Washington DC Gay Bars

Washington DC Gay Bars

Washington DC has a good selection of gay bars. Here's a list of the best gay bars and LGBT-popular pubs in the city.

Washington D.C is a global political powerhouse, and with thousands of over-worked politicos seeking chances to unwind, it’s not suprisng that the city is also home to a fantastic and established gay scene. Spread throughout D.C, and concentrated around Dupont Circle, is a bountiful collection of gay bars and clubs, representing the city’s diverse population and historic gay culture.

A new and lively LGBTQ+ bar in the Shaw district of Washington D.C. Hosting live drag shows, weekly events and exclusive deals. Currently expanding, Kiki will soon be unveiling a range of new bar spaces and cozy beer garden.

Updated: 27-Sep-2022

915 U St NW, Washington D.C


JR’s is a popular gay bar on Church Street in Washington DC. There’s a large bar downstairs and a seating area in the loft upstairs. It doesn’t really have a dance floor.

Many of the patrons are hot – just sayin’. It’s often busy, and the music varies from contemporary tracks to diva classics. There are also video screens on the walls.

There are often show tune sing-alongs. If you’re a wannabe Babs get up and make some noise.

nearest station : Dupont Circle

Features

bar, music

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

1519 17th St NW, Washington

Weekday: 4pm - 2am
Weekend: 1pm - 3am

4.5
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Gay bar in DC and a popular hangout amongst locals and tourists. Larry’s Lounge has a low-key, relaxed vibe. The friendly staff serve generous food portion and tasty cocktails.

Located in Dupont Circle, home to Washington DC’s lively gay scene.

Features

bar, music

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

1840 18th St NW, Washington

Weekday: 4pm - 2am
Weekend: 4pm - 3am

4.0
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Lively and colourful gay bar and restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. It’s roughly a 15-minute drive from Washington DC. Although Arlington can feel like a DC suburb, it’s technically a county within Virginia.

The decor is satisfyingly over the top. Decorative objects include barbies and feather boas. This place is very popular so advanced booking is recommended.

There are regular karaoke nights and themed events.

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bar, music, restaurant

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

555 23rd St S, Arlington, Washington

Weekday: 4pm - 11pm
Weekend: 4pm - 11pm

3.0
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Tomorrow:  Karaoke

DIK (Dupont Italian Kitchen) gay bar & restaurant serves fresh Italian food and hosts karaoke nights in the heart of Washington DC’s Dupont Circle area.

Friendly bar staff. DIK is frequented by an older crowd, but everyone is welcome. Open 7 days a week. Other gay venues are nearby.

nearest station : Dupont (Red Line)

Features

bar, music, karaoke, restaurant

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

637 17th St NW, Washington

Weekday: Mon-Tue 2pm - 11pm, Wed-Fri 12pm - 11pm
Weekend: 10.30am - 11pm

5.0
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The Fireplace is a lively gay dive bar in Washington DC. Located in Washington’s old gaybourhood, DuPont, this is the last remaining gay bar from that scene.

The drinks are pretty cheap, the people are friendly and the music is old school. There are two floors, each with separate bars

A great place to meet some gay locals in a laid-back environment. It can get quite busy. Happy hour is very happy. Only cash is accepted.

nearest station : Dupont Circle

Features

bar, music, dancing

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

2161 P St NW, Washington DC

Weekday: 1pm - 2am
Weekend: 1pm - 3am

4.0
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Tomorrow:  Drag Bingo / Karaoke

Friendly, casual bar in Washington D.C. for sport-loving LGBT friends. Nellie’s serves a good selection of drinks, food and light meals.

Weekly themed nights include Drag Brunch on the weekend, with karaoke, happy hour, game nights and dance parties.

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bar, music, karaoke, drag show, restaurant, shop

Updated: 15-Jun-2022

900 U St NW, Washington

Weekday: 5pm - 10pm
Weekend: 10.30am - 3am

2.5
Audience Rating

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Today:  Karaoke

Lively gay bar in Washington DC. There’s quite a “Cheers” vibe – a lot of regulars drink here and everyone seems to know everyone.

