Cobalt

Dupont Circle

With two dancefloors, a lounge area, and first-floor restaurant, Cobalt has a lot to offer. The crowd is young and attractive, and there are regular themed nights...

  • For Men
  • Nightclub

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

H Street Corridor

Little Miss Whiskey's is a New Orleans-inspired dance lounge slash bar with alcoholic slushies, a friendly bar dog, extensive beer list, and zero attitude. The crowd...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Lounge

Nellie's Sports Bar

Washington, DC U Street Corridor

This welcoming, two-level sports bar with outdoor deck is packed with fun events like trivia night, drag bingo, Sunday drag brunch, karaoke and darts. Located in the...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Duplex Diner

Adams Morgan

Duplex Diner is a kitschy throwback in Adam's Morgan. Weekend brunch is always fun and it's often easier to score a table here than other nearby locations. Try to...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Café

Zeba Bar

Columbia Heights

Zeba Bar is a multi-level neighborhood spot in a converted row house not far from the Colombia Heights metro stop. There's a main bar area, a relaxed ground floor...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

The Fireplace

Dupont Circle

The strength of the mixed drinks at this dark, cash-only dive bar is legendary. There's a real fireplace to gather round at happy hour - though the furnishings have...

  • For Men
  • Bar
  • 4
  • 1

DC Eagle

Capital Heights

DC Eagle, a historic leather bar, has its roots in the 1960s when some bikers and leathermen got together over dinner in a bar across from the FBI headquarters. The...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Ziegfelds / Secrets

Navy Yard

The first floor of this party complex is Ziegfeld's, a top-notch drag performance venue that has some of the best performers in the business. On the second floor is...

  • For Men
  • Nightclub

JR's Bar and Grill

Dupont Circle

JR's is very popular with the suit-and-tie set, and their happy hours are crowded with young Beltway staffers. Though primarily a gay scene, everyone is welcome...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Phase 1

Washington, DC Capitol Hill

Renowned as the longest continuously-running lesbian bar in America, Phase 1 in Capitol Hill is a no-frills ladies-only spot with pool tables, karaoke, Sunday drag...

  • For Women
  • Bar

The FAB Lounge

Dupont Circle

Somewhat small and with a lesbian crowd that skews young and African American, The FAB Lounge is a fun no-cover dance spot in northern Dupont with strong drinks and

  • For Women
  • Nightclub

Banana Cafe and Piano Bar

Capitol Hill

Banana Café and Piano Bar is a lively Capitol Hill bar/restaurant serving a Cuban and Puerto Rican menu and exotic drinks. During the very popular daily happy hour...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Black Cat DC

U Street

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Crew Club

Logan Circle

A clean, friendly bathhouse with spa amenities in Logan Circle, Crew Club is open 24/7 and has a steam room, dry sauna, exercise equipment, tanning bed, cruising...

  • For Men
  • Sauna

Delta Elite

Brookland

An after-hours club a 15-minute cab ride from Dupont Circle, Delta Elite has been in DC for almost 37 years. It's still as hot as it was in the 70s, with hip-hop and...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

DIK Bar

Dupont Circle

The crowd skews a bit older at this Dupont Circle stand-by, but the bartenders are friendly, the karaoke is loud, and there's an Italian restaurant on the first...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Freddie's Beach Bar

Arlington, VA

Just a 15 minute drive from downtown DC-and metro-accessible via the Crystal City station-this famous Arlington bar is campy and glamorous. Karaoke, drag shows and...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Gazuza

Dupont Circle

A cozy mussel bar with a staggering number of obscure Belgian beers on tap, St. Arnold's is the perfect Dupont hangout for a low-key evening or happy hour. The wood

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Café

Green Lantern

Washington, DC Brookland

A bit out-of-the - way-tucked in an alley behind the Donovan House Hotel in Downtown DC - the Green Lantern is a cult-favorite of DC's over-thirty gay community....

  • For Men
  • Bar

J Paul's

Georgetown

A classic saloon, J Paul's is a family-friendly place to watch the game or enjoy a beer with a diverse crowd of Georgetown students, professors, politicians and...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Café

Larry's Lounge

Dupont Circle

A neighborhood favorite, the dog-friendly corner patio at gay-owned Larry's Lounge is a fantastic people-watching spot in the early afternoon or evening. Dirt-cheap...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Lounge

MOVA Lounge

U Street Corridor

MOVA Lounge - a sister club to the original in Miami - is a modernist indoor/outdoor venue for those who like to see-and-be-seen. There's a popular ladies night on...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Mr. Henry's

Capitol Hill

Practically a Capitol Hill institution, Mr. Henry's has been serving pub food and live music to a gay clientele since the 1960s. While it's less of a scene these...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Pub

Nob Hill

Columbia Heights

Historical marker HM1M14 on the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail is all that remains of Nob Hill, one of America's first openly gay bars for and run by African...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Number Nine

Logan Circle

This recently refurbished Logan Circle lounge is sleek and sophisticated, with low-lighting, wood floors, plush booths and a second floor video lounge. The...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Lounge

POV Roof Terrace and Lounge

Georgetown

This trendy and expensive lounge at the top of the W Hotel Downtown has one of the best views in the city, showcasing the Capitol and the monuments. You may have to...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Lounge

Russia House Restaurant

Dupont Circle

This eccentric Russian lounge is a charming place to sip vodka, eat caviar, and watch the Eastern European population of DC do the same, all in a large 4-story...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Other

St. Arnold's Mussel Bar on Jefferson

Dupont Circle

A cozy mussel bar with a staggering number of obscure Belgian beers on tap, St. Arnold's is the perfect Dupont hangout for a low-key evening or happy hour. The wood

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Café

The Bachelor's Mill

Capitol Hill

A long-running DC gay club serving a primarily African American clientele, The Bachelor's Mill-or "The Mill"-is also known as one of the best karoake spots in town....

  • For Men
  • Nightclub

The Dirty Goose

Shaw

One of the newest entries in the vibrant U Street Corridor, the upscale Dirty Goose may still have some fine-tuning to do, but it adds to the growing number of LGBT...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar