Golden Girls Viewing Party and Happy Hour

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Editorial Review

Happy Hour of the Week: Golden Girls at Nellie's
By Fritz Hahn
Friday, August 3, 2012

There’s no one reason why “The Golden Girls” has such a large gay following. The sharply acerbic dialogue, the family relationship among strong female characters, the show’s willingness to tackle such issues as AIDS and gay marriage before most other network shows did are all part of it, we suppose.

That fandom is on display every Monday in the main dining room at Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street. From 5 p.m. to midnight, the big screen shows nothing but “The Golden Girls” episodes, complete with the soundtrack at full volume. Dozens of fans hang out, laugh, sing the familiar theme song and occasionally offer “Rocky Horror”-style commentary on the plots.

“I never thought it would do as well as it’s doing,” says Nellie’s owner Doug Schantz, “but I think it can get even bigger.” He has no plans to put the parties on ice once Monday Night Football starts again -- even though Nellie’s is a sports bar -- but will keep the two parties going on separate floors.

There are themed cocktails for each of the Girls -- like a mint julep for Southern belle Blanche, or a tall vodka soda with bitters for Dorothy -- for $5 all night, as well as the bar’s regular Beat the Clock happy hour, where deals start with $2 vodka drinks and Miller Lite at 5 p.m. and go up $1 every hour until 8 p.m.

Mondays 5 p.m. to midnight. Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. 202-332-6355. www.nelliessportsbar.com. Free.