October 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Nightlife

To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here.

Best Outside-the-District Bar

Freddie’s Beach Bar

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Freddie’s Beach Bar (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

555 23rd St.

South Arlington, Va.

703-685-0555

freddiesbeachbar.com

Runner-up: Club Hippo

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Best Rehoboth Bar

Blue Moon

Runner-up: Purple Parrot

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Blue Moon (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

After more than 30 years of entertaining crowds of tourists and locals alike, the Blue Moon is an iconic presence on Baltimore Avenue. The restaurant side of the building serves up some of the best food in town, while the bar side is busy year round. From the friendly bartenders — Matt, Chandler, Rich and others — to the lineup of entertainment, which includes Cashetta, Mona Lotts and, of course, the Queen of Rehoboth, Pamala Stanley, there’s always an energetic and welcoming vibe at the Moon. (KN)

Blue Moon

35 Baltimore Ave.

302-227-6515

bluemoonrehoboth.com

Best Happy Hour

Bear Happy Hour at Town

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Bear Happy Hour at Town Danceboutique (Washington Blade photo by Jon Wooten)

Fridays from 6-10 p.m.

Town Danceboutique

2009 8th St., N.W.

202-234-8696

towndc.com

Runner-up: Nellie’s Sports Bar

Best Place to Meet Men

Nellie’s Sports Bar

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Nellie’s Sports Bar (Washington Blade photo by Lee Whitman)

900 U St., N.W.

202-332-6355

nelliessportsbar.com

Runner-up: JR.’s

Best Drag Show

Ladies of Town

Runner-up: D.C. Kings

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Ladies of Town (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Ladies of Town perform cabaret style every Friday and Saturday night downstairs at 10:30 p.m. and feature many of the most well-known and established drag queens in the D.C. area. The cast is Lena Lett, Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Tatianna and Epiphany B. Lee. The Ladies of Town also won this award in 2008, 2011 and 2012. (JD)

Town Danceboutique

2009 8th St. N.W.

202-234-8696

towndc.com

 

Best Place to Meet Women

Phase 1

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Phase 1 (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

525 8th St. S.E.

202-544-6831

phase1dc.com

Runner-up: Ladies Tea at Hank’s Oyster Bar

Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar

Dacha Beer Garden

Runner-up: Stoney’s

 

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Dacha Beer Garden (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Beer lovers rejoice. This beer garden, located in the Shaw neighborhood, is perfect for expanding your beer palate. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even order a boot of beer — exactly what the name suggests. (MC)

Dacha Beer Garden

1600 7th St., N.W.

202-524-8790

Best Live Music

9:30 Club

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9:30 Club (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

815 V St. N.W.

202-265-0930

930.com

Runner-up: Black Cat

Best Neighborhood Bar

JR.’s

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JR.’s (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

1519 17th St., N.W.

202-328-0090

jrsbar-dc.com

Runner-up: Nellie’s Sports Bar

Best Men’s Party

Mixtape

Runner-up: Bear Happy Hour at Town

 

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Mixtape (Photo by David Claypool | kaloramaphoto.com)

Mixtape, which celebrated its sixth anniversary last month, wins this category again this year after last winning in 2012. The monthly dance party, where DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer spin “anything you can dance to” has its third annual Mixtape Halloween Bash Oct. 31 at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. N.W.). Doors open at midnight and tickets are $10. (JD)

Mixtape

Locations vary

mixtapedc.com

 

Best Women’s Party

Phasefest

Runner-up: Bare by LURe

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Phasefest (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

Best Alt Party

GAY/BASH!

The Black Cat

1811 14th St., N.W.

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Joshua Vogelsong of GAY/BASH! (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Next event is Halloween Freak Show Saturday night, a queer night of rock and pop gems with DJs Dean Sullivan and Josh Vogelsong and performances by Heidi Glum and Rumor Millz. Doors open 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Tickets available at the door or at blackcatdc.com. GAY/BASH! also won this prize last year. (JD)

Runner-up: Otter Crossing

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