Liquor License For Metropolitan Bar Up for Renewal

By Meredith Hoffman | January 13, 2012 1:27pm 

WILLIAMSBURG — Owners of the popular gay hotspot Metropolitan Bar are expected to face a tense hearing over their liquor license next month after complaints from about two dozen neighbors about trash and noise.

Williamsburg's Community Board 1 will vote in February to decide whether to deny a liquor license renewal for the bar, located at 559 Lorimer Street, between Metropolitan Avenue and DeVoe Street, on the basis of locals' complaints.

Metropolitan Bar has won acclaim as New York's best gay bar by New York Magazine in 2008, and is beloved by customers who travel from all over the city to patronize the nightspot.

But Sinclair Ranklin, who lives around the corner on Devoe Street, is unhappy about the noise.

"The bar noise is so loud I’m often unable to use my yard," said Ranklin. "This bar has taken advantage of the goodwill of its neighbors."

The owner did not return requests for comment.

So far 26 neighbors have signed a petition protesting the bar, said Ranklin.