Going to DC this weekend. Best gay bars/clubs?

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    Oct 23, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm heading to DC this weekend and looking to find a good gay club for a crazy Saturday night. I haven't been to DC since I was an intern 4 years ago and I hear the places I used to like are closed.

    Any suggestions from DC residents? Best bar? Best club?
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    Oct 23, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
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  • got2get2it

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    When I lived there, Cobalt (17th & T St?) was a very popular dance place, especially for younger guys.

    Another place is Apex at 22nd & P St. Older and more shirtless than Cobalt.

    A good hangout place before the clubs is JR's on 17th st a few blocks south of Cobalt. Very popular and crowded.

    Have fun. DC is a great place to hang out.
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    Oct 23, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    got2get2it saidWhen I lived there, Cobalt (17th & T St?) was a very popular dance place, especially for younger guys.

    Another place is Apex at 22nd & P St. Older and more shirtless than Cobalt.

    A good hangout place before the clubs is JR's on 17th st a few blocks south of Cobalt. Very popular and crowded.

    Have fun. DC is a great place to hang out.


    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm really looking forward to being in a different, fun city for a little while
  • drakutis

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    Oct 23, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    Stay in the Dupont circle area and you will find several clubs. Google DC gay clubs and see what comes up.
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    Oct 23, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    If you are looking for newer places, you can go to Nellie's (a gay sports bar) first and then head over Town (a club) later in the evening. They are only a couple blocks apart. Town has drag shows and dancers, if you appreciate either.

    I have friends who like Halo (an upscale bar), which isn't too far from the gay strip of 17th St., where Cobalt and JRs are.

    You can check out these and other places at http://www.metroweekly.com/nightlife/directory/#neighbor1
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    Oct 23, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    DC Native here... icon_smile.gif

    The newest places are as follows:

    Town- A huge two-level dance club... new york style hugeness. Friday nights are younger guys... Saturday nights is a more eclectic crowd.... young to older. Its a great great club and its a TON of fun if you want to dance. (Located at 8th and U St. NW, Washington.... don't walk around if you dont know the area, its not DANGEROUS but its not the BEST neighborhood either. Just cab it from door to door.) Make sure to bring cash, because the bar only take cash.... but there is an ATM inside just in case.

    Nellies: 9th and U St, NW. A bi-level sports bar. Popular with people in their mid 20s to 30's. Really fun to hang out and chat it up with friends. My personal favorite overall... unless I'm in a dancing mood, in which case I'll head to town, which is literally a block away. icon_biggrin.gif

    Halo: 15th and P st, NW. (Across from the Whole Foods). A more classy joint... usually a working professional sort of crowd. Its the place to see and be seen. Be prepared to look pretty and find people who think they are the sh*t standing around. its a little pretentious but its a nice bar, great ambience/lighting and the drinks are yummy too.

    Cobalt: Used to be the center of gay life (was my favorite), but it sort of died off when Town opened up.... 17th and R St, NW. Still popular on thursday nights with their famous Underwear Contests.... lol.

    Apex: Used to be the big dance club, but also kind of died down when Town opened up.... I've heard the crowd is 'interesting' nowadays...

    JR's: 17th & Corcoran, NW. A fun bar with a wide range of people. Slightly older crowd. Fun 'theme' nights throughout the week.

    Yeah, I think thats about it... I'm trying to think if there are any other places.... those are the most popular ones... message me if you like / have more questions!

    -Z
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    If you want to hear good music, 9:30 is excellent, and they are gay friendly, at least they were last time I was there.
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    Oct 24, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    Again, thanks for the suggestions gents!

    Here's to Saturday night!
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    Oct 24, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    got2get2it saidWhen I lived there, Cobalt (17th & T St?) was a very popular dance place, especially for younger guys.

    Another place is Apex at 22nd & P St. Older and more shirtless than Cobalt.

    A good hangout place before the clubs is JR's on 17th st a few blocks south of Cobalt. Very popular and crowded.

    Have fun. DC is a great place to hang out.


    My friends and I used to go to Apex every weekend when I was in college!

    awww.... memories icon_sad.gif
  • VinBaltimore

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    Oct 24, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    Is Remington's still fun? I haven't been there in AGES, but it was always a really good time even though I'm not all that into the whole country and western thing.