Washington, D.C. City Guide: LGBTQ+ Edition

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Washington, D.C. City Guide: LGBTQ+ Edition

by Anna Harissis

Out App city guides feature LGBTQ-friendly businesses that will be featured on Out App, and more!
According to a recent study, Washington, D.C. actually has the highest LGBTQ+ population percentage (10.7% of the total population) in the United States. Also, The District of Columbia is one of the few places in the country where LGBTQ+ rights are codified and solidly protected!
Washington, D.C. is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the US, and we have plenty of stops for you to check out. The city has so many inclusive places where you can feel free to be yourself!

Where to Stay:

“You’ll find YOTEL Washington DC in the thick of the action next to Capitol Hill. Walk through history and discover views of The US Capitol Buildings, The Supreme Court, and a collection of other historical and political monuments to be found in and around Washington Monument Grounds. Stay with us at YOTEL Washington DC and enjoy its playful design together with technology-driven experiences.”

“At The Dupont Circle, we would like you to enjoy the utmost comfort during your stay in the Nation’s Capital. In addition to stylish guest rooms and suites, our hotel features a range of luxurious amenities and services that will make your stay with us a memorable one.”

“Just like the fountain that bears Dupont Circle’s name, Hotel Madera has been a fixture of this quirky area and a beloved neighborhood hangout since it opened. We closed to reinvent ourselves, but isn’t it nice when some things stay the same? Things like thoughtful design, warm staff, and the sense of peace, privacy, and ease you feel when you walk through the door. The way we welcome guests as part of our family, maybe better. Like members of an exclusive club. Our friendly feel and perfect location. Our small-groups-only approach to meetings. Spacious guest rooms and suites with roomy balconies. And we’re sure Firefly will once again take its place as a favorite among locals. A second home.”

“The Phoenix Park Hotel is where sophistication meets comfort. Our historic Washington DC hotel remains loyal to the style of the original 1920’s architecture while embracing a contemporary guestroom design suitable for both the corporate or leisure traveler.  The Irish heritage is found at The Dubliner, our classic Irish restaurant and bar where guests are treated to authentic Irish / American cuisine. Located in the heart of the city, our Washington DC hotel is just steps from Union Station, the US Capitol and all the history and the evolving attractions that Washington, DC has to offer.”

Where to Eat:

Contemporary eatery featuring American fare, plus a bar, an open kitchen & patio seating.

Chef Edward Lee's classy eatery melds Dixie & Asian flavors in an inventive menu.

Celebrity chef's high-end Mexican fare in a glamorous bi-level setting with killer waterfront views.

Elevated takes on comfort food presented in a sophisticated 1920s-themed setting.

“No Goodbyes is an all-day neighborhood hangout from Chef Opie Crooks that taps the farmers, fishers, and small-time ranchers in DC’s own backyard—The Chesapeake Bay—to create an eclectic mix of feel-good dishes morning, noon, and night. Choose-your-own-way-to-dine from several distinct menus and spaces, including a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop.”

Where to Drink:

Lively, easygoing lesbian sports bar with a dance floor & event nights.

Games on TV, drag events (bingo & brunch), poker nights & karaoke draw patrons to this casual pub.

A popular happy hour, show-tune singalongs & other events draw crowds to this neighborhood gay bar.

“As You Are exists to hold and cultivate a safe and celebratory space for the LGBTQIA+ community. Café by day, bar and dance lounge by night, As You Are welcomes LGBTQIA+ patrons, from all walks of life, and allies in a versatile haven for queer expression and connection. Prioritizing safety first and foremost, As You Are advances an enthusiastic model of consent, ensuring guests are fully comfortable and empowered by the space.”

This upscale, bi-level gay bar offers inventive cocktails on both floors & a video bar upstairs.

Where to Go Out:

“Queer DJ collective in DC, dancing in community every second Sunday!”

Narrow, no-nonsense gay bar offering typical drinks, including huge cocktails during happy hour.

Gay bar with lounge hosting special events such as live exotic dancers & '80s nights.

Lively, sports-themed gay bar featuring pub grub, themed event nights & a patio area.

Lively tri-level gay bar offering small plates & sushi in a relaxed atmosphere with a rooftop deck.

Where to Shop:

Sprawling boutique showcasing an eclectic selection of vintage furniture & funky home decor.

Cozy independent bookshop with various titles & author readings, plus coffee & pastries on weekends.

“Our Washington DC store is located in the bustling historic district of Logan Circle. Amid the iconic historic homes, popular restaurants and performance venues, this store is your destination for luxury timepieces, beautiful leather goods and other gifts built to last. This shop features a curated assortment of Shinola products including classics like our Runwell timepiece and Cass Hobo leather bag.”

SOMEWHERE® is an independent retail store & coffee shop from Washington, DC sourcing international streetwear and shoe brands.

“Union Market is the epicenter of culinary creativity in DC with over 40 local vendors and much more to come.”

What to Do:

Events group that’s providing a “safe space for DMV LGBTQIA+ young adults to celebrate queerness”

Red Bear Brewing Co. is an industrial spot offering brewed on-site beers as well as local cider & other spirits, plus pub grub.

“When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum complex, with approximately 155 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people.”

“Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.”

“Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. This 1,754 acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the third national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.”

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