Discover this cozy destination to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or smoothie while finding your next read. "We are unique in the way we believe in information as a sanctuary, as a whole-making practice," tells Bedlam Owner Nicole DiCello. "Not only can you find books to feed your curiosity, you can find organic, healthy drinks and snacks to nurture your body. Combining the intellect with the lived experience of the body is our passion."


Canal District WinesCanal District Wines

160 Green Street, Worcester

Canal District Wines, located in the Worcester Public Market, boasts thoughtfully curated wines from around the world, as well as fun tastings and educational events in an approachable atmosphere. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find your new favorite. "Our mission is to strengthen the Canal District neighborhood through learning about and enjoying wine," wife-and-wife Owners Olivia and Rachel can attest.


Femme BarFemme Bar

62 Green Street, Worcester

One of the newest spots to the block—opened in March 2023—Femme Bar is the only lesbian bar open in New England. This safe, inclusive space for queer women and allies to gather and socialize offers great drinks, food, and events throughout the week, like karaoke and drag. As is highlighted on their stunning site, Femme is a place where women can come together for "great drinks, delicious food and an overall great, gay time" whether you're part of the LGBTQ+ community or not. "Our bar was created to be a safe space for lesbian and queer women, but welcome anyone who walks through our doors. The only catch is to bring in positive vibes with you."


MB LoungeMB Lounge

40 Grafton Street, Worcester

Don’t let the title of Worcester’s oldest gay bar mislead you. This longstanding go-to for the queer community and allies alike is constantly offering new and exciting opportunities for a night out with friends while meeting new faces. Upcoming event highlights at MB Lounge include: the Stonewall Block Party in June, honoring those who made a sacrifice for freedom of sexuality and gender, and a Worcester Pride Party in September, during which outdoor dancing will be the star of the show.


The Woo Bar & GrillThe Woo Bar & Grill

358 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Owned by husbands Jon Pittsley and Eddie Rocco, this hot spot welcomes and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with a diverse menu and inventive cocktails, perfectly capping off the queer-positive spots found on Worcester’s “Restaurant Row.” With a steadfast commitment to excellence in service, dishes and drinks, the folks at The Woo Bar bring together classic American pub food with a Brazilian twist.


K Sense Co.K Sense Co.

160 Green Street, Worcester

K Sense Co. is Worcester’s first eco-conscious gift boutique, specializing in handmade vegan soy candles in repurposed bottles, and showcasing products from local artisans. This Queer Latina immigrant owned business is committed to sustainability, social justice, and uplifting women-owned businesses and BIPOC creators.