Best to get an Uber as it’s located down an alleyway (matron!). They host shirtless nights and underwear night, too.

There’s dancefloor upstairs, screens playing music videos and a very cheap happy hour.

Shirtless men drink free – 22:00 – 23:00 and men in underwear drink free between 00:00 – 00:30.

Happy hour goes on all night Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Features

bar, music, dancing

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

1335 Green Ct NW, Washington

Weekday: 4pm - 2am
Weekend: 4pm - 3am

3.7
Audience Rating

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Shaw’s Tavern isn’t a gay venue but it hosts gay events, such as Dinner-n-Drag every Sunday. The food is classic Southern Americana. Think burgers, chips and lots of chocolate cake.

Reservations are required for the drag dinners. The presiding Queen is Miss Kristina Kelly.

nearest station : Shaw-Howard University

Features

bar, drag

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

520 Florida Ave NW, Washington

Weekday: 11.30am - 10pm/12am
Weekend: 10am - 1.30am

4.5
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Trade is an unpretentious gay bar serving typical drinks that turn gigantic during their daily happy hour. Regular drag shows, DJ nights and special events – check their social media for upcoming events.

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bar, music, happy hour, cocktails, drag shows, dj nights,

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

1410 14th St NW, Washington DC

Weekday: Mon-Fri 5pm - 1.45am
Weekend: Sat-Sun 2pm - late

5.0
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This chic gay hangout has a rooftop overlooking Washington DC whilst you can enjoy their craft cocktails and signature martinis. They have regular DJ nights on the weekends, usually Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This bar is obsessed with Britney Spears.

The Dirty Goose can be rented for private events and birthday parties.

Features

bar, music, cocktails, dj nights,

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

913 U St NW, , Washington

Weekday: Mon-Thu 5pm - 11pm, Fri 4pm - 12am
Weekend: Sat 12pm - 12am, Sun 12pm - 11am

5.0
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Pitchers DC is a lively, sports-themed gay bar featuring pub grub, themed event nights & a patio area. There are plenty of TV screens showing live sports for sports fans, darts, and video games. They host occasional drag shows as well as other special events and themed nights.

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bar, music, sports, video games, drag

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

2317 18th St NW, Washington

Weekday: Wed-Fri 5pm - late
Weekend: Sat 2pm - late, Sun 2pm - 10pm

A League Of Her Own is a lively, easygoing lesbian sports bar with a dance floor and regular themed nights and special events. DJs every weekend. This bar is part of Pitchers DC.

Features

bar, music, djs,

Updated: 17-Jun-2022

2319 18th St NW, Washington

Weekday: Wed 5pm - 10pm, Thu 5pm - 12am
Weekend: Fri-Sat 3pm - 3am, Sun 3pm - 10pm

Stretched across three levels, Uproar Lounge & Restaurant is a lively gay bar offering small plates and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. The rooftop deck is especially cool. They are hosting regular themed nights and special events – dungeons & daddies, beer bust, and more. Check their social media for upcoming events.

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bar, restaurant, food, drinks, special events, themed nights,

Updated: 14-Jun-2022

639 Florida Ave NW, Washington

Weekday: Wed-Thu 5pm - 12am, Fri 5pm - 3am
Weekend: Sat 3pm - 3am, Sun 3pm - 12am

This gay-owned microbrewery is located in the Noma district of Washington DC, near the Union Market.

Red Bear Brewing Co serves craft beer, local ciders, spirits and pub grub in a hip industrial interior. It is a safe space for all that values community, diversity and sustainability.

Open seven days a week. They host regular drag bingo and trivia nights.

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bar, pub, microbrewery, food, drag, bingo, trivia,

Updated: 16-Jun-2022

209 M St NE, Washington DC

Weekday: from 11.30am
Weekend: from 11am

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