A Guide to the Best Gay Bars and Clubs in Washington DC

While you might consider Washington DC to be a place enveloped by politics and void of entertainment, there are plenty of gay bars and clubs. While it might not be the gay mecca of New York or San Francisco, you won’t be short of a place to relax with a beer and a boy after a day soaking up the historical sites of this truly unique city and the many Washington gay bars.

Nellie’s Sports Bar

A gay sports bar might seem like an anomaly but this bar is more than American football served over some tepid beer. Tuesday night sees the bar taken over by karaoke and Wednesdays is quiz night when the brains of Washington come to battle it out over a few drinks. The bar also serves typical sport-viewing foods such as chicken wings, burgers, and nachos.

DC Eagle

The Eagle brand is popular across America and the vibe in replicated here in their Washington gay bars. The crowd is a bit more mixed than in other Eagle bars but the emphasis is still on a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and, of course, men in leather.

Town Danceboutique

CLOSED – This popular club is at its busiest at the weekends and the Friday hour between 6-11pm attracts a rowdy post-work crowd. They host regular drag shows in their performance space and throw theme parties on an ad-hoc basis. The two floor is venue is popular with both the straight and the gay crowd and is the ideal place to satisfy a large group of people.

MOVA Lounge DC

If you’re looking for a smart venue where you can kick back with a cocktail then this is the place to check out – they recently won the Washington Blade poll for the best cocktail in town. Thursday is student night when the place is packed with college graduates and Saturdays see lovers of show tunes descend on the bar to hear their favourite musical songs.

Green Lantern

This more alternative joint is known for attractive burly men – especially on Thursdays when shirtless men drink for free. As well as pool and dance floors – Sundays and Mondays host karaoke and there is a cruisy atmosphere to match the cruisy back area. One of the best Washington gay bars.

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