D.C.: Before the Parade Passes You By, Places to Hit Along the Route

6.4.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

Washington is no longer a stodgy business town. See what it has to offer when you visit the capital city for its Pride festivities.

Capital Pride is like no other. This June 8, fly your flag high, march to the beat of your own drum, and most importantly, don't forget to eat (or drink). Take a look at our list, courtesy of Zagat and Here TV (owned by the same parent company as Out Traveler), of some of the best restaurants and bars along the parade. Get inspired and try something new. Or hit up an old favorite. All you need, right here! To get more great suggestions, sign up for the Zagat newsletter.


Phase 1
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Atmosphere: 24
Decor: 14
Service: 22
"Ground zero for the lesbian community", this since-1970 Capitol Hill "dive" is "one of the oldest queer-lady bars in DC", keeping patrons "engaged and entertained" with a "variety" of music performances, "a drag king troupe" and Jell-O wrestling; sure, it "might not be the classiest joint" lookswise, but the "small", hopping dance floor and "cheap beer" help make it a "classic." 1415 22nd St. NW. ; 202-974-6832

 

Cobalt Nightclub/30 Degrees Lounge
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Atmosphere: 21
Decor: 19
Service: 19
It's "Pretty Boy Central" (read: "twink heaven") at this longtime Dupont Circle gay club/bar, where a "fabulous crowd" prowls the cavernous old-house setting featuring a mid-level lounge with "friendly bartenders" (30 Degrees) and a top-floor space to "dance the night away" (Cobalt); there's almost "always something going on", including karaoke, retro and "best package" nights – all of which makes it easier to "meet people . . . if you're not shy." 1639 R St. NW.; 202-462-6569

 

Townhouse Tavern
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PBR on tap, Big Buck Hunter arcade action, free pool Wednesdays and Journey on the jukebox keep this two-story dive popular with a mixed crowd of Dupont neighbors and spillovers from Cobalt, the gay dance club next door; if the tight digs inspire claustrophobia, escape to the patio for people peeping and cheap eats. 1637 R St. NW; 202-234-5747

 

DIK Bar (aka Windows)
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Best known for thrice-weekly karaoke parties, the upstairs bar (also known as Windows) at this 17th Street landmark Italian is a mainstay for older gents, but its worn barstools and comfy, mismatched sofas welcome wannabe rock stars of all ages and persuasions; downstairs, the dining room serves up reasonably priced and dependable red-sauce staples. 1637 17th St. NW; 202-328-3222

 

Annie's Paramount Steakhouse
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DC's self-proclaimed 'gayest neighborhood steakhouse' serves up the sizzle in Dupont with bistro seating on its see-and-be-seen glass-enclosed patio and two floors of banquette dining; though some guests have a beef with the prices, the more affordable oversized salads and brunch items - plus a lively late-night bar scene – help raise the stakes. 1609 17th St. NW; 202-232-0395

 

JR's Bar & Grill
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Atmosphere: 24
Decor: 20
Service: 21
A "go-to for the gays", this "always-fun" Dupont Circle "classic" boasts "enough traffic to keep you entertained for at least a few rounds", whether you're "people-watching" from the upstairs mezzanine or looking to "meet new guys" in the exposed-brick and polished-wood main bar; the $15 all-you-can-drink Thursday happy hour is "one of DC's most popular", and with show tune sing-alongs, amateur drag nights and "great bartenders", it's often "standing room only." 1519 17th St. NW; 202-328 0090

 

Number Nine
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Marble-topped bars and chic leather booths lend a grown-up vibe as friendly bartenders sling two-for-one happy hour libations at this swanky gay lounge near Logan Circle. Thursday–Saturday, VJs set the tone at the packed video bar upstairs. 1435 P St. NW; 202-986-0999

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