June 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm EDT | by WBadmin
Town nightclub closing July 1, 2018
Town Danceboutique, LGBT nightclubs, gay news, Washington Blade

Town Danceboutique announced it will be closing on July 1, 2018. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Town Danceboutique announced that it will close for good on July 1, 2018. In a statement released by the venue owners, they announced, “After more than ten years in operation at 2009 8th street NW, in the center of the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, Town Danceboutique, the city’s largest and most well known LGBTQ night club, will be closing.” The building was sold to a developer in 2016 and will be turned into an apartment complex.

The full statement from the venue is below.

The Blade will have more information soon.

  • Town Danceboutique and Washington Blade seem to have missed their morning coffee.

    No one announces a club closedown one year away. The new owners are keen to rebuild.

    Doors shut 1 July 2017, not 2018.

  • An affiliate of Jefferson Apartment Group, according to deed records, paid $25 million for four parcels between V Street and Florida Avenue, consisting of a parking lot and the industrial building at 2009 Eighth St. NW that is currently home to the club Town Danceboutique. The seller was an affiliate of Bethesda-based Bristol Capital Corp.


  • It’s hard in a high-cost city like Washington to justify a large floor space building that usually gets used only 2 nights a week (+ patio happy hour). It tends to sell to a higher bidder, leading to a bar’s losing its lease. (The Hippo was different, I know.) That’s why disco life seems livelier in cities like Dallas (where I’ve lived and know the scene well) — simply lower land costs. I hope TownDC already has eyes on another property, maybe somewhere around Nats Park and the soccer stadium when it gets finished. It needs dependable parking (pay, not free). Maybe one idea is to rent floors in hotels or in a variety of properties in the DC-Balt area and hold large events in places like National Harbor, Maryland Live, maybe the new Ballston Quarter in Arlington when it is finished in 2018 (I love Freddie’s near Crystal City but it’s small). Maybe include occasional events in other cities (like Richmond, Charlottesville). I’ve been to The Lodge a couple times near Hagerstown, pretty interesting, wonder how it is doing now. I finallyt got to the Eagle and saw the dance floor Memorial Day, when “Bryce Harper gate” happened in the baseball game in SF and attracted all the attention.

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