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Best gay/lesbian club

Fritz  |  Updated 06/02/2011

From stylish lounges to neighborhood bars to all-night dance clubs, these gay and lesbian nightspots have something for everyone.



Washington, DC

Cobalt's DJs keep the dance floor packed with a mix of retro and current hits, while happy hour draws a chatty, ready-to-profile crowd.


Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant

Arlington, VA

A brightly colored tropical getaway with karaoke, weekly drag shows and loyal regulars.


Number Nine

Washington, DC

A stylish lounge with plenty of seating, cool music and a selection of seasonal cocktails.


JR's Bar & Grill

Washington, DC

JR's attracts gay male professionals and model-types alike with its frat-house atmosphere.


Nellie's Sports Bar

Washington, DC

Nellie's is D.C.'s first gay sports bar, and the rooftop deck is as much as of an attraction as the flat-screen TVs, trivia night and drag bingo.


Phase One

Washington, DC

The oldest continually operating lesbian bar in the country, Phase One has a neighborhood vibe, strong drinks and a small dance floor.


Town Danceboutique

Washington, DC

The surprisingly cozy 20,000-square-foot club boasts a large stage for weekend drag shows and two large dance floors.


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