If it feels like everyone at Novak's knows everyone else, it's probably because they do the community atmosphere is unmistakable. The gals (and guys) at Novak's are always welcoming to newcomers gay, straight or bar-curious. The horseshoe bar provides ample opportunities for chatting, flirting and good old-fashioned drinking, and both the game room and sedate patio are great places to make new friends. If Novak's were just a great bar with a killer game room and relaxing patio, it would deserve high praise. But the bar doesn't scrimp on entertainment there are weekly karaoke and open-mic nights alongside bands and singer-songwriters. The real fun begins when the Drag King shows invade the place, giving some gender-bending pomp and runway elegance to this Grove hot spot.