Visiting the DC area...

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    Feb 11, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    Visiting the DC area at the end of the month...
    Any suggestions on fun things to see/do? First time in that area...Thanks...
  • treader

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    Feb 12, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    Not sure what you're interested in, but here's a good DC site for activities. I've found some great places by searching this site, but that's me.

    http://www.washington.org/index.cfm?blnNavView=True&idContentType=635&idCurrentPage=29

    If you're a cowboy (or like to two-step), then Remingtons is a must! I love this place. Wish that we had one in Boston.
    http://www.remingtonswdc.com/

    Also pick up or search the Washington Blade newspaper:
    http://www.washblade.com/

    Have a great trip...
  • drakutis

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    Feb 12, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    If your talking monuments there all over the place, BUT gay wise you have several places you can hit depending on the type of crowd you're looking for.


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    Feb 12, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Dupont Circle is the epicircle of gay life in DC. Many bars, gay bookshop, gay guys all over the place. Dupont Circle Metro Stop North is right there. Come up from the bowels of Hell...there is an old underground street car station above it, so the Dupont Circle Metro Stop is very deep and the escalators is one of the longest in the world

    Mall is, of course, the center of the monuments, the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, White House, and the Capitol. The Smithsonian Metro Stop puts you in the middle of the Mall.

    If you give more specifics of what you are interested in during your visit, then I can help you more.

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    Feb 12, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the info...
    would like to find some great eating establishments...
    interested in the less touristy spots of town...
    nightlife wise...I am pretty much a tshirt and jeans sort of dude...so something that would fall into that category...sorry for the vagueness...
    I will be staying near the Pentagon...if thats of any help...
    Thanks again...
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    Feb 12, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    Staying near the Pentagon...Crystal City? Then you are right on the metro and transportation is easy... and very near me ... icon_biggrin.gif

    I dont know if you would call this great, but it isnt bad. Probably the most famous gay restaurant in town and just a few blocks east of Dupont Circle: Annie's Paramount Steakhouse. Annie's has a bar to sit at. Great way to start a conversation and then move on to dinner.

    All gay nightspots are tshirt and jeans. At Dupont Circle you can just wander in and out of the bars.

    My favorite place is Remington's on Capitol Hill. Country-western dancing. Nice group of people.

    What are your less touristy interests?

    Just be careful where you wander off to at night. Stay out of SE and NE, except right on Capitol Hill. (The Capitol Building on top of Capitol Hill...duh!...is the center point from which DC is divided into unequal sized quadrants.)
    The Mall and NW are safe. Dupont is in the NW.
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    Feb 12, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
    What gay spots are in Dupont Circle? Other than that Fireplace joint? I've been to the bars down on...is it 17th or 15th between P and R?

    I'll be in DC in late April and am having a hellacious time finding hotels in the city that are under my workplace's travel limit on lodging. Ugh. I'm going to end up all the way out in Crystal City!
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    Feb 12, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Gay life in DC:

    http://washingtondc.gaycities.com/

    Way out in Crystal City! Poor thing. DC has an excellent, clean, safe metro system that is really good for getting around.

    Dont take any food down in the metro. They are ruthless. Dragged a 12 yo girl out in handcuffs for eating french fries. Ticketed a lady while eating her last bite going down the escalator. As a tourist you may only get a warning, but I wouldnt push my luck.
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    Feb 12, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    Trivia question: What metal forms the apex of the Washington Monument and why was it used?
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    aluminum, right? because it was so difficult to extract at one time that it was pricier than gold... is that correct?
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    Feb 28, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    RunintheCity saidWhat gay spots are in Dupont Circle? Other than that Fireplace joint? I've been to the bars down on...is it 17th or 15th between P and R?

    I'll be in DC in late April and am having a hellacious time finding hotels in the city that are under my workplace's travel limit on lodging. Ugh. I'm going to end up all the way out in Crystal City!


    Oh, Crystal City's fine if it comes to that. Basically anywhere close to the Metro will get you into town pretty quick. In Virginia, Arlington or Alexandria are definitely doable. Anything else is too far. Silver Spring Metro is the furthest out I'd want to be from DC if I had to stay in Maryland. And if you don't mind slightly sketchy, someplace around the New York Ave Metro will probably be affordable.

    You might also check out guesthouses/B&Bs. There are a few in the city.

    As for bars, Logan Circle is really overtaking Dupont as the "gayborhood" -- Dupont is turning more into a place for the older, richer and straighter.

    In Logan, Halo on 15th & P is pretty much *the* gay bar now, and by late April Nellie's sports bar on 9th & U should have their awesome roof deck open. I'm not much of a bar guy, but I know there are a couple clubby type places that have opened in the Shaw neighborhood, which is adjacent to Logan. Town is one, and I think the other is BeBar, but I can't vouch for them since I haven't been to either.

    Back in Dupont, JR's is the old reliable, and Cobalt is a little more spacious and upscale (though my friends and I all joke it looks like a Pottery Barn catalog). And there's the Fireplace (shady), Apex (haven't been in years, but guessing it's still a reliable dance club), and Omega (are you lonesome tonight?).

    I second Caslon's recommendation of Remington's, if you want to trek to the wastelands of Capitol Hill. And there's usually a gay night going on at a straight club. Pick up a free Metro Weekly magazine anywhere you see a lot of gay people, and it should list all that week's goings on.

    As for eating, lots of great restaurants here, more than I can name. But if you want an authentic, non-touristy DC experience, be sure to go to an Ethiopian restaurant. Meskerem in Adams Morgan is pretty good, but I think the epicenter of the Ethiopian community is shifting towards U Street/Shaw. I hear Dukem is good, but I haven't been. Etete on 9th & U is the "upscale" Ethiopian and pretty good.

    Colorado Kitchen is sublime comfort food made by a lesbian food nazi in the middle of nowhere, but it's worth the trip. And Straits of Malaya is pretty darn good (not "great"), but it's usually filled with gay people and is close to the craziness of Adams Morgan. And next door is a gay bar of sorts, more like a neighborhood gay bar, called Larry's Lounge, where you'll be more likely to have a nice chat with the locals than to find any cute young things to cruise.

    Speaking of Adams Morgan, the Duplex Diner at 18th & U is an extremely popular hangout for the gay boys, but most people go for the drinks rather than the food, which, I'm sorry to say, sucks.

    (BTW, if anybody tells you to go to Lauriol Plaza, DON'T! It's crappy, mediocre Mexican food, but in an upscale setting that make tourists and suburbanites feel like they're having a night out. Straits of Malaya is right across the street anyway.)

    And that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Hope this helps, and hope you like our quaint little federal village! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    Does anyone know anything about the Club Quarters Hotel on 17th st downtown? I got put there by Priceline, which I was forced to do as a result of budget issues with work travel. I don't know that area or if that's a decent hotel. I've never heard of them before. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 13, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidDoes anyone know anything about the Club Quarters Hotel on 17th st downtown? I got put there by Priceline, which I was forced to do as a result of budget issues with work travel. I don't know that area or if that's a decent hotel. I've never heard of them before. icon_neutral.gif


    Considering it's across the street from the White House, I think you are safe. Plus, it's really close to a metro stop, so it will be easy to get around.