Being the capital city of America and the hub of governmental activities, Washington DC carries a rather businesslike aura with people dressed up formally rushing to work. To put it simply, Washington DC is a well-disciplined town with an orderly structure of daily life, well for the most part. Although the Evergreen City blows off an air of purpose and resolve, it harbors plenty of naughty places for the mischievous. In the past, it has also been instrumental in many minority activist movements. Named after the American president George Washington, the American capital continues to live up to its history of embracing minorities and offers all sorts of social spots to the LGBTQ community. Although most gay and lesbian bars are exclusive to the queer people, they are open to all.
Gay and Lesbian Bars and Clubs in Washington, D.C.
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It might come as a surprise to learn that Washington, D. At night, however, the tables are cleared away for the drinking crowds. Perhaps the most under-the-radar gay bar to outsiders, as well as the most political of Washington's gay bars, the Diner is home to high-profile Democratic and Republican operatives who regularly put aside politics when they arrive for the party. But locals simply call it Cobalt. At times it can feel a bit long in the tooth, but it routinely hosts popular parties and remains a top choice for bottomless drag brunch in Dupont Circle. The most popular night is Thursday when the long-running Best Body Contest plays to an overflowing crowd, but Cobalt also holds a popular lesbian party once a month and gogo dancers make On warm nights, beneath a massive, three-story mural of a young Elizabeth Taylor that looms over the outdoor beer garden, Dacha is the place to be.
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Want to receive exclusive GayTravel. Washington, D. Government makes up the meat of the population in this fine city, and with each passing election, the vibe shifts as people transition. While one might think this would lead to a lack of cultural stability, it actually adds a fresh fervor to the local vibe. This flow, coupled with the nature of politics, leads to a vibrant social scene that is ever-evolving.
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