Moving to DC. Tips?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 03, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    Hey all --

    So I'm officially moving to DC in a few weeks! Going to live in Logan Circle with a couple of buddies. Just trying to make some friends in town so the first few weeks will go a bit easier.

    Any tips you guys can give would be appreciated. Yay! Ready to move!
  • IdkMyBffJill

    Posts: 148

    Aug 03, 2009 9:21 PM GMT

    Go to JR's on Monday nights -- place to be -- good times.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 04, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Remember Logan Circle is still in transition. Before Whole Foods moved in a few years ago, the neighborhood was down right scary. Its transformation since then has been truly amazing. But still, it was just in the past year that someone got severely beat up coming or going to a gay bar near 14th and P St. The city, unfortunately, has had a few other hate crimes lately.

    I suppose you'll join Vida Gym as its more convenient, but you should really join Results instead. I only say that because I think the Vida owner is the evil local business mogul.

    Get a SmartTrip card. It makes using the Metro and riding the bus much easier.

    Most people here are either Virginia people or Maryland people. Both states suck but DC people still seem to choose sides. I recommend Maryland. Old Town Alexandria has its charms but Bethesda is much better.

    Brennan at Bang Salon on 15th Street is very good.

    And most importantly, Dancer Jack performs occasionally at Secrets. I have yet to go see him, but I have to imagine its well worth the trip out of NW D.C.

    If you ever want to check out at Nellie's, the gay sports bar, let me know. My friends won't leave the gay ghetto on 17th St. so I have no one to go with.

    If you have any specific questions, just ask.



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 04, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    madtown - you don't support VIDA, but you recommend BANG? It's the same owner! icon_cool.gif

    madtown gave good advice. Nellie's is fun, but moreso on a Sunday night or early evening when you can enjoy the outdoor deck. Sat night & Fri night is a bit too crazy with some of the 'cattier' gays in DC.

    Definitely get out of Logan Circle from time to time. There are loads of good restaurants in Penn Quarter, and even Columbia Heights these days. With the W Hotel and Donovan Hotels opening up, there are some really good "gay-friendly" places to hang out too.
  • danisnotstr8

    Posts: 2579

    Aug 04, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    turtlesarecool saidHey all --

    So I'm officially moving to DC in a few weeks! Going to live in Logan Circle with a couple of buddies. Just trying to make some friends in town so the first few weeks will go a bit easier.

    Any tips you guys can give would be appreciated. Yay! Ready to move!


    My tip: Don't talk to most of the people you meet. They are transient, shallow, and generally concerned with themselves over everything else. Remember the arts, because DC does not.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 04, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    turtlesarecool saidHey all --

    So I'm officially moving to DC in a few weeks! Going to live in Logan Circle with a couple of buddies. Just trying to make some friends in town so the first few weeks will go a bit easier.

    Any tips you guys can give would be appreciated. Yay! Ready to move!


    My tip: Don't talk to most of the people you meet. They are transient, shallow, and generally concerned with themselves over everything else. Remember the arts, because DC does not.


    Oh man Dan, you are awesome.


    God dammit be 14 years younger and live in Winnipeg
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 04, 2009 11:14 AM GMT
    seanp7 saidmadtown - you don't support VIDA, but you recommend BANG? It's the same owner! icon_cool.gif


    I asked my stylist about it once and he said some woman named Nikki was the owner and Von Storch just provided business advice and services. I just did some research and you're right. Ugh. Time to find a new barber. icon_cry.gif

    I remembered one more thing. The 9:30 Club is (one of) the best places to see live shows in the area. Sign up for their weekly e-mail. They often announce shows and ticket sales before they advertise them to the general public.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! I move two weeks from Tuesday. Still getting a buttload of things together. Moving is such a pain.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Man I'm jealous! I'm hoping to move up to DC in the first quarter of 2010. Let us know how the move goes and how you like it there. I can't wait to get up there again. Good luck!
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Aug 10, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    It is said that any box that doesn't get unpacked within 30 days will never get unpacked.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    BAMatUF saidMan I'm jealous! I'm hoping to move up to DC in the first quarter of 2010. Let us know how the move goes and how you like it there. I can't wait to get up there again. Good luck!


