Capital Pride is a 12-day event focused on celebrating equality, unity and members of the LGBT community. This year, the festivities which kicked off yesterday runs through June 10, and in honor of Capital Pride, many local restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be featuring special food and drink discounts, parties and events for area residents and visitors alike. After the day’s celebrations, keep the party going with one of these fun, Pride after-parties.
1639 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Cobalt is recognized as D.C.’s premier gay lounge and nightspot, so it’s sure to be a great place to party after a long day at the Capital Pride festivities. Cobalt provides high quality cocktails, sexy bartenders, a dynamic cast of DJs and a dance floor that takes up an entire level in the club. Come early and enjoy a delicious dinner at Level One, chill out in the lounge area or toast the night away with great drink specials like $5 martinis on Mondays. Special events held at the club include Flashback retro dance parties on Tuesdays, best package contests on Thursdays and karaoke on Sundays and Wednesdays.
525 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Enjoy a full-service bar, pool tables, Jello wrestling and more at Phase 1, the country’s oldest and longest running lesbian-friendly bar located near the Eastern Market Metro. The club is geared towards the indie/punk rock music crowd and features special events like drag king shows, beer pong and flip cup contests. Other events include karaoke nights, special guest DJs, burlesque shows and more. The club has been in service for more than 40 years and promises to provide its guests with excellent service and reasonable drink prices.
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2212 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Omega Nightclub is known as one of Washington D.C.’s most legendary gay bars. The two-level establishment features four full-service bars as well as plenty of space to dance the night away or sit and watch the action unfold. Catch the latest music videos among the backdrop of television screens, participate in a pool tournament or simply enjoy drink specials with your friends. Special events featured at the club include drag shows, bingo, variety shows, karaoke and two-for-one drink specials. On Wednesdays, shirtless men drink free, so if you’re willing to leave your modesty at the door, you can take advantage of some serious savings.
Lace on the Avenue
2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20018
Like its name suggest, Lace on the Avenue is a pretty, sexy boutique lounge and bar geared toward the ladies who enjoy the finer things in life. Dine on delicious appetizers, sandwiches and vegetarian dishes while soaking in the posh and modern decor. The lounge frequently hosts fun networking events, ladies only nights and karaoke, but continuously serves up great happy hours deals. Don’t forget to order drinks with sexy-sounding names like Sin City and Frisky Sour. Other special events hosted at the club include wine tastings, lesbian and bisexual meet and greets, astrological birthday bashes, pajama and other themed-parties and live local entertainment.
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2009 8th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Every night is a party at Town, D.C.’s largest gay nightclub. The two-story establishment features multiple party rooms, a plush lounge area, state-of-the-art video and lighting equipment and more. Catch a cabaret-style drag show every Friday and Saturday night for a unique way to close out the day’s Capital Pride festivities. Town is also known to host internationally renowned DJs and other musical superstars. Past special guests have included celebrities such as Raja, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race show. Town Danceboutique guests must be 21 and older on Saturday nights, so be sure to bring your I.D. if you’re planning on partying here.