Located in Eastern Market, there was a time when men could enter the bar only when accompanied by a woman. The music video bar upstairs is also a must-see. Finally, see and be seen on the refurbished, year-round upstairs patio that boasts a DJ and plenty of dancing. We recommend checking out this popular bar during weekday happy hour, when drinks are half price from 5 - 9 p. Decked out in mirrors, leather banquettes and dark wood paneling, the lounge is perfect for nighttime socialization. Perhaps the most under-the-radar gay bar to outsiders, as well as the most political of Washington's gay bars, the Diner is home to high-profile Democratic and Republican operatives who regularly put aside politics when they arrive for the party.
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Washington DC Gay Bars
Head upstairs for black lights and DJs, and those strong drinks should have you dancing all night. Though it's billed as a sports bar—and serious sports fans definitely come here to catch a game—the TVs rarely factor in on DJ nights when crowds pack Nellie's rooftop bar. One Wednesday a month is amateur night, when regular 9-toers can strut their stuff in front of a willing audience. The space is also designed for optimal boogie-time into the wee hours. A short walk down P Street will bring you to this dive bar.
Green Lantern is tough to find, but certainly worth the hunt. Like a gay-American Moulin Rouge, Town is a glittering maze of cabaret, gogo boys and comedy shows that create a sort of what-could-happen-next circus atmosphere. One of the new kids on the block, Orchid can be found on the popular Barracks Row strip in historic Capitol Hill. Barely bigger than a king-sized bed and tucked down a flight of stone stairs on the outside patio, Dito's is run by Dito, considered by many the unofficial mayor of 17 th Street. Check out showtunes on Mondays and Family Feud-style trivia on Wednesdays. Gay women are always hard up for great bars, and recent years have seen the closing of long-established lesbian joints in many cities. Perhaps the most under-the-radar gay bar to outsiders, as well as the most political of Washington's gay bars, the Diner is home to high-profile Democratic and Republican operatives who regularly put aside politics when they arrive for the party.