    If I have any money left after my schooling, I'lll buy you a beer when you get here. Hehe.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Just don't go East of the Anacostia. Trust TheIStrat on this one...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Anacostia? I personally don't like going east of Lincoln Park, let alone Anacostia.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 10, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    smartjocktex saidAnacostia? I personally don't like going east of Lincoln Park, let alone Anacostia.



    Well I row on the Anacostia, so I like to think it's ok to at least go to the banks of t he river, but not to cross to the Eastern side of it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    TheIStrat said
    smartjocktex saidAnacostia? I personally don't like going east of Lincoln Park, let alone Anacostia.



    Well I row on the Anacostia, so I like to think it's ok to at least go to the banks of t he river, but not to cross to the Eastern side of it.


    Shall obey. Will you buy me candy now?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    Rap-It-Upicon_eek.gif
  • drakutis

    Posts: 586

    Aug 11, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    Welcome to the area.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 11:21 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidAdvice: Don't go. icon_smile.gif


    muchmorethanmuscle is to DC what roadbikerob is to Austin?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    drakutis saidWelcome to the area.


    Thanks bud!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 12:22 PM GMT
    Hey Madtown --

    Nellie's will be fairly close to where I'm living, so I'll be game!

    madtown saidRemember Logan Circle is still in transition. Before Whole Foods moved in a few years ago, the neighborhood was down right scary. Its transformation since then has been truly amazing. But still, it was just in the past year that someone got severely beat up coming or going to a gay bar near 14th and P St. The city, unfortunately, has had a few other hate crimes lately.

    I suppose you'll join Vida Gym as its more convenient, but you should really join Results instead. I only say that because I think the Vida owner is the evil local business mogul.

    Get a SmartTrip card. It makes using the Metro and riding the bus much easier.

    Most people here are either Virginia people or Maryland people. Both states suck but DC people still seem to choose sides. I recommend Maryland. Old Town Alexandria has its charms but Bethesda is much better.

    Brennan at Bang Salon on 15th Street is very good.

    And most importantly, Dancer Jack performs occasionally at Secrets. I have yet to go see him, but I have to imagine its well worth the trip out of NW D.C.

    If you ever want to check out at Nellie's, the gay sports bar, let me know. My friends won't leave the gay ghetto on 17th St. so I have no one to go with.

    If you have any specific questions, just ask.



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 12:54 PM GMT
    Congratulations! I started in DC right out of college and the city is amazing. There are parts that you definitely need to be more cautious, but just be aware and not afraid.

    Definitely explore NoVa (Northern Virginia) as well just over the river. It has some great spots too.

    JRs is always a good time. That was my first gay bar.

    Enjoy!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 11, 2009 1:04 PM GMT
    Join a gay sports team. For some reason, DC has like 100 gay sports teams.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 12, 2009 12:17 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidJoin a gay sports team. For some reason, DC has like 100 gay sports teams.


    I hear there are some cute guys on the crew team (hehe).

    I've started looking into gay leagues for basketball, softball and tennis. Will be nice - Cincinnati's gay sports scene kinda sucks.
  • DCEric

    Posts: 3713

    Aug 12, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    NoVa, are you kidding? It's like Los Angeles, but without the desert.

    pitbullguy saidCongratulations! I started in DC right out of college and the city is amazing. There are parts that you definitely need to be more cautious, but just be aware and not afraid.

    Definitely explore NoVa (Northern Virginia) as well just over the river. It has some great spots too.

    JRs is always a good time. That was my first gay bar.

    Enjoy!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 12, 2009 12:26 PM GMT
    DC is not for everyone there. I am saying this in the least stereotypical way I can because of course there are exceptions to the rule. I find that most of the guys in DC are just stuck up! I hope for your sake that you can find a chill group of people and get to enjoy DC for what it has to offer!

    Back when I was in college I remember countless nights my boys and I spent at Nation. Those were the good old days! Sadly for you, Nation closed about 3 years ago icon_sad.gif

    PS -- DC guys....have any of you been to the Halo in Miami? I'm headed down next month and wondered if I should check it out?