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Dupont Circle

Like most capitals, Washington DC offers a robust and dynamic gay district which caters to a range of different tastes. Rather than one specific gay area, the scene in Washington has dispersed...

Like most capitals, Washington DC offers a robust and dynamic gay district which caters to a range of different tastes. Rather than one specific gay area, the scene in Washington has dispersed through different neighborhoods of the city. Most gay life, however, can be found around 17th Street in Dupont Circle, and U Street in Logan Circle.     

DCs gayest street is 17th Street, and here you will find a host of gay spots ready to open their doors. Cobalt/30 Degrees offers a plush lounge-style bar, serving cocktails, as well as an upstairs dance floor which plays pumping tunes. One street over on 18th Street, you’ll find Duplex Diner. Word has it that this place offers one of the best gay atmospheres in town, and its monthly 80s dance party ‘The Breakfast Club Remix’ is a sure fire hit with the locals. Come here on a Monday, and you’ll get half-price off any drink beginning with the letter M - mojitos anyone?

How do you like your meat? Rare, medium, or well-done? At iconic Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, choose your meat anyway you like, and appreciate the copious sides of fries and salad. Park yourself at one of the tables outside, and people-watch everyone cruising up and down 17th Street. A past-time that’s pretty much become inscribed in Washington’s gay scene.

To the north of Logan Circle, U Street has undergone a massive transformation, and is now brimming with some of the best gay bars and clubs in Washington. Nellie’s Sports Bar was the first gay venue to open outside of Dupont Circle, and has reached legendary status thanks to its popular events including trivia and drag bingo. For something deliciously divey, head to DC9. This place is popular with locals thanks to a host of diverse events including 90s parties, live music, and even stand-up comedy shows. Popular Green Lantern is also well worth the visit, and host plenty of karaoke nights and theme parties. Happy hour is on every night from 4pm-9pm, so head early.

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